GOLF AS AN INDUSTRY
Since its founding, the American Golf Industry Coalition has become a banner under which golf's collective priorities can be addressed. Current focus areas include: industry-wide diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to ensure golf is accessible to all; amplifying tangible examples of key initiatives at both the grassroots and industry workforce levels; and advocacy in support of issues that impact the industry at the federal and state levels.
GOLF'S FAST FACTS
Total economic impact of golf in America (direct, indirect, induced impacts).
Total size of American golf economy
Total wage income for approximately 2 million U.S. jobs within the golf industry.
Total travel expenditures produced by the golf industry.
Total amount spent on golf supplies
Approximately 143,000 charity events are held annually with 12 million participants at nearly 13,000 golf facilities, raising approximately $4 billion in total.
Total rounds of golf played in the U.S. in 2021.
Total number of on-course golfers who played at a green grass facility in 2021.
Jobs impacted by the golf industry across the U.S.
Approximate number of U.S. golf facilities (more than 10,000 of which are open to the public).
Percentage of golf facilities in the U.S. that are open to the public.
Percentage that the U.S. represents among the global golf course supply.
Average cost to play a round of golf in the U.S.
Playing golf at least once a month improves health and lowers risk of death among older adults (according to a study from ScienceDaily).
8 out of 10
U.S. golfers who play at public access facilities.
7 to 10
Golf courses in urban areas provide valued green space, accessible outdoor recreation and are typically 7-10 degrees cooler than their surroundings.
A Unified Voice
MOBILIZATION AT THE STATE LEVEL
At the start of the pandemic, the coalition mobilized and coordinated an effort to protect golf as an approved outdoor recreation activity amidst the early pandemic mandates. This was achieved by successfully contacting every governor's office and explaining the inherent social distancing benefits golf provides.