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Rounds played jump in May as U.S. gets back on its feet

Despite a 6.2-percent rise compared with the same month in 2019, the number of rounds played year to date is off 8 percent from the same period in 2019, Golf Datatech reports

6.2: Percentage rise in rounds played in May in the U.S. compared with the same month in 2019, according to Golf Datatech’s monthly National Golf Rounds Played Report. Even with the monthly spike as the golf industry started to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation still is running 8 percent behind the year-over-year pace compared with the first five months of 2019. Play was up significantly in May throughout most of the U.S., but a handful of states – notably, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, plus the Carolinas – recorded drops in play. Rounds played on private courses are up 4.4 percent for the first five months of the year, but public-access rounds are down markedly, at 11.4 percent, pulling down the overall 2020 average.

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