Hello again franky99-ga,
I'm glad to hear that the information I've been unearthing is on the
There are two principle sources I am aware of that can privde you with
lists of retail shops that supply golf equipment. I'll describe them
both in detail, as they have different capabilities and limitations.
If anything I present below is unclear, or does not meet your needs,
just let me know by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be
happy to assist you further.
The first site to bring to your attention is InfoUSA at:
This service provides commercial mailing list information for a fee.
You can use the site's sorting tools to scope out the size of your
universe, and there is no fee for this -- you only pay if you buy an
actual mailing list.
For starters, click on the link at the top of the page that says: "1.
Business Sales Leads & Mailing Lists", which takes you to the next
page where you click on the button:
"Click here to start your US selections"
In the "Keyword/Yellow Page Heading" box that shows up, type in the
This will take you to a lengthy list of headings related to golf
businesses. Select whichever business are of the most interest to
you. When I did it, I chose two categories:
--GOLF EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES-RETAIL, and
You may want to use the same two categories, or you may find another
combination even more appropriate.
The next few screens offer you choices to limit your selections by
size of the business, credit rating, geography, and other categories.
If you don't want to make any selections here (I didn't), then just
click the button that says "Next".
Finally, you get to a "Review Selections" page, and if everything
looks as it should, click "Next" again to get to the pricing page.
InfoUSA is sorting its database at this point, and the process can
take a minute or so before the next screen pops up.
At last, you get to the Results page which, first of all, gives you a
count that looks like:
"Your selection resulted in a count of 26,386 leads"
That is there are 26,386 golf shops and sporting goods shops in their
database. If you had chosen a different combination of categories, of
course, you would wind up with a different number.
The Results page also gives you a number of options to purchase the
records, in either barebones format (at a cost of about $4,000) or
more complete records (costing about $5,000).
You should note, however, that InfoUSA routinely sends out 50% off
coupons to anyone on their mailing list. If you want to receive
these, just contact them by phone or email, and I'm sure you'll begin
finding them in you in-box.
By the way, you can get the Canada listings by repeating the whole
process, except at the very beginning, click on the ""Click here to
start your Canada selections" button instead of the "US selections"
button. I came with an additional 4,939 listings for our friends
north of the border.
The other system to note is the Yellow Pages search function at:
Click on "Yello Pages".
On the left-hand side of the next page is a link that says: "Search
Nationwide". Click this to start your search.
In the "Enter a Business Name" box, enter the word "golf" and click
The next page will show a result: "Found: 30838 businesses". That
is, there are 30,838 business in the nation with the word "golf" in
You can see by perusing the list, that most of the listings meet your
criteria -- that is, they are shops selling golf equipment and
supplies. Unfortunately, the site only allows you to access 10
listings at a time, so obviously, the business of getting access to
the full list of almost 31,000 records is a cumbersome task, at best.
However, you can also use the search tools at switchboard.com to
access the listings in a given area -- a state, or particular city,
for instance -- which can greatly simplify the level of effort
As far as I know, the site does not provide an option like InfoUSA,
where you can purchase electronic access to the full list.
A similar setup can be found for Canada at:
Click on "Find a business"
Enter "golf" in the "NAME" box and click search.
This will take you to a list of 4,461 golf businesses throughout
Canada (and note how closely the number matches the InfoUSA data).
I hope these sites meet your needs. As I mentioned above, if you need
any additional information, just post a message to let me know.
Good luck in your efforts.
search strategy: None. Made use of bookmarked sites.