My first reaction to news that politicians from various parties were looking to once again make golf a legitimate business expense was “Please do it!” If they accomplish nothing else this year, please get this done.
I’m not sure if the impact will be absolutely immediate, but I think over the course of a couple of years, it would bring a lot of people and a lot of businesses back to golf. I say that from a West Coast perspective, but I’m sure people in other parts of the country agree.
Working behind a counter in a golf shop growing up, I can’t imagine the number of times I was given a corporate VISA to ring in four greens fees, balls, range balls and a few hats.
You don’t see that as much anymore and I think losing tax-deductible status took a lot of rounds away from the golf industry.
I’m only going on what I’ve seen in my own experience, but here on the West Coast, we have a long golf season and having that status come back would do a lot for us.
It would also help golf instructors offering courses or clinics or lessons as client or staff perks, so from several perspectives within the golf industry and from the perspective of growing the game, I welcome it with open arms.