On April 18, 2012, over 95 members of the golf industry converged on Capitol Hill for the 5th annual National Golf Day. Over 100+ individual meetings with members of Congress and their senior staff were held.
We Are Golf supported the White House’s Summer Job+ Program, which was a call to action for businesses, non-profits and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for America’s youth in the summer of 2012.
As of June 2015, 34 states had commissioned state economic impact studies. Texas, Utah and Virginia completed studies also in 2013. An economic impact study for Pennsylvania began in August 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2015.
The 6th National Golf Day was held on Capitol Hill on April 16, 2013. The GCSAA Board Of Directors, staff and Government Relations Committee held 60+ meetings with Members of Congress.
The 7th National Golf Day was held on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2014. The GCSAA delegation held 80+ meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. The meetings focused on the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule and preservation of conservation easements on golf properties.
During the 7th National Golf Day, GCSAA held strategic meetings with the EPA Office of Water, the White House Office of Economic Council and numerous Senate and House committee chairs.
In 2014, GCSAA pushed for passage of H.R. 2203 to honor Jack Nicklaus with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his contributions to our nation.
In 2014, Charlie Sifford received the Medal of Freedom by the White House. GCSAA supported the nomination through a letter writing campaign.
The 8th National Golf Day was held on Capitol Hill on April 15, 2015. The GCSAA Board of Directors, staff and Government Relations Committee, and other guests held 75+ meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. The meetings focused on the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule and golf as an environmental steward.
In 2015, GCSAA’s Government Relations Committee held special group meetings with Senators from the Senate Small Business, Agriculture and Appropriations Committees.
Florida, Massachusetts, Oregon and Michigan conducted a state golf day in 2015.
The 9th National Golf Day was held on Capitol Hill on May 18, 2016. The GCSAA Board of Directors, staff and Government Affairs Committee, and other guests held 150+ meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. The meetings focused on labor/business and environmental regulations of concern as well as the PHIT Act. GCSAA brought 60 attendees to National Golf Day including 30 of its Grassroots Ambassadors.
The golf industry applauded the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016.
SRI International completed an Economic Impact Study for the state of Pennsylvania in January 2016. The completion of the Pennsylvania study brings the total to 33 studies that have been completed since the program’s inception. Additionally, two studies will begin in the Fall of 2016 with scheduled completion dates in January, 2017: Washington and Iowa.