Hello golf stakeholders:
Labor Day is now in the rearview mirror and much of the north is experiencing what the weather gurus are calling a “false Fall” (unseasonably cool, unusually early, but not to last). That should be favorable for golf both in demand as well as helping the Superintendents keep things growing longer. Jim K. headlines this month discussing how golf supply size and shape has changed since the pandemic. While COVID has alleviated the need to “plow a course a day”, it’s still critical that we have the right mix of supply within markets and our tracking of transactions over time shows how the industry is finding its way there. Stuart Lindsay rebuts (and brings some facts to the table) a recent industry pundit’s article suggesting that, while performance measurement and benchmarking are sorely needed in golf, it’s not going to happen in our lifetime. Stuart outlines why we disagree or are going to die trying to make it a reality in our lifetime and how our Golf Market Research Center effort is making steady (albeit slow) progress against reducing the participation barriers (via automated data transfer) and actually getting the numbers right.
This month’s By-the-Numbers section tracks the critical Utilization Rate figure for July which was up a healthy 4 points and, even more interesting, was a 2nd consecutive month of that rare combination of Golf Playable Hours down/Rounds up. We’ve already compiled the August rounds “preview”, courtesy of our Golf Market Research Center (GMRC) subscribers, and it suggests that we’ll get a slight “up” on Utilization via a gain in rounds exceeding our +5% weather tailwind. If you want to know those numbers on a regular basis, you can either participate in GMRC (course operators) or sign up for a Publications Membership (everyone else).
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