On Wednesday, May 21, representatives of the We Are Golf coalition, including the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and The PGA of America, converged on Capitol Hill for the seventh annual National Golf Day to share the industry’s economic, environmental, health and charitable benefits. The events of the day kicked off with an appearance from golf icon, Jack Nicklaus.
CMAA was represented by Vice President Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Singerling, CCM. More than 75 individuals participated in Washington, DC, in approximately 85 Congressional visits and meetings. As well, representatives met with The White House and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Outside of the Beltway, thousands of other individuals nationwide supported the event through social media, specifically using the #NGD14 hashtag. Participants and supporters shared great messages about this industry and our contributions including:
- Economic: Golf is a $68.8 billion US industry, supporting nearly two million jobs with an annual wage income of $55.6 billion.
- Fitness: Golfers exceed 10K steps and burn up to 2,000 calories during a round of golf.
- Charitable: Golf raises more for charity than the MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA.
- Sustainability: Golf courses account for more than 2 million acres of green space in the US and fewer than 15 percent of golf facilities utilize municipal water supplies.
In an interview, CEO Jim Singerling, CCM, shared the economic story of golf and the ripple effect on the community. View the entire interview.
Learn more about the 2014 National Golf Day and view photos from the event on CMAA’s Facebook page.