U.S. rounds played up 7.4% through September

Rounds played in the U.S. increased 5.2 percent in September and posted a more robust 7.4 percent gain through the first nine months of the year.

Public-access courses out-performed national statistics with a 5.8 percent gain in September and an 8.3 percent increase year-to-date, compared respectively with the same periods a year ago. By comparison, private facilities reported gains of 3.1 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a collaborative venture involving industry research firm Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. The September report includes data from 3,900 reporting courses.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: Sept. / Year to date

Pacific: 1.1 percent / 3.5 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: 0.5 percent / 6.7 percent

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

West North Central: 0.3 percent / 9.7 percent

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

East North Central: 7.4 percent / 13.4 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: 0.1 percent / 5.0 percent

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

South Atlantic: 8.9 percent / 3.7 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: 17.6 percent / 12.9 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: 3.4 percent / 4.9 percent

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

United States: 5.2 percent / 7.4 percent

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