María Ascensión Molina Huertas, Francisco J. Del Campo Gomis, David Bernardo López Lluch & Asunción María Agulló Torres, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain
Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyse the opinions (and the differences among them) of golf players, golf courses managers and the general population about the economic and social impact of golf courses in a tourist destination (Alicante province, in Spain) from the data collected in three surveys. Golf players and golf courses managers have a more positive opinion about this economic and social impact than the population in the province. This is due to the knowledge of the first group about golf industry benefits. Therefore, communication about these social and economic benefits of golf courses has to be increased with the population in the area in order to improve their opinion about them.
Keywords: Golf courses, opinion, impacts, social, economic