Latest rounds-played report offers mixed news

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Rounds play in July nationwide were up at public courses, but down at private facilities.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | 8:40 p.m.

There’s good news and not-as-good news in the July edition of the National Golf Rounds Played Report of golf activity across the country.

Rounds played for the first seven months of 2012 are up 9.2 percent compared with the same period last year. However, the rounds-played number for the month of July was down by 0.5 percent from July 2011.

Interesting, rounds play in July at private clubs was down by 5.7 percent, while play at public facilities saw a 0.8 percent increase. Through the first seven months of 2012, public courses have seen their golf activitiy rise by 10.5 percent, while play at private facilities is up only 4.8 percent.

The National Golf Rounds Played Report contains information frtom 3,820 courses nationwide, and is published by the Golf Datatech LLC research firm in conjunction with the PGA of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and the National Golf Foundation.

For July, golf activity was strongest in the East North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin), which was up 1.4 percent and is up 20.1 percent for the year. Next strongest was the Pacific region (California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington), which was up 0.9 percent for July and is ahead 5.0 percent for the year.

In third is the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah), which was up 0.5 percent for July and is ahead 8.9 percent for the year to date. Also in positive territory for July was the Mid Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania), which was up 0.2 percent and is up 12.9 percent for the year.

Performing the worst in July was the South Central (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas), which was down 3.2 percent but is up 5.8 percent for the year. Tellingly, the report said, precipitation for that region was up 87 percent over the same period last year. Meanwhile, the South Atlantic (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia) was down 2.9 percent for July but is up 3.5 percent for the year. Its precipitation report was 39 percent higher than in July of 2011.

Also down for July but not as bad was New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont), which was down 1.1 percent but is up 5.6 percent for the year; and the West North Central region (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri), which was down 1.0 percent in July but is up 15.3 percent for the year.