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U.S. extends streak of more golf rounds played

American courses post 56.6-percent gain in November compared with the same month in 2019, boosting 2020 to 13.1-percent rise

56.6: Percentage increase in rounds played in November, compared with the same month in 2019, according to Golf Datatech’s National Rounds Played Report that was released recently. The monthly surge boosts the year-to-date total to a 13-percent increase in rounds played for 2020 compared with the first 11 months of 2019. The complete 2020 data are expected to be released by the end of this month. The November increase extends the double-digit increase to seven consecutive months, triggered by the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. Mild weather across much of the nation contributed to the surge in rounds played in November, Golf Datatech reported. Every state except Florida, Hawaii and New Mexico showed an increase in November. Florida was hit by Hurricane Eta in early November, Hawaii continues to endure travel restrictions and New Mexico was under a statewide order to close all non-essential businesses, including golf courses, for the last two weeks of the month.

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