Health & Medical sports & Exercise

Florida Golf Course Information

    Significance

    • Florida is one of the country's premier golf destinations. The sport is popular among residents and tourists. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles offers a license plate with the proclamation "Golf Capital of the World."

    Economics

    • According to the Professional Golf Association, more than 56,000 people in Florida were employed by the state's golf courses in 2008, and they earned a combined $1.4 billion. In 2008, more than 38.2 million rounds of golf were played on Florida's public and private courses.

    Geography

    • The headquarters for three of the premier professional golf organizations, the PGA, PGA Tour and LPGA, are located in Florida. The Professional Golf Association is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, the Ladies Professional Golf Association is headquartered in Daytona Beach and the PGA Tour is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach.

    Size

    • Florida had nearly 1,500 public and private golf courses as of 2009, and Naples, Fort Myers and Orlando each had more than a dozen courses.

    Famous Ties

    • Many of the world's top professional golfers reside in Florida. In 2006, Tiger Woods bought a $38 million home in Jupiter Island, near Palm Beach.

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