A premier tournament like the Honda Classic reminds Palm Beach County that it is golfing mecca, where not only do 117,000 full-time residents consider themselves golfers, but the industry employs about 21,000 people.
Even after a decade of declining interest in the game and a recession that caused golfers to cut back on equipment purchases and how often they played, local golf industry workers say it has a lot of perks.
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2012 had the first increase in golf rounds played since 2006
Golf rounds played jumped 6 percent in 2012
42.5 million rounds are played in Florida
1.24 million households in Florida include a golfer
Florida’s golf economy is $7.2 billion annually
Florida has the largest golf economy of any U.S. state
Florida golf industry supports 167,000 jobs
Palm Beach County had 146 golf courses in 2011
Palm Beach County is third in the country for the number of golf facilities
An estimated 117,000 year-round Palm Beach County residents golf