Anecdotal reports and initial data regarding June play continue to be very positive. In talking with operators, engagement has been strong — full tee sheets, lapsed golfers making their return, more families and new faces out on the golf course, etc.
Sagacity Golf shared some new rounds data showing significant June and year-to-date gains in golf markets that never completely closed, like Orlando and Phoenix.
On the other hand, markets that were completely shut down, like San Francisco and Palm Springs, remain behind (or even well behind) in their year-over-year positions.
The industry is seeking to offset the loss of 20 million rounds in March and April due to coronavirus-related shutdowns and anxiety. May, June, July and August are a crucial time, as nearly half of annual rounds in the U.S. are played during that four-month stretch. Play was up more than 6% nationally in May and Golf Datatech’s rounds report for June won’t be available until the end of July.
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