The sport of golf comes to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 21 for the seventh year as 18-time major championship winner Jack Nicklaus will deliver the opening remarks on National Golf Day.
There is no better place to celebrate National Golf Day than our nation's capital. Washington D.C. has long been a hot bed of golf and it gives the industry an opportunity to meet with members of Congress and mover and shakers inside the Beltway.
WE ARE GOLF is a coalition of golf's leading associations and industry partners, and they will be front and center on Wednesday showing what big business golf is in the U.S.
“Our primary goal is to communicate to Congressional members that golf is a major U.S. industry and generates almost $4 billion annually for charities – more than the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL combined – with the majority of funds going to causes unrelated to the sport,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation (WGF) and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “The May 21 event is an ideal opportunity to bring industry stakeholders together on Capitol Hill to showcase the game’s benefits to society and explain why golf courses should be regarded like any other small business.”
Per WE ARE GOLF, here is why is golf important:
- Golf’s economic impact of nearly $70 billion/year, supporting two million jobs and $55.6 billion in annual wage income
- Golf’s charitable impact of about $4 billion/year -- more than NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL combined
- Close to 10,000 public courses now eligible for conservation easement tax incentive
- Fitness benefits – burn 2,000 calories walking 18 holes
As part of National Golf Day, activities will include: an exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with live golf lessons for Members of Congress and staff. These will be led by 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader. There will also be a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an aboutGolf simulator, state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the perfect at-home training technology; and who doesn't want to see a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge?"
“We look forward to representing the two million men and women who rely on the golf industry to make a living while providing significant benefits to local communities,” adds Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA and WE ARE GOLF Coalition Chairman. “When passing legislation, we want Congress to appropriately recognize the size and scope of the golf industry so we are treated similarly to other businesses.”
To get involved, visit the social media hub at www.wearegolf.org/social-media/national-golf-day. From May 1-31, you can use #NGD14 and tag @wearegolf on social media like Twitter and Instagram to lend your support for the golf industry.