Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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32 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 (advocacy) Chava McKeel Twitter: @GCSAA National Golf Day celebrates 10 years If you've never been to our nation's capi- tal — or even if you're a frequent visitor — April 26 is an ideal day for members of the golf course industry to be in Washington, D.C., where the We Are Golf coalition will hold its 10th annual National Golf Day. Since the inaugural event in 2008, National Golf Day has given the industry an opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staffs to educate them on golf 's economic and social contributions, and to discuss the effects of legislation on the industry. GCSAA has been deeply involved since that first gathering, and 68 individuals represented the association in 2016. National Golf Day has special importance. Many Americans, including policymakers, do not play golf and do not understand its value to our society, while others have erroneous perceptions of golf 's use of inputs or see it as only a sport for the elite. National Golf Day affords the industry an opportunity to tell federally elected officials who make decisions that directly impact the sport and golf facilities about the game's value as a strong economic engine, a job creator, a protector of the environment, a contributor to health and wellness, and a benefactor to char - itable organizations. In the years since its inception, National Golf Day has grown in terms of participation levels and the number of conversations held on Capitol Hill. The GCSAA delegation al - ways speaks of the importance of the benefits of golf, as well as issues that directly impact its members' ability to do business, such as labor, business and environmental regulations. The 2017, the association is focusing on the health and wellness benefits of golf by sharing the new health and wellness data released by the World Golf Foundation last fall, so it will also be offering health and wellness activities in the Rayburn building. This will be the first year all National Golf Day attendees will be housed under one roof at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City next to Ronald Reagan National Airport. Please consider flying into Washington on Monday, April 24, and participating in the community service project and GCSAA delegation party. Tuesday afternoon will also feature logistics and issues training for those participating in Capitol Hill meetings on Wednesday. GCSAA members who attend National Golf Day often become more active in state and local government relations efforts. They see how easy it is to share their story, and begin to truly feel that they can make a tangible dif - ference for their profession. Please contact GCSAA's government affairs department at 800-472-7878 to learn more, and to find out how you can become a Grassroots Ambassa - dor. GCSAA welcomes your participation. Chava McKeel is GCSAA's director of government affairs. event also provides an opportunity to advocate for passage of legislation like the PHIT Act, which would allow Americans to use pre-tax dollars to pay for expenses related to physi - cal activity. This coming April, GCSAA will expand its mission at National Golf Day and give our industry an opportunity to give back by par - ticipating in a community service project on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol. Twenty- five-year GCSAA member and former super - intendent Michael Stachowicz and members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of GCS will organize members into teams to carry out beautification and preservation projects on the grounds, which welcome more than 33 mil - lion visitors annually. All members of GCSAA are invited to par - ticipate in the community service project on the morning of Tuesday, April 25, and then participate in meetings with members of Con - gress the following day, National Golf Day. To register for the community service project and lobby day, go to the We Are Golf web - site ( ). Once registered, you will receive additional information from GCSAA's government affairs department re - garding flight and hotel arrangements. Traditionally, National Golf Day has in - cluded a day-long exhibit on Capitol Hill that allows members of Congress and their staffs to interact with the GCSAA delegation. This year's exhibit, which will be in the Rayburn House Office Building, includes previous fea - tures such as the Democrat and Republican putting contest and a swing simulator. But for GCSAA's delegation, which included its Government Affairs Committee along with association staff, met with policy experts from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce while in Washington, D.C., for National Golf Day in May 2016. Photo by Scott Hollister

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