Longitudes Group today announced the release of its 2013 Market Trend Report on USA Off-Course Golf retail. For the first time in five years, the golf market experienced an increase in both doors and retail square footage. 2007 marked the peak before the economic downturn that brought many retail sectors devastating losses. Relative stability settled into the market in 2012, perhaps as the independent competitors relinquished control to the moneyed few. The specialty golf channel is now dominated by the national chains. 71% of all square footage and 30% of the door counts are owned by multi-door retailers with store footprints over 10,000 square feet.
Sara Killeen, President of Longitudes Group, was interviewed for the making of PBS's latest documentary, Golf's Grand Design airing on August 3rd on PBS stations nationwide. Check your local PBS station for the local schedule. See the trailer here: