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The U.S. military owns 146 golf facilities in 40 states, the District of Columbia and 11 overseas countries, according to the nonprofit Operation Support Military Golf.

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., a former Marine, criticized the ownership of nonmilitary assets such as golf courses in a Sept. 29, 2023, interview.

“We can recycle those assets and take the savings and invest it” in training and improved living conditions for troops, he said.

The courses include Monterey Pines in Monterey, Calif.; Carney Park in Naples, Italy; and six courses in Hawaii. None are in Wisconsin.

Sports Illustrated reported in January that the military is one of the top golf course operators in the U.S.

Federal law generally prohibits Defense Department appropriations from being used to run golf courses. Exceptions are made for courses outside the U.S. or in remote locations in the U.S.

This Fact Brief is responsive to conversations such as this one.


Operation Support Military Golf: Where Is Military Golf

WLUK-TV FOX 11: Rep. Mike Gallagher on UAW strike, government shutdown

Sports Illustrated: Golf in the Military Continues to Thrive at a Number of Under-the-Radar Courses

Cornell: 10 U.S. Code § 2491a – Department of Defense golf courses: limitation on use of appropriated funds

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for Milwaukee Magazine and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.