SC Commissioner Weathers: Golf and Floriculture

South Carolina is home to many national sporting events. SC Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is here to tell us more about one of SC ag’s top sectors.

  • The Masters just wrapped up in Augusta, GA and the RBC Heritage starts this week in Hilton Head, SC.
  • South Carolina is actually known as “First in Golf” with more than 350 courses within our borders.
  • People from around the world have recognized the unsurpassed quality of life South Carolina has to offer, visiting the Palmetto State often and making tourism in the state an over $20 billion annual industry.
  • But golf doesn’t just bring in tourists. It helps our floriculture industry, including turfgrass, thrive.
  • As of most recent data, Floriculture was S.C.’s 9th most profitable agricultural commodity in 2020 ($68.6 million)
  • Floriculture industry expected to grow by 5 percent between 2019-2024
  • One of the highest value-per-acre sectors within agriculture
  • In 2020, greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture in S.C. had a direct economic output of $146M