Same-store rounds played in the U.S. increased 1.1%, according to the National Golf Foundation. The NGF gathers its information from over 1,300 golf facilities nationwide. Despite the improved performance in May, rounds across the nation were down 1.6% through the first five months of the year, with private clubs faring worse than public courses.
The region with the poorest year-to-date performance was the Southwest (down 7.7%), which includes California, Nevada, and southern Arizona. Better performance overall in May was mainly attributable to strong gains in the Lower Midwest (up 5.6%) and Upper Midwest (up 4.6%) together these regions contain about a third of all U.S. facilities.
Rounds Played, 2005 vs. 2004
Source: NGF/Allied Golf Associations
Public facilities fall into one of three categories based on peak season weekend green fees with cart:
Premium (High) – Above $70
Standard (Middle) – $40-$70
Value (Low) – Below $40