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Click on the states to learn about the impact the golf industry is having on the U.S. economy.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$3.4 billion
Number of golf courses
338
Direct Golf Economy
$2.1 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.4 billion
Total Jobs
53,957

Arkansas

California

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$13.1 billion
Number of golf courses
921
Direct Golf Economy
$6.3 billion
Total Wage Income
$4.1 billion
Total Jobs
128,000

Colorado

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$1.7 billion
Number of golf courses
239
Direct Golf Economy
$177 million
Total Wage Income
10,913
Total Jobs
$1.2 billion

Connecticut

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$1.1 billion
Number of golf courses
185
Direct Golf Economy
$638 million
Total Wage Income
$337 million
Total Jobs
11,570

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$11 billion
Number of golf courses
1,100
Direct Golf Economy
$8.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$3.6 billion
Total Jobs
132,532

Georgia

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.4 billion
Number of golf courses
401
Direct Golf Economy
$1.84 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.5 million
Total Jobs
56,922

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$4.8 billion
Number of golf courses
683
Direct Golf Economy
$2.1 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.5 billion
Total Jobs
50,466

Indiana

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$1.7 billion
Number of golf courses
430
Direct Golf Economy
$909.6 million
Total Wage Income
$530.7 million
Total Jobs
21,000

Iowa

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$770 million
Number of golf courses
415
Direct Golf Economy
$429 million
Total Wage Income
$231 million
Total Jobs
10,396

Kansas

Kentucky

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$710.4 million
Number of golf courses
280
Direct Golf Economy
$370 million
Total Wage Income
$218.7 million
Total Jobs
11,000

Louisiana

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$810 million
Number of golf courses
165
Direct Golf Economy
$446 million
Total Wage Income
$275 million
Total Jobs
11,129

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Direct Golf Economy
$2.7 billion
Total Wage Income
$796.8 million
Total Jobs
25,500

Michigan

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$4.2 billion
Number of golf courses
865
Direct Golf Economy
$2.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.4 billion
Total Jobs
56,977

Minnesota

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.4 billion
Number of golf courses
453
Direct Golf Economy
$1.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$777 million
Total Jobs
34,653

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$525.1 million
Number of golf courses
105
Total Wage Income
$151.2 million
Total Jobs
6,200

New Jersey

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.9 billion
Number of golf courses
298
Direct Golf Economy
$1.4 billion
Total Wage Income
$857.5 million
Total Jobs
27,700

New Mexico

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$985 million
Number of golf courses
76
Direct Golf Economy
$481 million
Total Wage Income
$432 million
Total Jobs
20,800

New York

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$5.3 billion
Number of golf courses
818
Direct Golf Economy
$2.9 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.6 billion
Total Jobs
56,594

North Carolina

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$4.2 billion
Number of golf courses
537
Direct Golf Economy
$2.6 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.7 billion
Total Jobs
68,667

North Dakota

Ohio

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$4.8 billion
Number of golf courses
738
Direct Golf Economy
$2.4 billion
Total Wage Income
$1.5 billion
Total Jobs
68,120

Oklahoma

Oregon

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.5 billion
Number of golf courses
190
Direct Golf Economy
$1.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$704 million
Total Jobs
27,168

Pennsylvania

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.3 billion
Number of golf courses
699
Direct Golf Economy
$1.1 billion
Total Wage Income
$700 million
Total Jobs
48,900

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.3 billion
Number of golf courses
375
Direct Golf Economy
$1.4 billion
Total Wage Income
$713 million
Total Jobs
30,938

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$6.3 billion
Number of golf courses
790
Direct Golf Economy
$4.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$2 billion
Total Jobs
81,000

Utah

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$805.6 million
Number of golf courses
120
Direct Golf Economy
$399.2 million
Total Wage Income
$250.1 million
Total Jobs
9.625

Vermont

Virginia

Number of golf courses
327
Direct Golf Economy
$2.5 billion
Total Wage Income
$730 million
Total Jobs
30,000

Washington

Direct, indirect & induced economic output
$2.5 billion
Number of golf courses
280
Direct Golf Economy
$1.2 billion
Total Wage Income
$796 million
Total Jobs
38,431

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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State by State

Knowing the economic impact of golf in your state is important so Congress further understands the tax revenues and jobs it creates. Golf seeks fair and equal treatment as a legitimate industry and statistics like these help tell our story.

State Golf Days serve as an ideal platform to announce the results of recent economic impact studies as well as educate lawmakers in your state about the game’s contributions to society. Across the U.S., golf federations and associations are encouraged to work with WE ARE GOLF to host an annual event at your state’s capitol. Contact Peggy Norton (pnorton@worldgolffoundation.org) to find out more.

Florida Golf Day Held Annually in Tallahassee

Each February, the Golf Florida Alliance – a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the state’s golf industry – celebrates "Florida Golf Day" at the State Capitol in Tallahassee.

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Based on a 2013 study, the state’s direct golf economic impact is approximately $8.2 billion a year (up from $7.5 billion in 2007), supporting more than 132,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in annual wage income. Florida is home to about 1,103 public and private golf course facilities, more than any other state in America. These messages are communicated directly with the Florida House of Representatives and Senate.

Annually, Florida Golf Day features attendees from leading industry organizations such as Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Florida Chapter of CMAA, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association, Florida Historic Golf Trail, Florida State Golf Association, Golf Channel, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Foundation, North and South Florida Sections of the PGA of America, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, USGA, World Golf Foundation and World Golf Hall of Fame.

Massachusetts Celebrates First State Golf Day 

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For the first time in Bay State history, a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the state’s golf industry celebrated “Massachusetts Golf Day” at the State Capitol.

Industry leaders met on Friday, March 20th with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to discuss the industry’s economic impact, growth of youth development programs and charitable contributions.

A recent GOLF 20/20 economic report reported golf’s direct economic impact in Massachusetts was $2.7 billion in 2012. The state’s golf industry supports 25,500 jobs and $796.8 million in wage income. Massachusetts is home to more than 370 golf courses with more than 70% open for public play.

Massachusetts Golf Day featured attendees from leading industry organizations: Deutsche Bank Championship, Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of New England, Massachusetts Golf Association, New England Club Managers Association, New England Golf Association, New England Golf Course Owners Association, New England PGA and the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts.

Utah's Governor Gary R. Herbert Proclaims Utah Golf Month

Saying that golf no longer should be “one of the best-kept secrets” in the state, Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed a declaration of Utah Golf Month on May 5, 2014.

Utah’s golf industry and its unified voice to grow and protect the game is driven by the Utah Golf Association, the Utah Section PGA, the Intermountain Golf Course Superintendents Association and other golf business groups.

The heart of its message involves the findings of a Stanford Research Institute study that determined Utah's golf footprint is on par with skiing, citing 250,000 participants and generating an economic impact of $805 million in 2012.

The industry supports more than 9,600 jobs that generate $250 million in income, while golf events produced $11 million in charitable contributions in 2012. Numbers like those impress Herbert, who has cited economic development as the top goal of his administration.

Utah Gov . Gary Herbert With Golf Alliance For Utah Leaders

(Left to Right): T.A. Barker, Bill Walker, Colby Cowan, Scott Whittaker, Ron Jibson and David Terry join Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert (seated) as he signs a declaration proclaiming May as Utah Golf Month. 

Credit: Fairways Media

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