Greater Rochester Enterprise — an economic development organization focused on promoting the Greater Rochester, N.Y. region as a competitive place for business location and growth — is projecting the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club will have a $41.8 million economic impact on the region.
An economic impact study published by GRE also predicts more than 350 temporary jobs will be added to support the influx of golf enthusiasts. Projected economic impact will be greater than $8.2 million, including state, local and federal taxes. According to GRE, the industries slated to receive the biggest boost from the tournament are hotels and motels, restaurants, transportation providers, construction and maintenance firms, real estate and retail.
“Top-notch talent, high quality of life, and incomparable business assets make Greater Rochester, N.Y. a world-class venue for major tournaments like the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship,” said Matt Hurlbutt, Greater Rochester Enterprise Interim President & CEO. “We look forward to bringing the finest in golf to our region.”
Greater Rochester, N.Y. has historically been an avid market for international golf events. In 2023, Oak Hill will host the 105th PGA Championship for a record-tying fourth time.
"Rochester is the perfect combination of a community that's really passionate about golf; big enough to support it from a corporate standpoint, from a sponsorship and volunteer standpoint; and not so big that you're competing with other major sporting events," PGA Championship Director Bryan Karns said.
In addition to the region’s passion for golf, Greater Rochester, N.Y. is known for turning good ideas into great businesses and innovations, driving the region’s economic engine. In turn, Greater Rochester’s success attracts events like the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which contribute even greater revenue to the region.
“Monroe County is proud to be home to Oak Hill, one of the country’s top golf courses, and we look forward to both residents and visitors having the chance to experience the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2019,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said. “Along with its contribution to our tourism industry, this event represents a major gain for our local economy. With an estimated economic impact of $41 million, this event will create or support more than 350 local jobs and is certainly a win for our region.”
In addition to the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Oak Hill has hosted the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship, the U.S. Senior Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Locust Hill Country Club, also in Rochester, hosted the LPGA Championship annually for 38 years through 2014.
“Oak Hill is proud to once again host a major championship in our community,” said Kevin Horey, 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Chair. “Our members are business owners and stakeholders in our community and we are thrilled that Oak Hill will have such a positive impact on the local economy in 2019.”
Click here to see a complete version of GRE’s economic impact analysis of the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.