Rounds up 6.1 percent through November '12

Rounds played in the U.S. increased 2.6 percent in November, helping year-to-date gains stay above 6 percent, according to the latest monthly figures.

Public-access courses performed slightly better, reporting an increase of 3.3 percent for November and 6.9 percent through the first 11 months of 2012. By comparison, private facilities showed gains of 0.6 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report.

The monthly report, published by Golf Datatech LLC, is a joint venture undertaken collaboratively by the National Golf Foundation, National Golf Course Owners Association and PGA of America. The report included data from more than 3,800 participating courses.

Of the eight regions surveyed, five reported an increase in rounds played in November, led by West North Central – up 26.7 percent. Of the three regions reporting November declines, the Mid Atlantic (down 30.8 percent) and New England (down 17.9 percent) endured the biggest losses.

The following is a breakdown by regions:

Region: November / Year-to-date

• Pacific: 1.1 percent / 2.9 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

• Mountain: 20.5 percent / 6.8 percent

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

• West North Central: 26.7 percent / 7.6 percent

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

• East North Central: 3.3 percent / 10.7 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

• South Central: 14.6 percent / 4.9 percent

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

• South Atlantic: -1.9 percent / 3.0 percent

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

• Mid Atlantic: -30.8 percent / 10.3 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

• New England: -17.9 percent / 3.3 percent

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

• United States: 2.6 percent / 6.1 percent

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