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Supporting Golf’s Leadership – NGF Top Membership Level Now at 60 Companies with Greatest Access to Market Intelligence 

The National Golf Foundation reports that since enhancing the benefits package for their highest membership level (“Business Elite”) only two years ago, they have nearly doubled the number of companies who invest $5,000 annually to gain greatest access to NGF’s exclusive industry databases and market intelligence.

In early 2009, NGF conducted a review of its membership classes and solicited feedback from member and non-member organizations in different segments. The results were shared with the NGF Board of Directors and the decision was made to increase the scope of services provided to those companies who commit the most to supporting the organization.   Member dues are the only source of funding for NGF’s independent and objective research on the golf industry.

Roughly two years later, the count of Business Elite members has grown from the low 30’s in 2009 to 60 companies who support the NGF with $5,000 annually.  In return, NGF provides special “on-call” concierge-consultant service as well as database assets, exclusive research and data sets, speaking appearances, presentation support and a free $895 ticket to their annual Golf Business Symposium. 

The new Elite members on the roster are a combination of business members (benefits priced at $495 annually) who chose to upgrade, and many who were new to the NGF.  Six were added in the last few months of 2009, 10 were added in 2010 and 12 more new Elite members have come on board through July of 2011.  “We are fortunate to have such a blue chip list of Elite members representing the golf industry’s most respected brands, management companies and associations,” says Greg Nathan, NGF Senior Vice President.  “At a time when many in the industry have more questions than answers, NGF’s unique assets allow us to support golf’s leaders with the market intelligence, trends and insights to help them make their decisions from a position of strength.  Mitigating risk and doubt allows companies to prosecute their strategies with more confidence,” Nathan added.

The list includes dozens of equipment, apparel and accessories manufacturers, 12 turf and vehicle related brands, seven golf course management companies, six retailers, six associations, six media organizations, four financial services firms and two golf travel organizations.

NGF Business Elite Members

Acushnet

Adams Golf

Aldila

American Golf Corp.

Back9 Network

BASF Corp.

Bayer Environmental Science

BC Partners

Billy Casper Golf

Bridgestone

Callaway

Century Golf

Cleveland/Srixon

Club Car

Club Corp

CNL

Cobra-Puma

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Eagle Golf

Eaton – Golf Pride Grips

Edwin Watts Golf Shops

Etonic

FEMCO/KBS Shafts

Golf Channel/Golfnow.com

GCSAA

Golf Digest/Golf World

GOLF Magazine/Golf.com

Golf Town

Golfsmith

GolfThere.com

Golfweek

Hunter Industries

John Deere

Kemper Sports

Kurt Salmon

LPGA

MG Golf

Mizuno USA

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Nike Golf

Par Aide

PGA of America

PGA Tour

PGA Tour Superstore

PING

Polara Golf

SkyGolf

Swing Vision Group

Syngenta

TaylorMade-adidas

Textron/Jacobsen/EZ-GO

TGW.com

Toro

TransFirst/GolfPay

Troon Golf

True Temper

USGA

Winn Grips

World Golf Foundation

Yamaha Golf Car


Business Elite members enjoy access to NGF’s statistical and facility databases and sophisticated analytical applications. Using its extensive research archive and information gathering capabilities, the NGF provides custom analysis of participation, retail, course development, transactions and consumer trends on behalf of Business Elite members. In addition, these stakeholders receive special Elite-only updates on golf’s leading economic indicators such as consumer and retailer confidence, course openings, closings, operations and other metrics.

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List of Current NGF Business Elite Members



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