Rounds played at public-access and private courses in the U.S. both fell in August, contributing to a 3.6 percent decline year-to-date.
Public-access courses reported a 4.5 percent drop for the month compared with August 2009, according to the latest National Golf Rounds Played Report released by industry research firm Golf Datatech LLC. The year-to-date total for this category was down 3.2 percent.
Meanwhile, rounds played at private courses fell 6.2 percent in August; it was down 4.7 percent year-to-date.
Overall, rounds played in August declined 4.9 percent.
The only region to report increases for the month and year-to-date was the Mid Atlantic, which posted gains of 1.4 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. The region includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The following is a rounds-played breakdown by region:
- Region: August / Year-to-date
- Pacific: -3.9 percent / -3.9 percent
- Mountain: -0.3 percent / -2.6 percent
- West North Central: -8.6 percent / -4.6 percent
- East North Central: -2.6 percent / -2.8 percent
- South Central: -12.9 percent / -8.4 percent
- South Atlantic: -7.7 percent / -5.8 percent
- Mid Atlantic: 1.4 percent / 2.9 percent
- New England: -2.0 percent / 5.6 percent
- United States: -4.9 percent / -3.6 percent