For first time since 2012, golf rounds played are up in the United States

March 04, 2016
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After a lull in participation, it appears the golf industry is heading in the right direction.

According to the National Golf Foundation, which analyzes data and reports across the sport, rounds played in the United States are up for the first time since 2012.

The spike is attributed to a warm winter in the Midwest and Northeast, as rounds played in October to December were up 12 percent. On the year, rounds played were 1.8 percent better than 2014.

It wasn't all good news. Despite an East Coast boom, the 2016 numbers are off to a slow start due to unfavorable weather in California, Florida and the Carolinas.