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Number of U.S. rounds played jumps 32.2 percent in October

Monthly rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic boosts the annual increase to 10.8 percent, compared with the same period in 2019

32.2: Percentage increase in rounds played in the U.S. in October, compared with the same month a year earlier, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. The October bump continues an upward trend during the COVID-19 pandemic and boosts the year-to-date increase in rounds played to 10.8 percent compared with the first 10 months of 2019. Double-digit increases were reported across the country, much of which enjoyed a drier month and more seasonal golf weather. The northern tier of the country posted the sharpest gains in October. Only Hawaii, which is heavily dependent upon tourism, reported a decline in rounds played in October. Since Golf Datatech started tracking rounds played in 1999, no double-digit annual gain has been recorded. And in those 21 years, year-over-year gains were posted only six times: 0.4 percent in 2005, 0.7 percent in 2006, 5.7 percent in 2012, 1.8 percent in 2015, 0.6 percent in 2016 and 1.5 percent in 2019.

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