The question for April 2021 wasn’t whether rounds played would be up, it was how much after more than half of the nation’s courses were temporarily closed a year ago due to the coronavirus.
The results are in and the jump was significant, as expected, with year-over-year rounds up 81.4% nationwide for April. That pushed the year-to-date total to +43.8% entering May.
The gains were evident across the country, including a YOY gain of almost 329% in the Mid-Atlantic, which is home to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.
The Pacific region (California, Oregon and Washington) saw a +198% lift, while the East North Central (home to golf-rich states like Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana) was up 160% for the month of April.
Six of the eight regions, including all those with northern states, were also buoyed by warmer than average temperatures.