Economic Impact of Golf

Economic Impact of Golf


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



  • $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.
  • 75 – One in 75 jobs in the U.S. is impacted by the golf industry (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • $37  – Median green fee in the U.S. Eight out of 10 golfers play public golf.
  • 1.98 Million – Number of U.S. jobs impacted by the U.S. golf industry

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