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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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September 2018 National Rounds Played

by National Rounds Played Coalition

November 2018

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

 

Rounds of golf for September 2018 were down 7.2% compared to a year ago due to heavier-than-normal precipitation levels in many regions of the United States. It’s been the continuation of a trend that’s had an impact for much of the year, and the national year-to-date rounds-played total is -3.3% through September.

Six of the eight geographic regions experienced significant increases in precipitation for September and rounds-played were down in all of them. September typically accounts for about 10% of annual rounds, making it one of the higher volume months of the year.

The Mid-Atlantic (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and South Central (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky) saw the biggest declines in September play and both had a 190% increase in rain. Rounds in the Mid-Atlantic were down 16.5% for the month, compared to a year ago, while the South Central experienced a 15.5% dip on the tee sheet.

There was even more precipitation in the East North Central region — an increase of 239% from last September — and rounds-played dropped by 10.4% in golf-rich states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Other declines included -11.8% in the West North Central, -5.9% in the South Atlantic and -0.8% in New England.

In the only two U.S. regions with less precipitation than a year ago, play was up. The Mountain region (Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana) saw an 11.4% increase in rounds-played and the Pacific (California, Oregon and Washington) was up 2.9%.

Mother Nature is usually the predominant influence on the number of rounds played in the golf industry, causing an average weather-related fluctuation of 2% to 3% each year.  So far this year, the weather has presented even more of a challenge for operators.

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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.