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Number of rounds played in April soars, report says

Compared with April 2020 as pandemic widened, U.S. golfers play 81.4 percent more rounds in April 2021, Golf Datatech reports

81.4: Percentage increase in rounds played in April compared with the same month in 2020, according to Golf Datatech’s most recent "National Golf Rounds Played Report." The huge jump reflects how depressed the golf economy was just one year ago as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the economy in the U.S. and abroad. The gains hit triple-digit percentages in some areas of the country, regardless of regional weather patterns. Many markets were shut down entirely by state and/or local governments in April 2020, so the massive increases in April 2021 were expected but nonetheless welcomed by an industry on the rebound. The astounding increase follows a 45.3-percent spike in March over the same month one year earlier. Through the first four months of 2021, rounds played across the U.S. were up 43.8 percent compared with the first third of 2020.

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