If you're reading this, then you’re a fan of golf, specifically golf in Florida. You already know The Sunshine State has a zillion courses (around 1,200, to be specific) from Milton to Amelia Island to Key West, from lavish resorts to quaint municipal tracks.
But the real numbers behind Florida golf are far more impressive.
Recently in Tallahassee, a group of organizations representing all segments of the industry celebrated “Florida Golf Day” and discussed the importance of golf with state representatives. They had plenty to talk about.
According to a 2007 study, Florida’s direct economic impact from golf is roughly $7.5 billion a year, supporting more than 167,000 jobs and $4.7 billion in annual wage income. No other state can match those numbers, since none come close to Florida’s volume of courses.
“Florida’s golf industry has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for the state,” said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation and administrator of the Florida Golf Alliance.
In addition to Florida golf’s economic power as a playing haven for amateurs, it’s also a power as a professional tournament host – and pro events also mean jobs and revenue. The state hosts 17 pro events this year, from the PGA Tour to the LPGA’s developmental Symetra Tour and several other circuits.
In other words, well, we’re glad you’re here and helping fuel an amazing economic engine.