It’s National Golf Day! (But spoiler alert: every day is golf day when you’re in Arizona.)
We may have a desert climate, but the Grand Canyon State is much more than a sand trap. Anyone who lives here knows: whichever way you slice it, Arizona is a hole-in-one for golfers.
Sunshine, mountains, and beautiful scenery make our state a year-round destination for people who want to get outside and recreate with fresh air in their lungs and the green grass beneath their shoes.
Golf is much more than that, too. It’s a real boon for our economy. According to the Arizona Golf Association, golf has a more than $3 billion annual economic impact in our state, which is home to around 340 golf courses and 600,000 golfers.
That’s a lot of rounds (and ninth-hole lunches).
Earlier this year, the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona posted record attendance. In fact, attendance was the highest of all of the golf stops on the PGA Tour—including worldwide.
“The 2016 event set a record for week-long attendance, surpassing 600,000 for the first time ever,” the Arizona Republic reported. “It also saw daily records set for Friday and Saturday, with the third round the first-ever to surpass the 200,000 mark.”
Golf gives back, too.
According to We Are Golf, a coalition of golf’s leading organizations, golf drives $3.9 billion in philanthropic contributions per year. It lists health, youth, education, environmental, and cultural organizations as a few beneficiaries of these charitable contributions.
The Arizona Office Of Tourism found that the top five factors golfers look for are course quality and condition; weather and climate; value; variety of activities; and quality accommodations and dining.
Lucky for you—Arizona has all of them.
So, if you want to enjoy yourself, contribute to our economy, and support an industry that gives back to the community, grab some clubs, head outside, and play a round with friends.
What’s your favorite Arizona golf course? Tweet us at @DougDucey using the hash tag #NationalGolfDay!