More than
a Game

Since its emergence as a major spectator sport in the 1920’s, golf has provided lifelong recreational opportunities and enjoyment for millions. Golf is also a major U.S. industry generating jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for local communities.

Economic Impact

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By the Numbers

  • $191.9 Billion – Total economic impact of golf in America, including direct, indirect and induced impacts.
  • $84.1 Billion – Total size of the golf economy nationally (22% increase vs. 2011 data).
  • $58.7 Billion – Total wage income from about two million U.S. jobs.
  • 15,000 – Approximate number of U.S. golf facilities, with about 10,000 open to the public.
  • $25.7 Billion – Total in golf tourism spending.
  • $7.2 Billion - Total new home construction in golf communities.
  • $6 Billion – Total amount spent on golf equipment, apparel and supplies.
  • $2.4 Billion - Total contributions of professional tournaments, associations and player endorsements.
  • $1.9 Billion - Investmment in existing golf facilities.
  • 1.9 Million - Number of U.S. job impacted by the golf industry.
  • 75 - One in 75 jobs in the U.S. is impacted by the golf industry (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • $38 – Median green fee in the U.S. Eight out of 10 golfers play public golf.

Read the full report by TEConomy Partners: 2016 U.S. Golf Economy Report.


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