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Through its GOLF 20/20 Communications Committee, the World
Golf Foundation is taking a lead role on behalf of the
U.S. golf industry to better communicate golf's many positive
contributions to society.
Among other activities, work is underway to:
- Develop clear messages about the industry's significant
economic, human and environmental contributions
- Create and distribute regular and credible communications about
the industry's economic vitality
- Engage a broad spectrum of the golf industry in a coordinated
and strategic effort to tell golf's story to a non-golf audience of
key influencers, including government officials, media and
THE GOLF INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED STATES
In all its efforts, the committee will strive to share a variety
of key facts about the U.S. golf industry. Most importantly, the
effort will stress that golf is a sport played by more than 28
million Americans, and enjoyed as a favored spectator activity by
millions more. But it is far more than a game: golf is a leading
U.S. industry that makes a wide variety of positive contributions
to our society, in the following areas:
GOLF'S ECONOMIC BENEFITS
- The golf industry provides 2 million jobs in the U.S. and total
wage income of $61 billion.
- The total economic impact of golf in America has been measured
at $195 billion, including golf's direct, indirect and induced
- Golf provides a direct economic impact of $76 billion.
- The golf industry is larger than the motion picture and video
business; larger than performing arts and spectator sports; and
larger than the newspaper industry.
GOLF'S HUMAN BENEFITS
- Golf generates $3.5 billion for charitable causes each year.
The great majority of these funds are raised at thousands of
fundraising events across the country designed to benefit local
communities and their citizens.
- Professional golf tournaments in the U.S. are all managed by
charity-based organizations that collectively generated more than
$135 million for charity in 2008.
- Golf teaches essential life skills to young people -
sportsmanship, respect, integrity, honesty, self-control. These
positive traits are shared with youngsters through youth
development programs such as The First Tee and junior golf programs
across the country.
- Golf facilities provide a vital community service in offering a
place to recreate and socialize, serving as a hub of community
GOLF'S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
- The nearly 16,000 U.S. golf facilities provide communities with
valuable green space.
- A golf course is a healthy natural environment. The turfgrass
on golf courses serves as a filter to runoff to control flooding;
out of play areas offer wildlife habitat; trees and bushes filter
dust and pollen; and the green space has a cooling effect on
- Golf courses are professionally managed by individuals who have
been educated, certified and/or licensed to ensure that the golf
facilities are operated in an environmentally responsible
- The widespread benefits of golf course landscapes are delivered
with the minimal use of water, with golf courses accounting for
only one-half of one percent of U.S. annual water consumption.