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Coronavirus crimps April rounds in U.S., report finds

Golf Datatech’s monthly report details 42.2-percent decline in rounds played as pandemic limits course openings

42.2: Percentage decline in rounds played in April, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report, as course closures related to the coronavirus pandemic stunted the usual start to the spring golf season in the northern regions of the U.S. The season had gotten off to a strong start in the first two months of the year, compared with the same months in 2019, following a year of modest growth in rounds played. However, as the pandemic began to sweep across the nation in March, leading to broader shutdowns in April, the number of rounds played in the U.S. plunged. No region was unaffected by the downturn in April. Play at public-access courses was off 47.9 percent and is down 19.4 percent for the first four months of the year. At private courses, the news was slightly better but still sobering: off 20.6 percent in April but down only 2.2 percent year to date. For the first four months of the year, rounds played overall are down 15.6 percent compared with the same time period in 2019.

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