Global Edition

July figures show continuing US decline

12.00pm 10th September 2002 - Management Topics

Golf Datatech’s monthly US National Golf Rounds Played Report shows fewer rounds of golf were played in July versus the same month one year ago. On a national level, the number of rounds played declined 3.8%, while year-to-date rounds were down 2.7% compared to the same period last year.

The report is produced in part with the cooperation of the National Golf Course Owners Association. Source NSGA www.nsga.org

According to a study jointly produced by the National Golf Foundation and the National Golf Course Owners Association in 2001 approximately 518 million rounds of golf were played in the United States at regulation facilities.

The NGCOA/NGF rounds played study reports that there was little change seen in rounds played in 2001 (518.1 million) compared to 2000 (518.4 million). Among facilities reporting an increase, nearly half (42%) cited improved weather. Secondary reasons included renovations (9%) and changes to the membership (9%).

Among facilities reporting a decrease in 2001, more than half (52%) blamed the weather. The economy (14%) and the impact of ‘9/11’ (13%) were also cited by facilities for decreased rounds.

The rounds played study, based on responses from more than 2,400 facilities, has a confidence level of +/-2%. It is available without charge on both the NGF web site www.ngf.org and the NGCOA web site www.ngcoa.org

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