Rounds played drops in March, but up for 1st quarter

The total number of rounds played in the U.S. fell 5.9 percent in March, but on a year-to-date basis is up 3.5 percent.

At public-access courses, rounds played declined 6.8 percent in March compared with the same month a year ago; at private courses the decrease was 3.1 percent. For year-to-date, the gains were 3.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively, compared with the same period in 2010.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report, released May 2, is a joint effort of Golf Datatech, PGA of America and National Golf Course Owners Association of America. It represents data collected from 3,470 reporting courses.

The following represents a breakdown by region:

Region March / Year-to-date

• Pacific (including California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington): down 15.5 percent / down 5.6 percent

• Mountain (including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah): down 5.5 percent / down 0.8 percent

• West North Central (including Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri): down 25.7 percent / down 21.9 percent

• East North Central (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin): down 38.7 percent / down 36.4 percent

• South Central (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississipi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas): up 8.4 percent / up 19.7 percent

• South Atlantic (Delware, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina): up 5.0 percent / up 12.2 percent

• Mid Atlantic (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania): down 13.3 percent / down 17.5 percent

• New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont): down 41.7 percent / down 40.4 percent

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