GOLF 20/20 Reports Golf's Economic Impact of $68.8 Billion

Golf Makes a Big Impact on SWFL Tourism Economy.

GOLF 20/20 – the collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry – reports golf's economic impact of $68.8 billion in 2012.

 In a study conducted by SRI International, findings are based on several core segments (golf facility operations, golf course capital investment, golfer supplies, tournaments and associations, and charities) and enabled categories (real estate, hospitality and tourism).

When indirect and induced economic activity driven by the golf sector is taken into consideration, a total impact of $176.8 billion was generated. 

Highlights include:

1.98 million jobs

$55.6 billion wage income

25.7 million golf participants

15,751 traditional golf facilities

In November 2012, GOLF 20/20 announced the game's charitable impact of $3.9 billion.

Golf as a fundraising vehicle includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events, 12 million participants and raises $26,300 average per function.

Surf and Turf Golf Know Your Grass

When you travel to play golf in Southwest Florida SWFL, knowing in advance the types of grass and bunker sand you'll be experiencing and which wedges to bring to a course, will make a big difference in your golf game. That feeling of getting ready to play a new golf course in a gorgeous new exciting locale with beautifully manicured holes that will challenge all of the talent you can muster, priceless! There's nothing like it in the world. Until you hit a wayward shot into a greenside bunker and see its oddly reflective crystalline sand for the first time. You can't touch it to see if it is course or smooth, or soft like the granules in the kids' sand box at home. And this grass! When you hit off the fairway, it seems to reach out and grab your club head. And the rough? It feels like you're hitting through a jungle of green steel wool. Your trusty sand and lob wedges don't offer much help. What the heck is this stuff anyway? Okay, admit it. You didn't take the time to call before you left for the golf course to ask the pro shop what type of grasses and sand you could expect to encounter? The truth is we all make the same mistake. Here are some basics that can help. Sand. The sand used to fill bunker areas can vary from course to course. Some locations use very soft, fine sand. Other bunkers have tight, firm sand. Some courses may even have less sand in their bunkers than others. All of these conditions will require different sand play techniques. No two bunkers are the same, and neither is the sand that they are made from. When your ball lands in a bunker, you need to know the type of sand the bunker is made of and the lie you must deal with.