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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

$192 billion

Total economic impact of golf in America (direct, indirect, induced impacts).

$84 billion

Total size of American golf economy

$59 billion

Total wage income for approximately 2 million U.S. jobs within the golf industry.

$26 billion

Total travel expenditures produced by the golf industry.

$6 billion

Total amount spent on golf supplies

$4 billion

Approximately 143,000 charity events are held annually with 12 million participants at nearly 13,000 golf facilities, raising approximately $4 billion in total.

529 million

Total rounds of golf played in the U.S. in 2021.

25.1 million

Total number of on-course golfers who played at a green grass facility in 2021.

2 million

Jobs impacted by the golf industry across the U.S.

15,000+

Approximate number of U.S. golf facilities (more than 10,000 of which are open to the public).

75

Percentage of golf facilities in the U.S. that are open to the public.

43

Percentage that the U.S. represents among the global golf course supply.

$36

Average cost to play a round of golf in the U.S.

12+

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.

 
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RECENT SUCCESS

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.