U.S. rounds played drop 23 percent in March

Rounds played in the United States fell 23 percent in March compared with the same month a year ago, according to the industry's latest participation report.

More rain or colder temperatures, and, in some cases, both, led to significant percentage declines, especially in regions stretching from America's Heartland, through the Midwest, and to the Mid-Atlantic.

For the first three months of the year, rounds played nationally declined 15.4 percent compared with the same period in 2012. Play at public-access courses dropped 23.1 percent in March and 14.4 percent for the year-to-date period. By comparison, private facilities reported declines of 22.7 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report is a joint venture produced collaboratively with Golf Datatech LLC, PGA of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and National Golf Foundation. The March report represents 3,675 participating courses.

The following is a regional breakdown:

Region: March / Year-to-date

Pacific: 20.0 percent / 3.6 percent

(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

Mountain: -5.5 percent / -8.1 percent

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

West North Central: -71.0 percent / -68.4 percent

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

East North Central: -76.2 percent / -75.3 percent

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)

South Central: -11.9 percent / -9.7 percent

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

South Atlantic: -13.4 percent / -8.7 percent

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

Mid Atlantic: -60.6 percent / -59.0 percent

(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)

New England: -53.0 percent / -55.3 percent

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

United States: -23.0 percent / -15.4 percent

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