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National Golf Day Recap

A new administration has entered Washington. The Republican Party has taken hold of the Capitol. The laws that govern the United States are changing by the day.

That means now, perhaps more than ever, it’s imperative the golf industry educate the country’s newest leaders and lawmakers. The sport took those steps earlier this spring, when it returned to D.C. for the 10th annual National Golf Day.

“It was apparent many members [of Congress] were under the impression that golf courses were a large business mostly owned by corporations,” posits Bill Stine, president and CEO of Cypress Golf Management, and a NGCOA board member. “They were interested in the fact that many were actually small business operations, owned and operated by mom and pop.”

Stine was one of more than 30 NGCOA members who took over the Capitol in late April to participate in National Golf Day and the association’s inaugural Advocacy Forum, where the lobbying firm Forbes-Tate Partners offered the latest on the golf industry’s interests on Capitol Hill.

The firm’s representatives provided members with insight on how legislative bills are managed and how Forbes-Tate engages with Congress to address golf industry issues. In addition, they shared with attendees the nuances the Trump administration employs to create a better working environment between it and Congress. NGCOA members were also briefed on the three primary legislative issues We Are Golf is tackling: H2B workers, the Clean Water Act and the PHIT Act.

“The smaller, informal setting of the Forum was a great way to learn more about the objectives of National Golf Day,” notes NGCOA member David Frem.

The following day, NGCOA representatives joined more than 130 other golf industry members on the Hill, where attendees were separated into teams based on their home state and legislative district. Voting information of Congressional members on key legislative issues was also available, further aiding golf’s leaders in their mission to drive home industry needs to legislators.

“It was an awesome experience,” says Don Rea, owner of Augusta Ranch Golf Club and a NGCOA board member. “It really felt like our time was valued and they were listening to our concerns and feedback. Very impressive to see our country in action.”