World Golf Foundation turns Capitol Courtyard into a makeshift golf course

5:26 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
Tigger Gray practices his golf swing at the state Capitol on Thursday.
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Tallahassee, Florida - There are plenty of folks who believe there are no bad days on the golf course, so they certainly would have enjoyed themselves at the state Capitol on Thursday.

The World Golf Foundation turned the Capitol Courtyard into a makeshift golf course where you could grab a titanium driver and launch a few balls or test your putting stroke.

It was Florida Golf Day at the Capitol and members of the golfing industry met with state lawmakers to talk about building up the sport.

Golf is big business in Florida. World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona says there are more than a thousand courses across the Sunshine State and they pump more than $7 billion into the state's economy.

"It creates about 167,000 jobs. There are about 1,100 golf facilities in the state of Florida and Florida is the number one state in the United States for golf."

Nationally, Mona says the industry works to keep golfing accessible to all players.

"About 80 percent of golf is played on public facilities. About 90 percent of the rounds that are played are played on public facilities. The median green fee in the United States is $28. Nationally, golf generates almost $70 billion in economic impact a year and employs almost two million people."

Mona says he talked with lawmakers about new ways to promote golf in the state's tourism efforts so Florida's courses can build on their success.