Rounds played up through first half of 2012

With only New England and the south-Atlantic region of the U.S. posting declines, rounds played nationally increased in June and maintained double-digit percentage growth through the first half of 2012.

In June, rounds played in the U.S. increased 3.2 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Through the first six months of the year, the gain was 12.2 percent compared with the same period in 2011, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report.

The monthly update is a cooperative initiative conducted by industry research firm Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. Data from 3,580 golf courses were used for the report.

Public-access courses fared better than their private counterparts in June and are posting greater gains year-to-date. Public-access facilities reported increases of 3.9 percent in June and 13.5 percent for the first six months. Rounds played at private courses increased 0.3 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: June / Year-to-date

Pacific: 3.2 percent / 6.0 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: 3.5 percent / 11.0 percent

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

West North Central: 7.2 percent / 22.4 percent

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

East North Central: 5.7 percent / 29.4 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: 4.9 percent / 7.8 percent

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

South Atlantic: -1.2 percent / 4.6 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: 2.1 percent / 18.7 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: -4.3 percent / 9.0 percent

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

United States: 3.2 percent / 12.2 percent

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