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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Golf: More Jobs, Lower Healthcare Costs?

Apr 16, 2013

I’ve always loved sports – especially lacrosse, football and baseball – and, on occasion, golf.   Now that I’m in public office, I’ve come to realize that the golf course isn’t just a place to broker deals or enjoy a few hours in the sun. Here in Maryland, golf generates more than 14,000 jobs and has a $1.3 billion economic impact.

More golf by the numbers:
  • 2 million: Jobs supported by golf in America. 
  • $176.8 billion: Golf’s total impact on the American economy.
  • 2,000: Calories burned walking an 18-hole golf course.
  • $3.9 billion: National charitable impact of golf. 
  • 2,500: Square footage of turf grass on a golf course that can supply enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.
Today, advocates for the golf industry visited my office to ask me to support the “Personal Health Investment Today Act,” which will allow Americans to use pre-tax medical insurance accounts to pay for physical activity expenses like gym memberships, youth sports leagues and exercise equipment – even entry fees for road races.  I was happy to be able to tell them that I am already a cosponsor of this common-sense bill because providing incentives for healthy lifestyles will reduce insurance costs for all Americans. 
You can learn more about the “PHIT Act” and why I support it here