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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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Rounds Played

May 2019 National Rounds Played Report

May rounds of golf were down 5.4% from a year ago, affected in large part by increased precipitation in many regions of the U.S. The decline dropped the national, year-to-date total through May to -1.3% compared to 2018.

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April 2019 National Rounds Played Report

Rounds-played were up 6.8% in April compared to a year earlier thanks to warmer temperatures in many northern parts of the country. Through the first four months of 2019, total play is up 1% year-over-year.

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NGF’s Rounds-Played Summary for 2018

The National Rounds Played Summary provides an overview of the total number of rounds of golf played throughout the U.S. in 2018.

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March 2019 National Rounds Played Report

Rounds-played for March were almost unchanged nationally from a year ago, improving the year-to-date total to -2.7% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

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February 2019 National Rounds Played

Rounds-played for February were down 12.1% nationally across the U.S., bringing the national, year-to-date total to -5.3% compared to a year ago.

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January 2019 National Rounds Played

National rounds-played were up 2.8% in January 2019 compared to the same period a year ago. It’s a positive start to the year after 11 of 12 months in 2018 were marked by year-over-year declines in play largely due to an increased incidence in unfavorable weather.

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December 2018 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for December 2018 were down 7.7% nationally compared to the previous December. For the full year, play was down 4.8% overall from 2017.

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Weather to Play

Last year’s weather picture wasn’t a pretty one, particularly for golf. Rounds-played in the U.S. were down, year-over-year, in 11 of 12 months in 2018, affected in large part by colder weather and heavier precipitation than normal during the busiest months for golf.

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November 2018 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for November 2018 dropped 18.8% nationally compared to a year ago as four of eight geographic regions had precipitation levels surge more than 200% during the month compared to last November.

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October 2018 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for October dropped 10.3% compared to a year ago as temperatures dipped in many major golf regions across the country. The national year-to-date total is now -3.9%

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