Good weather helps February rounds-played

Spurred by warmer temperatures and less rain, rounds-played in the U.S. jumped 10.1 percent in February compared with the same month a year ago.

Favorable weather thus far in 2012 has produced even more impressive year-to-date gains: up 15.3 percent compared with the first two months of 2011.

Public-access courses reported February rounds increasing 11.8 percent and up 16.9 percent year-to-date. Meanwhile, private courses showed gains of 5.8 percent and 11.3 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a collaborative venture among Golf Datatech, National Golf Foundation, PGA of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. Data from 3,140 courses were used for the latest report.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: February / Year-to-date

Pacific: 16.5 percent / 12.0 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: 13.9 percent / 11.8 percent

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

West North Central: 91.0 percent / 194.5 percent

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

East North Central: 130.6 percent / 238.1 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: 1.5 percent / 19.1 percent

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

South Atlantic: 4.1 percent / 11.2 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: 516.0 percent / 688.3 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: 381.4 percent / 409.4 percent

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

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