A new report from PGA PerformanceTrak in cooperation with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) indicates that for many golf courses across the country, rounds and revenue are up. The latest from April shows that golf facilities continue to post year over year gains in 2015.
The number of rounds played during April 2015 increased by 5.7% over April 2014 with the number of days open up 5.4%. The growth in monthly rounds and revenues continued its positive impact on year-to-date results through April with rounds played up 4.8% over the same period last year and year-over-year growth in each of the four key revenue indicators. Increases in median revenues through April 2015 ranged from +2.4% for golf fee revenues to +6.2% for food and beverage revenues.
Year-to-date April 2015 rounds played increased in 28 states versus April 2014. The Upper Midwest and Northern Rockies experienced warmer and drier than usual weather the first four months of this year leading to an increase in available play. A majority of the states with declines in play compared to last year were colder and/or wetter than usual. A few states in the Southeast and the Ohio Valley reported increases in rounds played despite wetter than usual conditions this year.
State-by-state results below are for April rounds played and days open for 2015 in comparison to 2014. A total of 32 states reported more play for the month of April 2015 versus 2014. Five states reported increases in rounds played despite fewer days open. Declines in available play were reported in the Northeast due to the colder/wetter weather carryover for a slower start to the season. Other states with declines experienced heavier precipitation this month than normal. Seven states with above average precipitation this April reported increases in rounds played: West Virginia, New Mexico, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.
The featured photo above shows U.S. map of rounds played year-to-date change by state as of April 2015. The grey areas indicate zero rounds played in the current year and prior year. Alaska was the only state with insufficient number of responses to report data.