On April 26, hundreds of golf industry professionals converged on Washington, D.C., for a celebration in our nation’s capital called “National Golf Day.” Organized by the World Golf Foundation and branded “We Are Golf,” this annual event not only provides a showcase for the industry, but also the opportunity to educate and discuss important topics and issues with elected officials. As a major economic force inside the U.S. economy—contributing more than $68 billion and impacting 2 million jobs—our united voices were heard.
Representatives from a variety of golf organizations, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, The First Tee, Club Managers Association of America, as well as GolfNow and Golf Channel, took part. This year, more than 200 meetings with members of Congress and the Senate took place inside their offices surrounding the Capitol building. Among the issues discussed were legislation regarding golf and the environment (Clean Water Rule, and Pesticide General Permits), labor (H-2B Returning Worker Exemption and reform), and health (PHIT Act the expands the IRS definition of medial expense to physical activity).
The early morning kickoff to National Golf Day commenced with an introduction by World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona, who recognized several notable personalities supporting the event, including Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen, who presented the fitness benefits of golf; and PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III. Golf Channel’s Michael Breed hosted a closest-to-the-pin golf simulator contest while doling out a few swing tips in the process.