National rounds played jumped more than 19% in February compared to a year ago, with play up significantly in seven of eight regions for the month before the coronavirus outbreak resulted in the temporary suspension of golf operations at a growing number of U.S. golf facilities in March.
Rounds of golf played in October 2019 were up 4% compared to a year ago, buoyed by significant increases in golf-rich states such as Ohio, Michigan, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As 2019 draws to a close, the national rounds-played total is up 0.9% year-over-year.
Rounds of golf for September 2019 were up 4.7% compared to a year ago thanks to increases in play throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Through the first three-quarters of the year, the national rounds-played total is now up a modest 0.6% year-over-year.
Rounds of golf for August 2019 were up 3.5% compared to the same period last year, an increase attributable in part to more favorable weather conditions than a year ago. While the August increase brought the year-to-date rounds-played total up, it’s now flat compared to the first three quarters of 2018, which overall was a down year.
Total rounds played in June 2019 were unchanged from a year ago, though play was actually up in six of the eight geographic regions nationwide. The national year-to-date total actually improved slightly and is down -1% at the midpoint of the calendar year.