general facts

  • In 1888 there were fewer than a dozen golfers in the United States ; by 1975, more than fourteen million Americans were playing on more than 11,000 golf courses in all parts of the country.
  • In 1953, forty-three lawn articles appeared in popular magazines, followed by forty-five in 1955. The record number for any previous year was twenty in 1928.
  • In 1964, it was estimated that Americans invested almost as much in their lawns as in foreign military assistance.
  • In 1989 more than 500,000 people made their living directly from the turf care and maintenance, and turf grass was a $25 billion industry.
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