The NGF’s 2020 Rounds Played Summary, which provides a contextual overview of the 441 million rounds of golf played throughout the U.S. in 2019, is now available.
The summary, which sources information from the National Rounds Played Coalition, including Golf Datatech and WeatherTrends, offers comparisons to recent years, the total volume of rounds played by various geographic regions, and identifies which areas were most affected by poor weather conditions.
For a game like golf, the No. 1 pay-to-play outdoor participation sport, weather has an acute impact.
Weather factors typically account for annual fluctuation of between 2% and 3% in the number of green-grass rounds. But the rainfall has been particularly atypical in many U.S. regions over the past two years, with near record-setting precipitation totals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noted that 2019 was the second-wettest year in the continental U.S. dating back to 1895. The nationally averaged precipitation level was just 0.18 inches shy of the all-time high.
The 2020 Rounds Played Summary also features the year-over-year percentage change in rounds for major U.S. cities over the past five years.
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