Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced approximately $2.6 million in NY Works projects to improve State Park golf courses are currently underway this year.
“We are thrilled to host the PGA Championship in Rochester this year, and by investing in our State Parks and launching I Love NY Golf, we hope to build on that momentum and entice other major events like the PGA tournament to Upstate New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our State Parks and golf courses are a great asset in our work to boost tourism, create jobs and grow the economy statewide. These projects improve critical infrastructure so that we can maintain our state-of-the-art parks and facilities and enhance New York’s reputation as a premier vacation destination. Whether you’re new to the sport or an experienced golfer, I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors to come to one of New York’s golf courses to play, relax, and work on your game this summer.”
“I Love NY Golf” is the Governor’s initiative to brand and promote the more than 1,000 publicly- and privately-owned golf courses in New York State under one umbrella.
Four NY Works projects, funded by the 2013-14 Budget, are currently underway to improve infrastructure at State Park golf courses.
Additionally, State Parks is developing plans to revitalize the golf patron area of Beaver Island State Park in Western New York, including a new pro shop and café.
New York State Parks currently maintains and oversees 29 golf courses located at 21 State Parks across New York. Approximately 700,000 rounds of golf are played at State Park golf courses each year, bringing in an average of $17 million in annual revenue.
This year’s PGA Championship in Rochester is expected to attract up to 35,000 attendees per day—or more than 200,000 total spectators—with up to 30 percent of these golf fans coming from outside New York State and representing 47 different countries.
New York has hosted 12 PGA Championships in total – more than any other state.