USA Today recently covered the events concerning the National Golf Day held Wednesday, May 13 in “Golf Day is backdrop for D.C. lobbying.” The article addresses the golf industry’s efforts to educate our country’s lawmakers about the positive impact golf has on the country.


Recently some Washington officials have criticized some companies for using monies to sponsor golf tournaments such as the Bob Hope Classic and Northern Trust Open. However, industry leaders have rallied around the game and are doing all they can to educate the U.S. Congress and Senate about the important role golf plays in the U.S. economy.


According to recent data, golf is a $76 billion U.S. industry responsible for approximately 2 million jobs and $61 billion in wages.  Industry leaders also point out that there are 16,000 golf courses in America, 90% of which are small businesses employing 40 to 50 people. In addition, PGA tournaments have generated $124 million for charities in 2008 alone.


National Golf Day brought together representatives of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, LPGA, National Club Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, USGA and World Golf Foundation.


Those looking for more information about the recent events of National Golf Day are invited to read the press release.