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Get Out and Golf Day

With Canada 150 celebrations happening in communities from coast-to-coast all year long, the Canadian golf industry has partnered with ParticipACTION in designating Sunday, May 28 as Get Out and Golf Day.

The ParticipACTION 150 Playlist—introduced this year in honour of Canada 150—invites Canadians to participate in 150 activities throughout 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. As part of Get Out and Golf Day, avid players and new enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in a round of golf (No.14 on the Play List), learn more about the sport or take part in golf-related activities at golf facilities in their community.

Canadian golf industry partners including the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada (NGCOA), PGA of Canada, Canadian Society of Club Managers, Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and Golf Canada in addition to Canada’s 10 provincial golf associations are all proudly supporting Get Out and Golf Day.

“Partnering with the ParticipACTION 150 Play List in designating May 28 as Get out and Golf Day is a great way to celebrate the tremendous health, social, charity and economic benefits golf deliver in communities from coast-to-coast,” said Golf Canada Interim CEO Jeff Thompson. “We’re proud to work with ParticipACTION and our Canadian golf industry partners to encourage heathy living through sport in honour of this great country.” 

Participating golf facilities across Canada will be offering fun golf activities including tournaments, clinics, free golf for juniors, skills contests and more. For NCGOA Canada CEO Jeff Calderwood, the day provides an opportunity for golf facilities to build a connection with golfers and community sports enthusiasts.

“We’re excited to collaborate with our industry partners, ParticipACTION and most importantly the thousands of golf courses across the country as Canadians celebrate our nation’s 150th Anniversary,” stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO, NGCOA Canada. “There is no better way to develop a sense of community than hitting the links with family and friends.”

For new enthusiasts thinking about taking up the game or getting a loved one involved, PGA of Canada professionals at facilities across the country are ready to deliver a quality golf experience to players of all interests and abilities.

“The PGA of Canada is happy to join our Canadian golf industry partners in supporting ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List with Get Out and Golf Day,” said PGA of Canada CEO Gary Bernard. “I encourage everyone from coast-to-coast on May 28 to celebrate golf in Canada and take part in this great initiative.”

The sport of golf is proudly listed on the ParticipACTION 150 Play List in addition to other golf-related activities, disc golf and mini-putt. Whether it’s golf or other recreational activities, ParticipACTION wants Canadians of all ages to get active while celebrating our great country.

“The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a physical-activity movement, inspiring and motivating Canadians everywhere to move more and sit less, and we are thrilled to have the Canadian golf industry’s support,” said Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION. “Modern life, with busy schedules, sedentary jobs, hours spent in front of screens and a love affair with convenience, has left little room for physical activity in everyday life. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is helping Canadians sit less and move more by reminding us that being active is part of who we are.”

A snapshot of the Canadian golf landscape reveals an industry worth more than $14.3 billion annually to the Canadian economy. These numbers reinforce the massive financial, charitable, social, tourism and environmental impact golf has in communities across Canada.

As Canada’s most played sport, nearly 5.7 million Canadians enjoy more than 60 million rounds of golf annually at 2,346 golf facilities from coast-to-coast.

Visit golfcanada.ca/golfday for information on golf events occurring across the country on May 28 or use the hashtag #golfdaycanada to share your experiences on Get Out and Golf Day.

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