Rounds played declines 3.3% in June

Monday, August 3, 2009

The number of rounds played in the U.S. fell 3.3 percent in June, but managed to marginally stay ahead of 2008’s pace for the year-to-date period.

From January through June, rounds played increased 0.2 percent compared with the same six-month period a year ago, according to a report provided by Golf Datatech in collaboration with PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. Data from 4,200 golf courses are used for the report.

Rounds played at private courses declined 5.4 percent in June compared with June 2008, and decreased 1.0 percent comparing year-to-date totals.

At public-access courses, rounds played decreased 2.7 percent for the month, but increased 0.6 percent for the year-to-date period.

A breakdown by geographic region:

Region June / Year-to-date

Pacific 1.7 percent / 1.2 percent

Mountain - 2.9 percent / - 0.5 percent

West North Central 0.7 percent / 9.6 percent

East North Central -3.4 percent / 3.1 percent

South Central -2.8 percent / -0.1 percent

South Atlantic -4.5 percent / -4.9 percent

Mid Atlantic -8.5 percent / 0.1 percent

New England - 8.1 percent / -0.9 percent

U.S. - 3.3 percent / 0.2 percent