AAG Industry Leadership

Pioneering Research

Arizona Alliance for Golf conducted one of the most comprehensive golf industry research studies to date, confirming the positive economic impact for Arizona, especially for state’s travel and tourism industry and its decade’s long relationship with the game. Through this research and a strong commitment to presenting the truth about the golf industry and the water needed to support it, the AAG is blazing the trail for a strong and vibrant golf industry for everyone in Arizona to enjoy for generations to come.

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AAG Leadership

Executive Committee
Gregg Tryhus, President
Phil Green, Executive Vice President
Ron McPherson, Vice President
Tim Schantz, Secretary/Treasurer

Water Policy Committee
Jeff Spangler, Chairman

Communications Committee
Jeff Lessig, Chairman

Contributions/Membership
Phil Green & Ron McPherson, Co-Chairmen

Consultants
Jessica Pacheco & Katie Prendergast, Horizon Strategies
Mike Petty, Communication Links

Golf Industry Leadership

Organizations serving on the AAG Board of Directors

Arizona Golf Association
Southwest Section PGA
Cactus & Pine Superintendent Association
The Thunderbirds
Club Managers Association
National Golf Course Owners Association, AZ
Junior Golf Association of Arizona
Ladies Professional Golf Association
The First Tee of Phoenix

2,400,000

Overnight visitors PLAY GOLF during their visit

388,000,000

In tax revenue generated by the Golf Industry

50,700

Jobs supported throught the GOLF INDUSTRY

1,700,000,000

Wages earned within the GOLF INDUSTRY

Golf and Water Management

The golf industry has long been an innovating leader in sustainability, pioneering nationally recognized best practices for wise water management decades ago. Superintendents, general managers, course owners, industry partners, and others have worked tirelessly to become stewards of Arizona’s water supply. As a result, the golf industry modestly accounts for just two percent of the state’s overall total water use while at the same time producing more than $4.6 billion in economic activity.

Local golf industry works collaboratively with local regulatory agencies, including the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), currently drafting the 5th Management Plan to determine water allocation limits, effective January 1, 2025. Bringing unity to the golf industry’s diverse voices, the Arizona Alliance for Golf strives to achieve a win-win outcome, allowing golf to continue to be economically viable, while also helping the ADWR meet its statutory conservation goal.

Water continues to be one of the most complicated – and political – policy issues in the state of Arizona. AAG’s efforts are intended to position the game of golf as a trusted leading voice on policy conversations in the years to come.

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ALL GOLF OPERATIONS ACCOUNT FOR 2% OF ARIZONA WATER USE

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GOLF PROPERTY SALES OUT PACE NON-GOLF HOMES BY 17%

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GOLF TRAVELERS SPEND ON AVERAGE 3 TIMES MORE THAN OTHER TOURISTS

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MORE THAN 10M ROUNDS OF GOLF ARE PLAYED IN AZ EACH YEAR