U.S. rounds played dip slightly in July

Rounds played dipped slightly in July, but maintained a nearly double-digit percentage gain through the first seven months of the year, according to the latest participation report.

For the year-to-date period, rounds played increased 9.2 percent compared with the same period in 2011. In July, rounds played declined marginally – down 0.5 percent from the same month a year ago.

The findings were included in the National Golf Rounds Played Report, which is published cooperatively by industry research firm Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. The report collected data from 3,820 courses.

In July, activity fell significantly more at private facilities, which reported rounds played dropped 5.7 percent. By comparison, public-access courses witnessed a 0.8 percent increase. Through the first seven months of 2012, public courses outperformed their private counterparts, posting gains of 10.5 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: July / Year to date

• Pacific: 0.9 percent / 5.0 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: 0.5 percent / 8.9 percent

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

• West North Central: -1.0 percent / 15.3 percent

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

• East North Central: 1.4 percent / 20.1 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: -3.2 percent / 5.8 percent

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

• South Atlantic: -2.9 percent / 3.5 percent

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

• Mid Atlantic: 0.2 percent / 12.9 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: -1.1 percent / 5.6 percent

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

• United States: -0.5 percent / 9.2 percent

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