National Golf Day is coming up on May 18th. Industry leaders will be meeting to discuss issues that are vital to golf with senators and congressman at our nation’s capital. I am honored to have been invited and be able to attend as a representative for GCSAA and The First Tee.
My plan is to address two issues that I feel have an important role in growing the game of golf. The first is the Impact of Environmental Regulations of Golf, specifically, the “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS rule. This rule has far reaching implications for golf courses and will make it more difficult to manage golf operations and remain competitive. The second is the PHIT Act. This act aims to expand the definition of qualified expenses for health savings accounts to include qualifying fitness and sports expenses in an effort to prevent sedentary lifestyles that lead to health problems in children and adults. Almost all aspects of golf (camps, clinics, lessons, green and driving range fees, tournament fees and golf balls or clubs) are proposed to be included in these expenses.
I look forward to sharing with everyone after I have attended this event. Look for more news to come.