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January 2024 National Rounds Played

January 2024 play got off to a sluggish start on a national level, as colder temperatures than a year ago in northern parts of the country rich in golfers and golf courses led to a nearly 17% year-over-year rounds decline.

There’s volatility when comparing yearly results for an “off-season” month like January, given that weather and seasonality can have such a significant impact on what is a low-volume month for play nationally.

A year ago, January play was up 7% YOY thanks to warmer temperatures and rain instead of snow throughout much of the Northeast, helping kick off what would be a record year for rounds. In 2022, January rounds were down 12% from the year prior. That was in part because January of 2021 saw a major increase over the first month of 2020.

  • January 2024     (-17%)
  • January 2023      (+7%)
  • January 2022     (-12%)
  • January 2021     (+21%)
  • January 2020     (+11%)

This January, chillier temperatures and fewer playable days led to notable YOY declines in the Mid Atlantic (-65%), East North Central (-70%) and West North Central (-71%) regions. In total, January play was down in six of the eight geographic regions, with drops that extended to the South Atlantic (-19%) and South Central (-43%) regions.

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