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November 2019 National Rounds Played

by National Rounds Played Coalition

January 2020

Click image to view the full November 2019 rounds played report.



Rounds of golf for November 2019 rose 9.8% nationally compared to a year ago thanks to significantly less precipitation in six of eight geographic regions, with more favorable weather helping extend the golf season from Boston to St. Louis.

A year earlier, November’s rounds-played numbers were historically bad, with the biggest negative decline (-18.8%) for a single month since March 2013.

With one month of data outstanding from 2019, the year-to-date rounds-played figure is up 1.3%, a trend that would put the year-end number for total rounds in the neighborhood of 439 million. In 2018 – the third-wettest year for the continental U.S. dating back to 1895 – the number of rounds played dipped to 434 million after hovering around 460 million for the previous five years.

November of 2019 saw notable precipitation declines in the Mid Atlantic (-73%), New England (-63%), South Atlantic (-57), Pacific (-54%), South Central (-34%) and East North Central (-27%), presumably yielding more opportunities for golfers to play.

In Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the number of rounds played were up 71% for the month. In Pittsburgh, they jumped over 58% year-over-year and in the New York City area, the rise was just under 50%. In and around the nation’s capital, from Washington D.C. to Baltimore, the increase was 37%. Rounds played rose almost 67% in St. Louis and 58% in Kansas City, while the West Coast saw a 35% increase in the San Francisco/Oakland area and a 22% boost around Seattle.

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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.