The Golf Datatech National Golf Rounds Played Report showed that in January, golf rounds played varied vastly between regions, with participation in the East North Central, New England, Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions decreasing and participation drastically increasing in the Pacific, Mountain, West North Central and South Central regions. According to the report, national golf rounds played in the U.S. were up 8.6% in January 2009 vs. January 2008, bringing the year-to-date total to an increase of 8.6% from last year’s overall results.

The New England region reported the largest decline in rounds played with a 95.9% drop from last year’s January rounds, while the West North Central region saw a whopping 78.7% increase in rounds played.
Other results included: Pacific (+27.1%), Mountain (+11.3%), East North Central (-50.3%), Mid-Atlantic (-69.9%), South Atlantic (-4.2%) and South Central (+23.1%).