WE ARE GOLF visited Capitol Hill to celebrate National Golf Day and discuss the game’s economic and charitable impact.

Industry leaders met with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to highlight the two million jobs impacted by golf and the nearly $4 billion charitable impact through 143,000 philanthropic events per year. Participants shared stories about the game’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, the one in 75 U.S. jobs impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, accessibility, tourism and ecological value.

This year’s event also included 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, Vice Captain Steve Stricker and LPGA legend Nancy Lopez.

“Golf plays a significant role in stimulating our economy and is very accessible, with nine of 10 golfers playing public facilities,” says Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader (D-SC). “Today was a unique opportunity for the industry to share golf’s many benefits with Congressional leaders in D.C.” 

Organizations participating were the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.