U.S. rounds played stays flat in July

Monday, August 31, 2009

The number of rounds played in the U.S. remained flat in July and increased marginally, up 0.2 percent, for the year-to-date period, according to the most recent national survey.

At public-access courses, rounds played increased O.1 percent in July and 0.5 percent for the year-to-date period. Rounds played, however, dropped at private facilities: It declined 0.4 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a collaborative effort released by Golf Datatech, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and the National Golf Foundation. The report represents data from 4,025 courses.

The following provides a regional breakdown:

Region: July / Year-to-date

Pacific......................... -1.7 percent / +0.6 percent

Mountain..................... -1.5 percent / -0.7 percent

West North Central..... +0.5 percent / +6.7 percent

East North Central...... -0.3 percent / +2.0 percent

South Central.............. -2.5 percent / -0.5 percent

South Atlantic............. +2.4 percent / -3.8 percent

Mid Atlantic................. +4.3 percent / +1.4 percent

New England................ -3.8 percent / -1.9 percent

United States.............. 0.0 percent / +0.2 percent