California Golf Leaders to Share Findings on Golf's Economic Impact within State

The California Alliance for Golf (CAG) has scheduled its 2013 General Assembly Meeting for 1:00 p.m. on May 2 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. On that day they'll hold a news conference to release the 2013 California Golf Economy: Economic & Environmental Impact Report.

Commissioned by Golf 20/20 for the California Alliance for Golf and prepared by SRI International, the 52-page report documents the golf industry's financial impact upon the state - $13.1 billion of overall economic activity that supports more than 128,000 jobs and $4.1 billion of wage income. It also shows the industry's substantial charitable impact - roughly $346.6 million in 2011 alone.

The report also documents the game's environmental record, which is considerably more ecologically-friendly than is commonly understood. Golf involves less than 3.6 percent of the total turfgrass acreage in the state, uses less than 1.3 percent of the total water used for irrigated crops, and less than 1 percent of the total fresh water consumed. In addition, golf's revenue ratio per acre-foot of water is more favorable than that of the state's agricultural commodities, including grapes, citrus and almonds.

"Golf is more than just a game, it's an industry that creates thousands of viable jobs for Californians, provides year-round fitness opportunities for citizens and life-skill programs for our youth. Equally as important is golf's ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability" said Tom Addis III, president of the California Alliance for Golf.

"We touch a lot of lives through golf; however, it's important for the industry and policymakers to have credible quantification of the game's real financial impacts and environmental benefits, which is what the SRI study reveals."

The General Assembly meeting and news conference is open to governmental leaders, media representatives and individuals from all facets of the golf and turf-care industry, including course owners, club managers, professionals, golf superintendents, vendors and suppliers, golf course architects and builders, golf environmental leaders and members of California golf associations and/or alliances.

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About the California Alliance for Golf

The California Alliance for Golf (CAG) is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the unified voice for the state's golf industry. For more information, visit