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May 2018 National Rounds Played

by National Rounds Played Coalition

July 2018

Click image to view the full May 2018 National Rounds Played Report

 

Rounds played in May were up 5.3%, marking the end of four consecutive monthly declines due to unusually cooler temperatures and greater precipitation across much of the U.S.

While the national, year-to-date total through May is down 4.1% compared to a year ago, it has improved over the year-to-date number through April (which was at -8.9%).  May accounts for about as many annual rounds as January through March combined, so the fact that rounds were up more than 5% in May helps explain the improvement in the year-to-date figure.

May rounds were up in all but the South Atlantic region.  Rounds were up by double-digit percentages in New England and the East North Central region (18% and 11%, respectively), and up over 5% in four of the five remaining regions.

Many parts of the South Atlantic region were hit hard in May due to a significant increase in precipitation, particularly Florida and the Carolinas.

The Pacific and Mountain regions continue to outpace rounds performance from a year ago as rounds in both of those regions are up year-to-date, 10% and 5% respectively.

Now that the months with heaviest rounds volume (June-August) are in full swing, these next few months will be important in determining overall rounds performance for the year.

Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and allow operators to make-up for any deficits.

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National Rounds Played Coalition

Golf Datatech spearheads the National Rounds Played Coalition, with assistance from the National Golf Foundation and the National Golf Course Owners Association.