Rounds played jumped 29.5 percent in March

Helped by less rainfall and warmer temperatures in many parts of the country, the number of rounds played in the U.S. jumped 29.5 percent in March.

For the year-to-date period, the gain in rounds played was 22 percent compared with the first three months of 2011, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report.

Public-access courses were the biggest beneficiaries of the improved weather conditions: The number of rounds played at such facilities increased 33.7 percent in March and 25 percent for the year-to-date period. By comparison, private courses reported gains of 16.7 percent and 13.7 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a collaborative venture involving Golf Datatech LLC, National Golf Foundation, PGA of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. Data from 3,650 courses were used for the latest report.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: March / YTD

• Pacific: 7.5 percent / 10.3 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: 11.0 percent / 11.4 percent

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

• West North Central: 129.4 percent / 134.4 percent

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

• East North Central: 195.6 percent / 197.8 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: 7.0 percent / 12.8 percent

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

• South Atlantic: 11.2 percent / 11.2 percent

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

• Mid Atlantic: 131.8 percent / 161.6 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: 115.3 percent / 124.8 percent

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

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