America’s heartland, mid-Atlantic endure rounds decline

Through the peak of summer, America’s heartland and the mid-Atlantic region have endured the biggest percentage declines in rounds played, according to the industry’s latest participation survey.

The mid-Atlantic – which the National Golf Rounds Played Report defines as New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – reported rounds for the first eight months of the year were down 10.3 percent compared with the same period in 2010. That percentage deficit is the highest among the eight regions surveyed by the report.

Meanwhile, the East North Central region, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, witnessed rounds fall 9.7 percent for the year-to-date period.

Overall, the number of rounds played in the U.S. dipped 1.4 percent in August, and it declined 3.3 percent for the year-to-date period. Participation at private facilities fell more sharply: down 3.8 percent in August; and down 3.6 percent year-to-date.

By comparison, at public-access courses, rounds played declined 0.8 percent in August and dropped 3.3 percent for the first eight months of 2011.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is published by research firm Golf Datatech in collaboration with the National Golf Foundation, PGA of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. The August report included data from 3,765 courses.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: Aug. / Year-to-date

• Pacific: 1.0 percent / -1.4 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: -2.7 percent / -1.9 percent

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

• West North Central: 2.0 percent / -7.1 percent

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

• East North Central: 2.7 percent / -9.7 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: -1.6 percent / 2.2 percent

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

• South Atlantic: -0.9 percent / 3.3 percent

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

• Mid-Atlantic: -11.0 percent / -10.3 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: -7.5 percent / -6.1 percent

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

• United States: -1.4 percent / -3.3 percent

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