U.S. rounds played up 17.1 percent in April

Favorable weather conditions continued to bolster participation trends as rounds played increased 17.1 percent in April, according to the latest national report.

Six of the eight U.S. geographic regions reported less rain compared with a year ago, and five regions recorded warmer temperatures. Such factors not only boosted play in April, but helped increase rounds played 20 percent for the year-to-date period compared with the first four months of 2011.

Public-access courses showed an 18.9 percent gain in April and a 22.4 percent increase for the year-to-date period. Meanwhile, private courses reported increases of 10.9 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a collaborative venture involving Golf Datatech, National Golf Foundation, PGA of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. April's report included data from 3,760 courses.

Here is the regional breakdown:

Region: April / Year to date

Pacific: 0.8 percent / 7.3 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: 21.8 percent / 14.9 percent

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

West North Central: 32.5 percent / 60.0 percent

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

East North Central: 56.3 percent / 89.6 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: 6.2 percent / 10.2 percent

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

South Atlantic: 1.9 percent / 8.2 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: 37.7 percent / 70.0 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: 34.1 percent / 49.5 percent

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

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