Economic Impact
of Golf

The game of golf accounts for an estimated $11.3 billion of Canada Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which includes:

  • 341,794 jobs;
  • $7.6 billion in household income;
  • $1.2 billion in property and other indirect taxes; and,
  • $1.9 billion in income taxes.

Golf in Canada generates an estimated $29.4 billion in total gross production through direct, indirect, and induced spending impacts. Find more info on power caddy online here.

For more information on our recent economic impact study, please click on the links below.

Economic impact study of golf for Canada (PDF)

Economic impact study of golf for Canada Key Findings Report (PDF)

Additional key benefits and impact of golf in Canada include:

  • Environmental Benefits Over 200,000 hectares of green space managed by golf course operators, including 41,000 hectares of unmanaged wildlife habitat under golf course stewardship.
  • Golf Participation SNG estimates that approximately 70 million rounds of golf were played in 2008, a level of play that was as much as 10% lower than the average number of rounds based on prior years.
  • According to IPSOS Reid there are an estimated 6 million Canadian golfers. According to RCGA sources, Canadian golf participation rates are among the highest in the world.
  • Employment Opportunities The Canadian Golf Industry provides an excellent employment opportunity, with as many as 43% of those employed at Canadian golf courses being students.
  • Estimated Impact on Property Values The location of houses adjacent to golf courses provides benefits to homeowners that stem from higher home values compared to similar homes that are not adjacent to courses. The total incremental impact on home values is estimated at $1.4 billion.
  • Charitable Activity Each year there are at least 25,000 charitable events hosted at Canadian courses. Using conservative estimates, these events raise more than $439 million for charitable causes across Canada.
  • Golf Tourism Canadian travellers make more than 1 million trips involving golf, spending an estimated $1.9 billion annually on golf-related travel within Canada.


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