Governor Jay Inslee recently signed a proclamation declaring May to be Washington Golf Month. The proclamation came after an Economic Impact Study of golf in Washington was released.

The study was conducted by SRI International and commissioned via GOLF 20/20 by the local industry experts who comprise Golf Alliance of Washington.

“I am impressed by the impact and numbers found in this study,” said Inslee. “Golf isn’t just a game here in Washington; it is an efficient industry that produces more dollars per acre than other big local industries with a fraction of the ecological impact.”

Key findings from the study on the golf industry in Washington include:

  • Nearly 22,500 jobs are provided each year, creating $499.1 million in annual income
  • Golf supports the state’s tourism industry to the tune of $464 million each year
  • Charity benefits from golf total $38.5 million annually
  • Washington’s golf industry’s total economic impact was $1.6 billion in 2015
  • Washington has 246 golf courses, 31 driving ranges, and 22 miniature golf courses
  • Combined, these facilities created $473.5 million in revenue in 2015
  • Residential construction on or near golf courses totaled $28.53 million in 2015
  • Golf created $464.7 million in tourism spending in 2015