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National rounds played for March 2021 were up an estimated 45% over the same period a year ago, when the coronavirus first started impacting golf operations throughout the U.S.
February’s decline in play was the first notable year-over-year drop in rounds (outside of last year’s course-shutdown period) since May of 2019.
February rounds were down 4.7% nationwide compared to a year ago, when play for the month had been up 19% before the pandemic hit the U.S.
Golf’s on-course momentum from 2020 carried into 2021, with January rounds up 21% nationwide.
Play in 2020 finishes 14% ahead of 2019 as December rounds see +37% year-over-year jump.
November rounds of golf were up almost 57% nationally over a year ago, continuing an upward trend since coronavirus restrictions on golf operations were lifted.
The U.S. is on pace for 50 million more rounds in 2020 than 2019. Amazing, yes. Record setting? Not quite. Here’s the only year that saw a bigger jump in play.
October rounds were up 32.2% nationally year-over-year, another record-setting increase for 2020 play.
September saw the biggest monthly jump in rounds all year, up almost 26% versus a year ago, moving the industry to +9% nationally over a year ago.