Rounds played fall in May; down 6.3 percent YTD

Rounds played in the U.S. suffered another monthly loss in May, sending year-to-date totals down 6.3 percent, according to a national report.

Following declines in March and April, total rounds played fell 7.0 percent in May.

At public-access courses, the declines were 6.5 percent in May and 6.6 percent for year-to-date compared with the same five-month period in 2010. At private courses, rounds played dropped 9.0 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report was released by research firm Golf Datatach in cooperation with the PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association. It includes data from 3,650 reporting courses.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: May / YTD

• Pacific: -1.4 percent / -3.0 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: -7.0 percent / -3.5 percent

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

• West North Central: -9.7 percent / -17.3 percent

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

• East North Central: -15.3 percent / -28.8 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: -4.0 percent / 5.0 percent

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

• South Atlantic: 1.9 percent / 5.2 percent

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

• Mid Atlantic: -12.4 percent / -21.9 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: -8.6 percent / -14.9 percent

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

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