May 3 2019 12:19 AM

The annual community service project focused on areas surrounding the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

Photo courtesy of National Mall and Memorial Parks, National Park Service

On May 1, the golf industry celebrated National Golf Day, an annual event that celebrates the game’s $84.1 billion economy, nearly $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits, according to We Are Golf.

On April 30, over 200 golf industry leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., for National Golf Day’s third annual Community Service Project. This year’s project focused on beautification and preservation between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

Coordinated by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Lawrence, Kansas, participants volunteered to lay sod, rake, edge, overseed, aerate, mow, mulch, brush walkways and spruce gravel pathways across 17 projects along the National Mall. The four hours of work saved the U.S. National Park Service nearly four months of labor costs.

Golf industry leaders also participated in a record-high 244 meetings with members of Congress representing 41 states to discuss the game’s economic, social and environmental contributions to the U.S.

“The game of golf is growing and evolving, and it is important that we come together collectively in Washington to share stories of impact the game is having on business and communities across the United States,” said Greg McLaughlin, CEO of World Golf Foundation.

“So many golf courses in the US, including courses in my district, are public facilities operating as small, locally owned businesses,” said Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA). “National Golf Day highlights the industry’s importance to American society, including business, recreation, hospitality and tourism. Anything that brings people together is great, and golf brings people together.”