Total number of rounds played in the U.S. declined 5.9 percent year-to-date, following a difficult April that produced a nearly 17 percent drop.
According to the National Golf Rounds Played Report, participation for the month fell 16.7 percent.
At public-access courses, rounds played fell 17.2 percent in April and declined 6.7 percent for the first four months of the year compared with the same period in 2010. The losses were less severe at private courses: down 14.7 percent in April and down 3.3 percent year-to-date.
Industry research firm Golf Datatech, the PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association work jointly to produce the rounds played report.
The following is a regional breakdown:
Region: April / Year-to-date
• Pacific: +1.0 percent / -3.6 percent
(California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)
• Mountain: -4.5 percent / -2.1 percent
(Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah)
• West North Central: -26.7 percent / -25.5 percent
(Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri)
• East North Central: -45.3 percent / -43.5 percent
(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
• South Central: -3.4 percent / +9.3 percent
(Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)
• South Atlantic: -4.6 percent / +6.2 percent
(Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
• Mid Atlantic: -37.2 percent / -33.1 percent
(New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
• New England: -19.0 percent / -23.5 percent
(Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)