Rounds-played report shows September drop

Rounds played in September fell 4.4 percent, continuing a steady string of year-over-year monthly declines and almost ensuring a participation drop for 2011.

Through the first nine months of the year, rounds played in the U.S. declined 3.5 percent. Contributing to that downward trend were September declines of 4.1 percent and 5.6 percent at public-access and private courses, respectively.

Year-to-date, play was down 3.4 percent at public-access courses. Rounds played declined more at private courses: down 3.8 percent for the same nine-month period.

The two regions that incurred double-digit percentage declines for the month were: East North Central, which includes Indiana and Ohio, down 10.4 percent; and Mid Atlantic, featuring New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, down 15.5 percent.

More than 3,800 courses contributed data for the National Golf Rounds Played Report, which is a collaborative venture supported by Golf Datatech LLC, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America and National Golf Foundation.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: Sept. / Year-to-date

• Pacific: 1.3 percent / - 1.1 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: 1.3 percent / - 1.5 percent

(Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah)

• West North Central: 1.9 percent / - 5.9 percent

(Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri)

• East North Central: - 10.4 percent / - 9.8 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: 0.5 percent / 2.0 percent

(Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)

• South Atlantic: - 3.0 percent / 2.7 percent

(Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

• Mid Atlantic: - 15.5 percent / - 11.1 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: - 7.7 percent / - 6.3 percent

(Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

• United States: -4.4 percent / -3.5 percent

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