More than 300 golf industry leaders will meet with members of Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, May 1, seeking to bring more awareness of the economic, charitable, environmental, health and societal benefits of the game.
National Golf Day 2019 is organized by WE ARE GOLF, a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners. This year marks the 12th time the event will be held, with discussions focused on the more than 15,000 diverse businesses involved with golf, and topics such as tax revenue creation and tourism value.
“National Golf Day provides an organized platform for the industry to share first-hand data and personal stories about the $84 billion industry that impacts nearly two million jobs and has a positive impact on communities across the United States,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of World Golf Foundation.
Throughout National Golf Day, data-driven metrics will examine the health of the sport – from traditional participation to interest and off-course participation to the ways in which it continues to grow and evolve, including key metrics from the NGF’s recent 2019 Golf Industry Report.
While National Golf Day is officially May 1, it has expanded into a multi-day event. On Tuesday, April 30, golf industry representatives will come together for 17 community service projects at various locations on the National Mall. The community service project is organized by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Also on April 30, Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and MSNBC Political Analyst, will discuss the political climate in D.C. with golf industry leaders as they prepare for visits on Capitol Hill the following day.
“For 12 years the golf industry has gathered in Washington, D.C. to share the powerful impact that our sport has on the United States,” says Jay Karen, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association and Chairman of the WE ARE GOLF Board. “Lawmakers hear firsthand from their constituents about the myriad benefits golf provides society and this helps inform their future decisions that could affect our sport.”