Rounds Down Slightly in July

Same-store rounds played in the U.S. decreased slightly (-0.3%) in July 2005 vs. July 2004, based on data from operators at 1,819 golf facilities. That leaves the year-to-date number 0.9% behind the 2004 pace. Best performing regions in July were the South Central (up 4.1%) and Northeast (up 3.4%). The worst performing region was the Upper Midwest (down 3.6%).

The best performing region year-to-date through July was the Gulf Coast (up 3.9%) but that is sure to change given the destructive path of Hurricane Katrina. The worst performing region year-to-date was the Southwest (down 5.8%), which had monsoon-like rains earlier in the year.

Public facilities fall into one of three categories based on peak season weekend green fees with cart:
Premium (High) - Above $70
Standard (Middle) - $40-$70
Value (Low) - Below $40

The National Golf Foundation, founded in 1936, is the industry leader in providing accurate information and insights on the business of golf. Based in Jupiter, Fla., the NGF serves many constituencies in the golf industry including equipment manufacturers; builders and developers; facilities and ranges; course architects; retailers; turf maintenance suppliers; golf associations and the media.

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