Golf Datatech reported that U.S. golf rounds played rose 8.2 percent year-over-year in November, rebounding from a slight decline in October. Rounds were up 7.2 percent year-to-date (YTD), according to the research firm’s National Rounds Played Report for November 2023.

Among regions in the U.S., the gains in November were led by West North Central, up 29.0 percent; followed by South Central, climbing 16.7 percent; Mountain, 15.9 percent; Pacific, 8.2 percent; and South Atlantic, 4.5 percent. Regions that saw a decline included New England, down 15.1 percent and East North Central, sliding 3.5 percent.

Rounds played at public golf courses were up 8.8 percent for November, while private courses were down 0.7 percent.

For the YTD period, the largest gains in regional rounds played were led by the Mid-Atlantic states, up 7.8 percent, followed by East North Central, 6.4 percent. Other regions with increases in the YTD period included West North Central, 5.9 percent; South Central, 4.2 percent; South Atlantic, 3.5 percent; and Mountain, 0.5 percent.

Two regions that declined in rounds played for the YTD period included New England, down 5.2 percent, and the Pacific region, off by 0.8 percent.

Photo courtesy Morro Bay Golf Course