Economy Minister Simon Hamilton says NI is on course for golf to be worth £50m to the local economy by 2020.
Speaking during a visit to the NI Open Championship at Galgorm Castle, he emphasised the importance of the sport in terms of it's potential for generating tourism growth.
"We are delighted that Galgorm is again hosting the NI Open this week - and there's also the good news that the Irish Open will be coming back to NI - Portstewart - next year.
"This is all building up to The Open coming to Royal Portrush in 2019.
"Golf is a growing part of our economy . We hope to be able to build it to a £50m business by the end of this decade - and we are well on track to do that," he said.