With bump from same month last year, 2019 shows slight increase from 2018, Golf Datatech reports
4: Percentage increase in rounds played in the U.S. in October, compared with the same month in 2018, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report compiled by Golf Datatech. With the monthly increase, the rounds played for the first 10 months of the year are up 0.9 percent from the same period in 2018. If the trend were to hold through the end of the year, 2019 would be the first year since 2016 in which rounds played increased from the previous year in the U.S. Rounds played were off 4.8 percent in 2018 from the previous year, and that followed a 2.7-percent annual decline in 2017. Rounds played were up modestly in 2015 and 2016, by 1.8 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively. In the 21st century, rounds played in the U.S. have declined in 14 of the past 19 years, according to Golf Datatech research.