Following the money

Some good feedback on my column this morning, about California’s idea to tax golf, and the rising costs of playing and going to sports in general.

A couple of readers pointed out that golf taxes are alive and well in at least two states. Tennessee has a golf tax of 9.25 percent. And Florida, I’m told, also has a golf tax in the neighborhood of 7-8 percent.

Both of those are states, however, that do not have state personal income tax — at least on wages and salaries. So I don’t know that it’s as painful in those situations. Still, interesting to know that golf is being taxed.

Also, I don’t have particulars, but several bowlers wrote to say that they believe bowling is also taxed. I couldn’t find any specific bowling tax other than usual sales taxes, but will keep looking.

More serious, of course, is the issue of the rising cost of attending games. In fact, I wanted to mention it because it is important, but didn’t want to go into too much detail because it’s an issue I’m planning on taking a much deeper look into, probably this summer when things slow down.


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