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More than
a Game

Since its emergence as a major spectator sport in the 1920’s, golf has provided lifelong recreational opportunities and enjoyment for millions. Golf is also a major U.S. industry generating jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for local communities.


Economic Impact

 By the Numbers

  • $176.8 Billion – Total economic impact of golf in America, including direct, indirect and induced impacts.
  • $68.8 Billion – Total size of the golf economy nationally.
  • $55.6 Billion – Total wage income from about two million U.S. jobs.
  • 15,000 – Approximate number of U.S. golf facilities, with more than 10,000 open to the public.
  • $20.6 Billion – Total travel expenditures produced by the golf industry.
  • $5.6 Billion – Total amount spent on golf supplies.
  • $523 Million – Total spent on golf-related media including books, magazines, DVDs, etc.
  • $26 – Median green fee in the U.S. Eight out of 10 golfers play public golf.

Read the Full GOLF 20/20 Report: 2011 Golf Economy Report

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