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The Real Economic Impact of Golf

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-07-26T21:13:08Z

Photograph by Francis Specker/AP Photo

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The Fairway

The U.S. has nearly 16,000 private and public courses, according to the National Golf Foundation. One of the showiest and most expensive to construct was Los Angeles’s Trump National Golf Club, where visitors to the pro shop can buy 1.7 fluid ounces of Donald J. Trump's Success Cologne for $60. The course was designed in 2002 by Pete Dye (whose "ability to combine physical beauty with severe punishment earned him the nickname Marquis de Sod," according to and cost $264 million, according to Trump National. In 2011, SRI says, more than 75 construction projects were under way, contributing $515.8 million to the economy, and nearly $1.6 billion in investments in existing courses.

Course Construction and Investments: $2.07 billion