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TRENDING UPWARD NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION REPORT SHOWS GOLF IS HEALTHY, DESPITE COURSE CLOSURES E ven with the extended drought, the economic recession caused by the hous- ing bubble, and numerous other regional and local difficult circumstances, golf continues to grow in California since 1999. While Golden State courses and dedicated practice facilities have closed during the near-20 year dramatic growth period for the game since the start of the 21st century, overall, California had 30 more 18-hole golf courses at the close of 2016 compared to 1999. During the 1999-2016 period, the National Golf Foundation (NGF) in Jupiter, Fla. found that 112 "18-hole equivalent" facilities opened since Jan. 1, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2016. The net loss of 82 of those 18-hole equivalent facilities during that time frame includes California course closures in 2015 analyzed by COURTESY STEVINSON RANCH The highly acclaimed Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Merced County was one especially unwelcome victim of California's slight contraction of golf facilities, closing after a 20-year run in 2015. 12 SEPT/OCT 2017 / G O L F N E W S /

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