Americans played more golf in May


Americans played more golf in May, according to a monthly report assembled by the PGA of America, the National Golf Course Owners Association and golf business metrics company, Golf Datatech.
Nationwide, rounds at the 4,410 courses sampled were up 0.9 percent compared to May 2008; year-to-date, rounds are up 1.6 percent. Improving weather in the north helped boost regional results: West North Central (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri) had 8.1 percent more rounds than a year earlier; year-to-date the region is up 16 percent. The Mountain zone (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana) rose 4.6 percent versus May 2008, but rounds there have risen just 0.2 percent year-to-date.
Not so lucky was the South Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. May rounds there were down 7.4 percent compared to May 2008, and they are down 5 percent for the year so far.