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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

Rounds Played

Expanding Rounds Played Research

NGF and Golf Datatech heighten efforts to recruit more courses and operators for vital rounds data. See how you can help your industry.

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March 2021 National Rounds Played

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. 

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February Rounds Down; Indicators Still Good

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.

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February 2021 National Rounds Played

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.

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January 2021 National Rounds Played

Golf’s on-course momentum from 2020 carried into 2021, with January rounds up 21% nationwide. 

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December 2020 National Rounds Played

Play in 2020 finishes 14% ahead of 2019 as December rounds see +37% year-over-year jump.

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November 2020 National Rounds Played

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.

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Record-Setting Rounds for 2020? Not Quite

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.

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October 2020 National Rounds Played

October rounds were up 32.2% nationally year-over-year, another record-setting increase for 2020 play.

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After September Surge, Rounds +8.7% Year-to-Date

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.

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