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5 Reasons Why You Should Care About ‘National Golf Day’

The ninth annual National Golf Day is Wednesday, May 18 and industry leaders will travel to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to share the game’s benefits to society with Congressional members, the Executive Branch and federal agencies. Whether you are a golfer or not, why should you care?

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1. Two Million Jobs

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Golf impacts nearly two million jobs across America. To break it down further, one in 75 U.S. jobs is associated with the game. This includes PGA TOUR players, course superintendents, chefs, pro shop attendants and so on. Have you held a position in golf?

2. $70 Billion Industry

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Each year, golf contributes a nearly $70 billion economic impact to America, including $55.6 billion in annual wage income. Golf’s core industries alone exceed the economic impact of spectator sports, the performing arts and the amusement and recreation industries.

3. $4 Billion Charitable Impact

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Annually, golf raises more money for philanthropic causes than MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL… combined! Golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated 143,000 events at 12,000 golf facilities with 12 million participants and raising $26,300 average per function.

4. A Game for All

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The median cost for 18 holes of golf in America is $37. Nine out of 10 golfers play public facilities. 76 percent of all U.S. golf rounds are played on public golf courses. It’s less expensive and more accessible than you think! Don’t know how to start? Companies like GolfTEC are making high-end lessons affordable and accessible to everyone.

5. Environmental Value

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There are more than 15,200 golf facilities across the nation which provide about two million acres of green space. An average 18-hole course comprises 121 acres, managed by superintendents who use natural resources efficiently and protect habitats for wildlife and plant species.

To join the social conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD16 and @wearegolf on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the industry and share why golf is more than a game to you!

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