U.S. rounds slump for 3rd straight month

Rounds at U.S. golf courses fell sharply in November, dropping 6.7 percent from a year ago.
 
The third consecutive month of decline totaled by the November National Golf Rounds Played report dropped the year-to-date total to 1.6 percent below the 2007 level, assuring that the overall numbers for all of 2008 will show a decline. Traditionally, only a small percentage of the total rounds are compiled in December.   
 
All but one of the seven regions tracked by the report showed a decline in November. Only New England, where rounds grew by just 0.1 percent, had a positive number.
 
Here are the numbers for several major U.S. metropolitan areas.
 
                                            November                       YTD
Washington-Baltimore           -  9.4%                        - 3.9%
Orlando                                 -  3.4%                       +2.6%
Atlanta                                 - 21.1%                        -3.0%
Myrtle Beach                         -  8.1%                        - 7.5%
New York City                        -  8.3%                        - 0.4%
Boston                                   -  3.0%                        +0.4%
Chicago                                  -  6.3%                        - 3.2%
Detroit                                  +10.9%                        - 2.8%
St. Louis                                - 16.2 %                       - 8.9%
Dallas/Ft. Worth                    +  2.3%                        + 8.2%
Los Angeles                           -   1.3%                        + 0.3%
San Diego                             +  2.3%                        + 4.7%
Phoenix                                 -   4.2%                        +0.1%
Las Vegas                              -   9.6%                        - 8.9%
Seattle                                  +10.7%                       + 3.4%
Source: National Golf Rounds Played Report                        

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