More than 90 percent of municipal golf managers recognize golf courses of all types provide economic, environmental and social benefits to their communities, and fewer than half feel their work is hindered by a lack of capital financing.

These are two results of a recent survey conducted by the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA). The American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) notes this feedback as continued industry-wide support for the “Value of the Golf Course,” promoting the community benefits afforded by a well-designed and maintained golf course.

The survey builds on a growing relationship between ASGCA and NRPA, which includes information shared in association publications and on websites, and future educational programs designed for members.

“These results are quite encouraging for ASGCA and the entire golf industry,” notes ASGCA President Erik Larsen. “Not only do parks officials oversee thousands of golf courses, but working with this group on the concepts of golf as a community asset and the ways the land on which golf sits can be used for other recreational and green space purposes are a key.”

Another area of focus in the survey was the positive economic impact a golf course has on the community. Allowed to select more than one answer, about 90 percent of respondents said a golf course heightened surrounding property values, while more than 80 percent cited golf’s role in creating jobs and generating sales tax revenue.

From a social standpoint, respondents were nearly unanimous in recognizing the benefit of a golf course providing community residents with recreation, and more than 90 percent also said golf courses help residents lead a healthy lifestyle.

“Those who work in the municipal arena are an important audience for ASGCA and everyone who cares about golf,” Larsen said. “Continuing conversations and getting feedback from them and those who play their courses should prove valuable.”

ASGCA Background

Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry.

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