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Selling? Then Step On The Marketing Accelerator!
by Hilda Allen, owner of Hilda W Allen Real Estate, Inc.

Hilda Allen, owner of Hilda W Allen Real Estate, Inc. - knows golf course real estate.  In her latest article, Owners realize there is more than one way to drive the sale home.

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Grow the Game by Lowering Frustration
by Michael Hebron, Director of Golf at Smithtown Landing Country Club 

Lower Frustration – Gain New Players.  PGA Master, Michael Hebron, Director of Golf at Smithtown Landing Country Club, offers insights on growing the game.

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2012 Golf Participation Report – More Detail than Summary Distributed in Last Month’s Issue

2012 Golf Participation ReportThe 2012 NGF Golf Participation in America Report is now available to members at www.ngf.org. This report provides more detail than the 1-page summary report.

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Recreational Time & Discretionary Spending Under Pressure but Golf Holding Steady

Recreational Time & Discretionary Spending Under Pressure but Golf Holding Steady With the economic pressures and uncertainty of the past several years, there have been reasons for golf businesses to be concerned about the amount of discretionary time and money being dedicated to golf.

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Municipal Golf as a Vital Community Asset
As published in the June 2012 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine
by Richard Singer

Municipal Golf as a Vital Community Asset In working as a consultant primarily serving municipal golf courses, I learned that preserving the economic health of these vital community assets has become a constant challenge.

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ROUNDS PLAYED REPORT
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April 2012

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2012 State of the Golf Industry Presentation Released

2012 NGF Symposium State of the Golf Industry Presentation2012 was the second consecutive NGF Golf Business Symposium sellout at the Union League Club of Chicago. With more than 110 industry leaders attending, the intimate event had a cross-section of golf’s most influential executives representing every major business segment. See full attendee list here. The Symposium content is developed to provide a pre-season intelligence briefing for the leadership of the golf industry. As with the previous four Symposia, original NGF content was balanced with outside speakers who contributed their own unique perspective to the challenges and opportunities facing our business.

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL’S ROCKY START PROVIDES A WORTHWHILE HISTORY LESSON
by Robert Harris - Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator - Levett Rockwood, PC

Robert talks about how perseverance and vision helped Augusta National to be what it is today.

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