U.S. rounds played up 5.7 percent in 2012

The number of rounds played in December declined, but it increased 5.7 percent for all of last year, according to the latest national report.

In December, rounds fell 3.8 percent compared with the same month in 2011. The rounds decline was 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent at public-access and private courses, respectively.

For the entire year, however, play increased 5.7 percent compared with 2011. At public-access courses, rounds played grew more significantly: 6.5 percent. Private courses reported 2.8 percent growth.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is published collaboratively by Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. The December report represents data from 3,285 courses.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: December / Year-to-date

Pacific: -18.0 percent / 1.6 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: 12.9 percent / 7.0 percent

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

West North Central: 5.3 percent / 7.6 percent

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

East North Central: 39.6 percent / 10.8 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: 8.4 percent / 5.0 percent

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

South Atlantic: -7.0 percent / 2.4 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: -5.8 percent / 10.1 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: -11.4 percent / 3.2 percent

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

United States: -3.8 percent / 5.7 percent

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