Charitable Impact of Golf Nearly $4 Billion

CHARITY_GOLFIf you play golf, there’s a good chance you’ve been asked to participate in a charity golf event of some sort during your lifetime. Golf is a tremendously social sport that helps bring people together and golf outings can be a highly beneficial tool to help raise money for charitable organizations.

According to a recent report from GOLF 20/20, which is a collaboration of leading organizations representing all segments of the United States golf industry, the game of golf’s charitable impact is $3.9 billion. This number includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events, 12 million participants and an average of $26,300 raised per function.

The report also estimates the entire golf industry’s economic impact at $68.8 billion in 2011. This number includes several core segments such as golf facility operations, golf course capital investment, golfer supplies, tournaments and associations, charities and enabled categories such as real estate, hospitality and tourism.

According to the report, the golf business generated 1.98 million jobs in 2011, producing over $55.6 billion in wage income earned by employees of these businesses. Over 25.7 million golfer participated in the game at 15,751 traditional golf facilities.

“The economy has endured two significant recessions the past decade and golf has fared well,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, administrator of GOLF 20/20. “The health and growth of the game has a direct bearing on jobs, commerce, economic development and tax revenues for U.S. communities and industries.”

Golf’s core industries alone exceed the economic impact of spectator sports, the performing arts, and the amusement and recreation industries.

Luxury Golf Car Giveaway at Michael Phelps Golf Outing

MICHAEL_PHELPS_GARIAHere’s one golf outing prize that’s sure to attract some attention. One participating golfer in this weekend’s third annual Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic Tournament could walk away with a limited edition candy apple red Garia Golf Car. All they’ll need to do is fire a hole-in-one on the Garia Luxury Golf and Leisure Car sponsored hole.

The Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic Tournament is taking place at Atlantic City Country Club in New Jersey. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for The Michael Phelps Foundation and brings together celebrities, industry professionals, family and friends for a great cause. The 2011 Michael Phelps Golf Classic successfully raised nearly $300,000 for the Foundation’s programs.

The Garia Hole-in-One car is a street legal four-seat Garia that was built at one of Europe’s finest automotive factories with a track-record of manufacturing Porsche. Luxury features include a built-in refrigerator, hand-stitched seats, and 12” wheels.

“At Garia, we are passionate about what we do and dedicated to performance. We are thrilled to be part of this charity event and to be collaborating with an organization as inspiring and committed as the Michael Phelps Foundation”, said Anders Lynge, designer of the Garia.

Michael Phelps established his foundation with bonus money he received from long-time sponsor Speedo for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Foundation’s first initiative was a nationwide tour to share Phelps’ Olympic experience and promote his message of Dream, Plan, Reach with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Since then, the Foundation has developed and launched the im program, helped establish Level Field Fund-Swimming, a grant giving program that provides funding to uniquely talented swimmers in need of financial assistance, and offers autographed swim caps for charity auctions through Caps-for-a-Cause. The Michael Phelps Foundation also provides support to Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics international through its water-safety, health and wellness curriculum.

Golf to End Cancer Outing

GOLFTOENDCANCERGet involved with a fun golf event for a great cause at the second annual Golf to End Cancer event on September 9 and 10 in Ownings Mill, Maryland. This two-day charity golf event will take place at Caves Valley Golf Club, just north of Baltimore. The event begins on Sunday, September 9th with lunch followed by a practice round of golf and a putting contest. Sunday ends with the Miracle Worker Awards Dinner with celebrity honorees. The schedule for Monday, September 10th includes the golf challenge followed by lunch.

Launched in 2011, Golf to End Cancer is a program of Marathon of Miracles, which is a nonprofit organization that provides education on wellness and cancer prevention through its website and at its Wellness Day events. The organization was founded by AJ Ali and his wife Jane, a breast cancer survivor. AJ and Jane are dedicated to bringing wellness and cancer prevention education into golf.

“This VIP outing is our signature fundraiser. It’s a 2-day, 5-star event which promises to be filled with those extra touches to make all golfers and sponsors feel like a VIP,” said AJ Ali, Golf to End Cancer (G2EC) founder.

“We put great thought into planning the event. We didn’t want the average-scramble fundraiser,” said Ali. “This is a best-ball event where you will play your own ball, while you are challenged on a premier golf course, and have your own caddy.”

Caves Valley Golf Club is a premier private golf club featuring a spectacular 18-hole course designed by Tom Fazio. In addition to the golf course, the club offers a spectacular state-of-the-art practice facility which includes multiple practice ranges with sand bunkers, chipping greens and putting greens.

To register or learn more about the Golf to End Cancer Charity Outing visit their website.

Bridgestone Golf Partners With National Kidney Foundation

NATIONAL_KIDNEY_FOUNDATION_Bridgestone Golf is helping raise awareness and funds for the National Kidney Foundation by becoming the official golf ball of the 2012 National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic. Bridgestone Golf will be providing more than $50,000 worth of golf balls to competitors in this nationwide tournament that features 35 local charity golf events and a national final at Pebble Beach.

The National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic Tournament is expected to attract 4,000 golfers at golf courses throughout the United States. The goal of the event is to raise $4 million for the Foundation and to help increase awareness of kidney disease and the need for organ donation.

“Kidney disease affects 26 million Americans so we are happy to do our part in helping to raise awareness and funds for this important cause,” said Dan Murphy, Vice President of Marketing, Bridgestone Golf. The National Kidney Foundation helps provide early detection screenings and other vital community services. The organization also conducts extensive public and professional education, helping to support organ donation kidney research to identify new treatments.

Risk factors for kidney disease include high blood pressure, diabetes and family history of these conditions and kidney disease. More than 85,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.

Help support the efforts of Bridgestone Golf and the National Kidney Foundation by participating this fun golf event for a tremendous cause. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to compete and enjoy a great day on the golf course in their community. To find and event near you, visit the National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic website.

Virtual Charity Golf Outings Have Arrived

[youtube][/youtube]Looking for a way to conduct a charity golf outing with participants outside of your geographic area? GolfNet, one of the leading golf handicap service providers in North America may have the solution. is a new online resource that enables organizations to host nationwide charity golf tournaments online, opening up the potential pool of golfers beyond a specific geographical location. The golf outings are called vTour® events and will allow participating golfers to create a personal profile page on the outing website where they can present their charitable cause and solicit donations from friends and family. The vTour® website itself will post donation leaderboards, list sponsor logos, and describe the goal of their organization.

The goal of is to maximize the awareness and donations for golf outings with customized Charity vTour® events. Since a golfer in any location can participate, the potential pool of participants is virtually unlimited. In addition, since outings are not limited to a single date and time, golfers and their sponsors can get involved with your cause when they have time in their schedule.

According to GolfNet, Charity vTours can provide any golf event a platform to reach golfers nationwide with no start up cost and no event planning. They also make the entire golf outing process less stressful and more fun for everyone involved.