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The Real Economic Impact of Golf

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

Photograph by Joseph Puhy/Gallery Stock

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Players spend a lot of money on golf clothing, bags, DVDs and other golf paraphernalia (fancy hitting a Jetstreamer Exploding Golf Ball, for $4?). In 2011, Americans spent $2.1 billion on golf supplies. Of this, $1.6 billion went to apparel, especially for such brands as Greg Norman Collection and Tuttle Golf. While a good golf bag can be had for as little as $30 at, the world's most expensive golf bag is the Louis Vuitton Damier Geant Golf Bag, according to, and costs more than $9,000. Presumably it's carried by a caddy while its owner walks the greens in $1,500 custom golf shoes.

Golf Clothing and Accessories: $2.1 billion