July rounds totals slightly higher in U.S.

Big gains in play in Texas helped push the July rounds total into positive territory, according to the monthly U.S. National Golf Rounds Played Report.

Houston (39.3 percent), San Antonio (37.1 percent) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (21.2 percent) all enjoyed huge increases in play compared to July 2007 totals. Nationally, rounds for the month rose 0.5 percent.

Two California markets – San Diego (12.3 percent) and Palm Springs (11.0 percent) also had significant increases in the number of rounds played.

Five of the eight regions in the U.S. reported a rise in play, according to the report, led by the South Central region (5.5 percent) and the Pacific region (5.4 percent).

At the other end of the spectrum, play in Hilton Head, S.C., fell by 19.2 percent and Florida markets Naples-Ft. Myers (-9.8 percent) and Tampa (-8.7 percent) also had significant losses in rounds.

Nationally, rounds overall were down 1.5 percent from the first seven months of 2008 compared to the previous year.

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