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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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Rounds Played

May 2020 National Rounds Played

Rounds-played were up 6.2% nationally in May, with more than 90% of golf courses having reopened by the second week of the month. Entering June, play is down 8% year-over-year.

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20 Million Lost Rounds?

The coronavirus and associated shutdowns slowed a strong start to the year, resulting in the loss of as many as 20 million spring rounds. Can they be recouped?

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April 2020 National Rounds Played

With more than half of U.S. golf courses shut down for most of April, national rounds played were down 42% during the month compared to a year ago. Through the first four months, play is down 15.6% from the same point in 2019.

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March 2020 National Rounds Played

The coronavirus had its first significant golf facility impact in March 2020, with national rounds played down 8.5% for the month compared to the previous year.

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February 2020 National Rounds Played

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. 

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2020 Rounds Played Report Is Available

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 and free to download for NGF members.

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January 2020 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for January rose 11.1% nationally compared to a year ago, a strong start for 2020 attributable in part to warmer weather around the country.

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December 2019 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for December 2019 rose 8.3% nationally compared to a year ago, putting the year-end rounds played total at +1.5%.

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November 2019 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for November 2019 rose 9.8% nationally compared to a year ago, boosting the year-to-date figure to +1.3%.

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October 2019 National Rounds Played Report

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.

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