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Read below from former Presidents and current Congressional leaders about why golf is more than a game.

Congressional Testimonials


 “Playing golf is the only time that you're not in the (Presidential) bubble. You almost feel normal."

               – Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President

“The beauty of golf is that you develop relationships.”        

 – Donald  Trump, 45th U.S. President

 “My dad was a very low-handicap player and he was in the Senate when [President Dwight D. Eisenhower] was President. And he played with Eisenhower quite a bit. Through the eyes of my dad, I got the insight into being a President. Not on issues, but on what made him relax and what kind of a good sport he was. I vicariously learned about golf because my dad used to play with Ike.”

– George H.W. Bush, 41st U.S. President

“Golf brings people together. Once you actually see somebody as a human being, it becomes impossible to disregard what they have to say, and you might learn something. I think it’s really important.”

- Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President

 “Playing golf is a great way to really get to know someone. You start trying to hit that little white ball – you can’t be somebody you’re not, because all of you shows up.”

- John Boehner, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

“For one thing, you’re outside, and when I was in Washington, I was rarely outside … but it’s actually also a thinking-person’s game. I find that I enjoy walking from shot to shot and deciding how I’m going to get out of this or that trouble. I just enjoy the strategy of it.”   

- Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State

“[Golf] teaches core values, is good exercise and enables me to spend time with my grandson.”

- Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
winner of WE ARE GOLF’s 2013 “Lawmaker of the Year” award

“Golf contributes billions of dollars to our economy, provides tens of thousands of jobs and our top rate courses attract golfers from around the world.”

- former Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI)

“Golf is a $68 billion industry – even larger than the spectator sports and performing arts industries – and supports nearly 2 million American jobs. The game fuels business activity in sectors as varied as manufacturing, real estate, travel and publishing.”

- Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
winner of WE ARE GOLF’s 2013 “Lawmaker of the Year” award

“Golf is a vital part of our country’s economy and today (National Golf Day) was a great reminder of that."

- Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)

“[Golf] doesn’t care what you are. It’s not Republican or Democrat.”

- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“Golf helps to teach essential life skills to young people including sportsmanship, respect, integrity, honesty, and self-control.”

- former Gov. Dave Heneiman (R-NE)

“Golf is a sport that genuinely reflects life.”

- Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)

“It’s one of the most challenging games I’ve been associated with … “

- Rep. Steve Largent (R-OK)

“Earlier today, I attended an event and heard the story of one of our wounded warriors and how the sport of golf has helped him overcome his traumatic brain injury and learn the sport of golf even with prostheses and how much that’s helped him.”

- Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

“Being outdoors always improves one’s quality of life. Walking just a nine-hole course can give you a 2.5 mile workout.”   

- Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)

“Golf has a $1.7 billion direct economic benefit to our state with 21,000 jobs just at the golf course. It’s a key part of Missouri’s economy and a growing part of the Show-Me state’s opportunities for folks to visit from other states.”

- Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO)

“Golf transcends politics by far. You develop a better understanding of your colleagues.”

- Rep. Michael Oxley (R-OH)

“The number of jobs directly or indirectly related to golf in this state are as large as some other major economic sectors … There are some things we should do to encourage golf not only as a sport, but as an economic development and tourism opportunity.” 

- Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)

“Golf events often provide significant charitable contributions, increased economic activity and also enhance North Carolina’s image as a home of national and international sports.” 

- Gov. Bev Perdue (D-NC)

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