According to a report from Golf Datatech, golf rounds played in the US in September were up 4.1% compared to September 2008 and up 0.5% for the year to date period. Public courses reported rounds-played increases of 4.6% and 0.8% for the month and YTD, respectively. Private courses reported rounds up 2.5% for the month and down 0.7% for the YTD. The findings represent 4,225 courses.
The strongest region was the New England region, which saw September rounds rise 13.5% and YTD rounds increase 1.2%. Mild weather certainly contributed to the increase, as snowy and wintry weather did not move into the area until early October. The East North Central, West North Central, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic reported September rounds increased 10.2%, 6.6%, 4.2% and 2.5%, respectively.
The Pacific, Mountain and South Central reported September rounds were down 2.3%, 1.7% and 0.9%, respectively.