Golf is an economic powerhouse delivering around $1.2 billion in social, health and community benefits annually according to a report into the sport’s impact across New South Wales and the ACT.
The report, commissioned by Golf NSW, looks at the influence the sport has in metropolitan and regional communities, on our ageing population, as a charitable contributor and to the environment.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the report underlined how important the sport is to the State’s economy.
“For a long time, the contribution golf has made in our community had never been fully understood or appreciated.
“There are over 360 affiliated golf clubs across Metropolitan & Regional NSW which employ local staff and source goods & services from local businesses.
“Those clubs provide training and employment to many and are important assets to their communities,” Mr Fraser said.
The sport plays a significant role in the long-term health of our ageing population. This role includes reducing the risk of chronic diseases, anxiety, and depression, as well as risks involved with physical inactivity including type II diabetes which is especially important to those aged over 45.
“Golfers are happier, healthier, and more connected to their community than the average non-golfer as they age,” he added.