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Rounds Played

August 2020 National Rounds Played

August rounds were up 20.6% nationally year-over-year, setting a new standard for the biggest increase in a peak season month since Golf Datatech began tracking rounds figures two decades ago.

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Despite Spring Shutdowns, 2020 Rounds Outpacing 2019

After significant jumps in play during the months of June and July, rounds for 2020 are now outpacing the same period from a year ago. 

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July 2020 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf were up almost 20% nationwide in July, helping the industry continue its comeback after losing 20 million spring rounds due to the coronavirus. Entering August, play was up 3% year-over-year.

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June 2020 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf increased by 13.9% nationally in June, a continuation of the recent surge in participation. Through the first six months of 2020, play is now down 1.7% despite the loss of 20 million spring rounds.

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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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