Wednesday, April 13

Golf Goes to Washington



TODAY IS NATIONAL GOLF DAY, a day when leaders of the U.S. golf industry go to Capitol Hill to speak with a unified voice about the importance of the game, not just as a pastime but as a major industry.

The World Golf Foundation coordinated the day’s agenda, according to the foundation’s website. Golf’s movers and shakers from organizations such as the PGA of America, World Golf Foundation, Club Managers Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America carried an important message to Members of Congress:

“Golf is good for the country. And what’s good for the people is good for the president. Let him play. Lord knows his game needs a lot of work.”

Well, not exactly. In fact, that’s a complete fabrication. Although golf and the golf industry really are good for the country, as it turns out. According to the World Golf Foundation:
  • Golf provides two million jobs
  • Golf creates $61 billion in annual wages
  • The U.S. golf economy totals more than $76 billion
Golf’s $76 billion impact exceeds newspaper publishing, performing arts and spectator sports, and the motion picture and video industry. I didn’t know that. Thank you, National Golf Day.

It was an exciting and inspiring time for golf in the nation’s capitol. I’ve included the above YouTube highlights so you can share in the celebration. Enjoy.

−The Armchair Golfer

3 comments :

Jim Davis said...

Those numbers are causing my head to spin. The jobs created are very impressive. Golf rules!

The Armchair Golfer said...

I agree. I, too, was impressed by the numbers.

golfnotesdotcom.wordpress.com said...

I wonder if they will be talking about the tax implications professional golfers are under. A few of them are in courts right now about how their endoresment money is taxed. But that is good to hear that golf brings so many jobs.