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    Cool Interesting Facts about Golf

    THE GOLF INDUSTRY IMPACT IN THE UNITED STATES

    GENERAL
    • Golf is a sport played by more than 28 million Americans, and enjoyed as a favored spectator activity by millions more. But it is far more than a game: golf is a leading U.S. industry that makes a wide variety of positive contributions to our society.

    GOLF’S ECONOMIC BENEFITS
    • The golf industry provides 2 million jobs in the U.S. and total wage income of $61 billion.
    • The total economic impact of golf in America has been measured at $195 billion, including golf’s direct, indirect and induced impacts.
    • Golf provides a direct economic impact of $76 billion.
    • The golf industry is larger than the motion picture and video business; larger than performing arts and spectator sports; and larger than the newspaper industry.

    GOLF’S HUMAN BENEFITS
    • Golf generates $3.5 billion for charitable causes each year. The great majority of these funds are raised at thousands of fundraising events across the country designed to benefit local communities and their citizens.
    • Professional golf tournaments in the U.S. are all managed by charity-based organizations that collectively generated more than $135 million for charity in 2008.
    • Golf teaches essential life skills to young people – sportsmanship, respect, integrity, honesty, self-control. These positive traits are shared with youngsters through youth development programs such as The First Tee and junior golf programs across the country.
    • Golf facilities provide a vital community service in offering a place to recreate and socialize, serving as a hub of community social interaction.

    GOLF’S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
    • The nearly 16,000 U.S. golf facilities provide communities with valuable green space.
    • A golf course is a healthy natural environment. The turfgrass on golf courses serves as a filter to runoff to control flooding; out of play areas offer wildlife habitat; trees and bushes filter dust and pollen; and the green space has a cooling effect on surrounding property.
    • Golf courses are professionally managed by individuals who have been educated, certified and/or licensed to ensure that the golf facilities are operated in an environmentally responsible manner.
    • The widespread benefits of golf course landscapes are delivered with the minimal use of water, with golf courses accounting for only one-half of one percent of U.S. annual water consumption.



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Plus it's boring to watch on TV.


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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by TxCycloneFan View Post
    Plus it's boring to watch on TV.
    A few years ago, I would have agreed with you. Now, after having played for a couple years, I completely disagree. What those guys do is absolutely amazing.



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    A few years ago, I would have agreed with you. Now, after having played for a couple years, I completely disagree. What those guys do is absolutely amazing.
    You were watching me at the golf outing on Friday, weren't you?


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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfnb View Post

    • A golf course is a healthy natural environment. The turfgrass on golf courses serves as a filter to runoff to control flooding; out of play areas offer wildlife habitat; trees and bushes filter dust and pollen; and the green space has a cooling effect on surrounding property.
    Golf has a lot of positive impacts but I would be hard pressed to tout its environmental impact. I'd venture to say that golf courses are one of the most concentrated users of pesticides. That's why they look so darn nice compared to my lawn.



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Golf is definitely one of the sports that you really have to play to find it interesting to watch on TV. I don't need to play football to enjoy watching the NFL, but I didn't like watching golf until I started playing.



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    You were watching me at the golf outing on Friday, weren't you?
    Watching? Worshipping!



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    I love watching golf on tv.



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    [/LIST]Golf has a lot of positive impacts but I would be hard pressed to tout its environmental impact. I'd venture to say that golf courses are one of the most concentrated users of pesticides. That's why they look so darn nice compared to my lawn.
    They also contribute to loss of cropland.


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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by Incyte View Post
    They also contribute to loss of cropland.
    And cropland is just as bad as far as being chemically treated and causing erosion and run off as the average golf course.


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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Did all the hard liquour smuggled on to golf courses in golf bags get counted in the monetary numbers ?



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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by Incyte View Post
    They also contribute to loss of cropland.
    Oh please, you sound like my wife's grandmother - always ******** about the latest housing development and how it's such a waste of perfectly good farmland. Now let's take a look at land values, especially in Scott County, where in many places land values are in excess of $4000/acre. I call BS on how the latest development is such a waste of perfectly good farmland, especially when lad value is so high in Scott County. It's more like planting crops in Scott County is a waste of perfectly good farmland...


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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    A few years ago, I would have agreed with you. Now, after having played for a couple years, I completely disagree. What those guys do is absolutely amazing.
    When I played golf, I thought it was boring to watch on TV.

    I no longer play or watch it. I just complain about it on message boards.

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    Re: Interesting Facts about Golf

    Was "Golf" really named for:

    Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden?



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