Looking for a little good news about the golf industry? The number of rounds played is continuing a slow but steady climb.
The most recent national report of rounds played issued by the National Golf Foundation, Golf Datatech and Weather Trends International indicated that the number of rounds played in November 2012 was up 2.6 percent vs. November 2011. Year to date, rounds played are up 6.1 percent when compared to 2011.
Regionally, the largest increases in play occured in the West North Central (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota), where rounds surged 26.7 percent when compared to November 2011. The Mountain region (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico) was up 20.5 precent, while the South Central region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky) was up 14.6 percent.
On the flip side, rounds played along the Eastern Seabord were down dramatically vs. 2011. the Mid Atlantic region (New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey) were down 30.8 percent, and the New England region (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) were off 17.9 percent.