U.S. rounds played increased only marginally in August, but sustained a healthy gain for the year-to-date period.
According to the National Golf Rounds Played Report, rounds played for the month increased 0.8 percent compared with August 2011. Through the first eight months of the year, rounds played climbed 7.7 percent compared with the same period a year ago.
Public-access courses fared better than the overall figures: up 0.9 percent for August and 8.7 percent for the year-to-date period. By comparison, private facilities recorded gains of 0.7 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively.
The monthly report is produced collaboratively by Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. Data from 3,810 reporting courses were used in the report.
The following is a regional breakdown:
Region: August / Year-to-date
• Pacific: -2.2 percent / 3.9 percent
(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)
• Mountain: 0.7 percent / 7.5 percent
(Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah)
• West North Central: -2.0 percent / 11.3 percent
(Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri)
• East North Central: -2.8 percent / 14.4 percent
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
• South Central: 4.9 percent / 5.6 percent
(Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)
• South Atlantic: 1.0 percent / 3.2 percent
(Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
• Mid Atlantic: 9.6 percent / 12.2 percent
(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
• New England: 3.5 percent / 5.1 percent
(Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)
• United States: 0.8 percent / 7.7 percent