Rounds played in the U.S. jump by more than 20 percent in August compared with the same month in 2019, continuing a surge in participation that has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic
20.6: Percentage increase in rounds played in the U.S. in August compared with the same month in 2019, Golf Datatech reported Thursday in its monthly "National Rounds Played Report," continuing a trend that accelerated in recent months during the coronavirus pandemic. Rounds played jumped by double digits in most areas of the country, and in the south-central U.S. by more than a third. The monthly spike boosted the year-to-date total to a 6.2-percent increase compared with the first eight months of 2019. Last month, Golf Datatech reported a similar monthly spike with the July numbers. The August increase was similar among public-access and private courses, at 20.4 percent and 21.3 percent, respectively. Private courses led the surge for the first eight months of 2020, with a 13.1 percent increase compared with the same period last year. Play at public-access courses is up 4.5 percent for the year.
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