Golf’s direct economic impact in Florida was $8.2 billion in 2013, an increase from $7.5 billion 2007. This is the latest report from Golf 20/20, a collaboration of leading organizations representing the United States Golf Industry.

Florida is home to 1,103 golf courses, the most of any sate, and supports 132,532 jobs and $3.6 billion in wage income. The size of Florida’s direct golf economy is larger than key state industries including amusement and theme parks and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing.

“Golf brings thousands of visitors to Florida each year, spurs new residential construction and creates demand for myriad goods and services,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game in Florida has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for communities and industries throughout the state.”

Representatives of Florida’s golf industry will travel to Tallahassee for “Florida Golf Day” on Thursday, February 5 to share these findings.

The photo above is of Florida Golf Day 2014 and is courtesy of Golf 20/20.