WILTON, Conn. (AP) — Golf World, the oldest golf magazine in America, published its final print edition this week before switching entirely to a digital delivery.
Golf World first was published in 1947, the year after Ben Hogan won his first major. It is the news division of Golf Digest, the monthly magazine that dates to 1950. Conde Nast publishes both magazines, and Golf Digest still will be available in print.
The changes were announced Wednesday on its website (www.golfdigest.com) as part of its "new strategic vision" for Golf World and Golf Digest. By going exclusively digital, Golf World will have 50 issues a year, up from 31 issues of the print version.
"These are the right decisions, but they're tough ones," said Jerry Tarde, the chairman of both magazines. "This brand has been around a long time, and we want it be around for a long time. The only way to do it is by meeting the expectation of our readers."
Golf World has offered an abbreviated roundup of the week's golf coverage through tablets and other devices on Monday morning, and recently the magazine has been made available digitally in the middle of the week. Starting Monday, the full magazine will be available online for free. Readers can sign up for it on the website. Tarde said Golf World subscribers can either be switched over to a Golf Digest subscription or refunded.
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