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Arizona’s warm winter weather draws 3.7 million golfers to the Grand Canyon State each year. This amounts to a $6 billion impact – $3 billion of which is out-of-state dollars – and 40,000 local jobs. Golf drives economic activity while only using 2% of the state’s water. This favorable arrangement makes the golf industry one of the most important to Arizona tourism and those who depend on it, whether they play golf or not.

Arizona is one of the world’s premier golfing destinations and home to over 370 golf courses where players completed over 16 million rounds, according to a Rounds Consulting Group report on the golf industry. Golf gives so much back to the local communities it serves, all while setting the standard as true stewards of water conservation. Best practices have been in place for decades, and the industry continues to evolve so it remains a vital heartbeat to Arizona’s culture while preserving its natural resources.

Check out this new YouTube video from the AAG explaining how golf is an essential facet to tourism in the Grand Canyon state.