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Q: Golf Shops in the U.S. ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Golf Shops in the U.S.
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: franky99-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 23 Aug 2003 03:18 PDT
Expires: 22 Sep 2003 03:18 PDT
Question ID: 247900
What is the current number of golf specialty shops in the U.S. (all 50
states)?   By golf specialty shops, I do not want to include major
sporting goods chains or mass merchants that happen to sell golf
equipment.  Only on course and off course golf shops and small "mom
and pop" sporting goods stores that sell golf equipment and apparel. 
I know that 15 years ago the number was approximately 12,000 shops. 
What is that number now?  How do I get the best sales list
of all the on-course and off-course golf retail shops and
sporting goods retailers that carry golf products in the U.S. and
Canada, with contact information?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 25 Aug 2003 05:45 PDT
Hello franky99-ga,

I checked a list of "Golf Equipment and Supplies Retail Shops" that
provides information on a state-by-state level.  There are 993 such
shops in California, with listings like these:

A-1 Golf
6757 Carson St
Lakewood, CA 90713-3241 Phone:  (562) 421-7131 
Categories: Repair Shops & Related Services
A-A Great American Golf Cart 
32160 Railroad Canyon Rd
Canyon Lake, CA 92587-9212 Phone:  (909) 244-0075 
Categories: Golf Cars & Carts
A Better Club
6650 Crescent St
Ventura, CA 93003-7239 Phone:  (805) 658-7442 
Categories: Repair Shops & Related Services
A D S Golf Ball Recycler
635 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92069-1778 Phone:  (760) 736-8269 
Categories: Sporting & athletic goods

A J Tech Inc
2590 Pioneer Ave
Vista, CA 92083-8427 Phone:  (760) 599-8090 
Categories: Sporting & athletic goods, 
and so on...

It is not possible for me to provide the full lists here due to
copyright restrictions.  However, I could certainly provide
instructions as to how to access the list yourself, where you could
then identify -- on a state by state basis -- the numbers of golf
retail shops in each state, with name, address and phone number
information for each.

If this would be suitable as an answer to your question, let me know,
and I'll post the information for you.



Clarification of Question by franky99-ga on 26 Aug 2003 23:51 PDT
Yes, this would be a start, and I could live with this if nothing else
is available.   However, I was hoping that a quick and dirty number
for the total number of golf shops and sporting goods shops carrying
golf equipment in the total U.S. 50 states was obtainable.   Then, as
the second part of my question, I was hoping to get names of a few
different companies that provide sales leads (sales lists, phone
lists, mail lists, etc.) specifically for golf and sporting goods
retail shops across the U.S. and Canada.   Some of these companies do
not list the smallest mom and pop shops, so it would have to be the
correct list that included them all.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Aug 2003 11:58 PDT
Hey franky99,

Thanks for your note.  

There are 30,977 businesses in the US with the word "golf" included in
their name -- that's about the "quickest and dirtiest" number I could
come up with, and it certainly seems reasonable, given that 15 years
ago there were 12,000 golf-related businesses.  Bear in mind however,
that the number includes golf shops, as well as golf equipment repair
services, golf courses, golf cart merchants, and other specialty

FYI, a count at another source of golf retail shops + sporting good
retail shops came up with 26,386 listings.  So it looks like approx.
25,000 - 30,000 is a pretty good range to work with.

I'll leave this question open for a day to see if another researcher
can come up with an even better option for you.  But if no one bites,
then I will post the source I have as an answer, as you indicated in
your clarification.

Clarification of Question by franky99-ga on 28 Aug 2003 00:58 PDT
Dear Pafalafa-ga, 
Looks like this number is what I'm looking for. Thank you.  Please
provide advice on the 2nd part of my question:   how can I find
complete list of small golf shops and mom and pop sporting goods
retailers that sell golf equip in the U.S. and Canada?
Subject: Re: Golf Shops in the U.S.
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 28 Aug 2003 12:01 PDT
Hello again franky99-ga,

I'm glad to hear that the information I've been unearthing is on the
right track.

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
word "golf".

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:


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
their name.

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 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.
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