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Number of U.S. rounds played rises again

U.S. courses post a 19.1-percent jump in rounds played in February compared with the same month in 2019, extending a winning streak for participation, Golf Datatech reports

19.1: Percentage increase in rounds played in February in the U.S., compared with the same month last year, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. The jump was marked by mild winter weather across much of the nation’s northern tier, plus lower precipitation everywhere except for the South Atlantic region. The February gains followed an 11.1-percent spike in January from the same month in 2019, leading to a strong start to 2020, with rounds played up 15.2 percent for the first two months of the year. For all of 2019, Golf Datatech reported a 1.5 percent annual increase, the first year-over-year rise in rounds played since 2016. Of course, the recent report does not reflect the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on U.S. golf, which will be included in the March report next month.

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