The Economic Engine That Is Florida Golf
167,000 Floridians work in the golf industry. The PGA Tour, PGA of America and World Golf Hall of Fame among others are headquartered here.
Florida golf isn't just the army of northerners that descend on towns from Milton to Miami each winter, hitting every public, semi-private and resort course for precious rounds they can't get at their snow-covered homes.
Florida golf isn't the PGA Tour professionals who are in the midst of their "Florida swing" this month, having already played in South Florida and now working their way toward Clearwater, Orlando and, a few weeks after that, Ponte Vedra Beach.
Florida golf isn't a big corporate outing filling up a tee sheet at a nationally ranked track like the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, nor is it well-heeled Seminole, Isleworth and Black Diamond Ranch and their gotta-have-connections-to-play courses.
"Florida is the No. 1 golfing destination in the world. Everything that we are doing to draw people and promote our state involves golf." – Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida golf is actually 167,000 people, and $13.8 billion.
Big numbers, big game.
The economic engine of Florida golf is as impressive as the island-green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course, and unwavering in its truth.