Keeping Score

Rounds played in U.S. slide 8.5 percent in March

Coronavirus pandemic shuts down large sections of the golf economy, ending a recent winning streak for the industry, Golf Datatech reports

8.5: Percentage decline in U.S. rounds played in March compared with the same month a year ago, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report, which was released late Wednesday. The decline, attributed to the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on golf operations across much of the country, followed two consecutive months of double-digit gains in 2020 and a slight uptick in 2019. Much of the Pacific Coast and southeast Florida were shut down in March, leading to big declines in those golf-rich areas. However, certain sections of the country, such as the Midwest and Northeast, benefitted from warmer weather to post significant gains. Despite the big national decline in March, the year-to-date number of rounds played still is 3.8 percent higher than for the first three months of 2019.

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