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National Golf Foundation Presents Inaugural Municipal Golf Institute

A unique national conference that explores the challenges and opportunities for municipal golf course operations

Jupiter, FL, May 17, 2012 --( The NGF, in cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the National Training Center (NTC) for Public Facility Managers at Oglebay, present the inaugural Municipal Golf Institute (MGI). This national forum is designed to provide municipal golf course operators and public administrators with a better understanding of key issues facing municipal golf facilities, as well as specific ideas to strengthen their operations and improve bottom line economics.

The MGI, to be held September 4-7, 2012 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, will provide interactive learning and discussion on key oversight issues (governance, basic management structure, political considerations), as well as day-to-day operational issues (growing rounds, increasing revenue and controlling expenses). Educational topics will include:

· The Past, Present, and Future of Municipal Golf
· Municipal Golf: Public Service or Public Burden?
· Which Operating Model is Best for Your Community
· The Discounting Dilemma: Finding the Right Balance
· Improving Revenues: Strategies You Can Take Home
· Methods to Grow the Game of Golf

The MGI represents the next step in the evolution of NGF’s highly successful National Institute for Golf Management (NIGM) that was held at Oglebay Resort for 20 years through 2009. NGF’s goal is to build on the success of NIGM and establish MGI as an evergreen conference for municipal golf course operators.

“We are seeing so much stress in the municipal golf segment,” says Richard Singer, Director of Consulting Services for the NGF. “We are hopeful that this comprehensive and unique program will aid municipalities in better understanding the golf business, and help to ensure that America’s local municipal golf courses will continue to operate without being a burden to taxpayers.”

"The National Training Center at Oglebay is excited to again be the host site and operating partner of the Municipal Golf Institute," says Bill Koegler, director of NTC at Oglebay. "Using the successful Oglebay/NRPA school and institute template will further strengthen the outstanding educational program currently being offered, and provide a firm home base for the school to grow on an annual basis."

“The NGF is excited about its plans to return the Municipal Golf Institute to Oglebay where it all started 22 years ago,” says Joe Beditz, CEO of the National Golf Foundation. “Oglebay provides the perfect setting for a concentrated education and training program, while the new partnership with NRPA provides access for recreation professionals nationwide.”

Tuition for the program is $595 for NGF and NRPA members, $795 for non-members. Discounted lodging packages are available from Oglebay Resort. Visit for registration and additional information, or contact Richard Singer at or 561-354-1642.

About NGF
The National Golf Foundation, founded in 1936 and based in Jupiter, FL, is the industry’s knowledge leader on the U.S. golf economy. NGF delivers independent and objective market intelligence, insights and trends to fulfill its mission: To Keep Golf Businesses Ahead of the Game. NGF member courses, clubs, associations, media and myriad golf-related businesses representing every market segment rely on NGF research and resources to support their best decisions. For more information, please visit

About NRPA
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

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Richard Singer, NGF
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