April 2018 rounds were down -13.5% compared to a year ago, bringing the national, year-to-date total to -8.9%.
Cooler temperatures appear to have delayed the start of Spring in many parts of the country negatively impacting rounds played, particularly in the North Central, Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
Parts of the South (South Central and South Atlantic regions) were impacted by cooler temperatures as well but not nearly to the degree as the regions in the North. In fact, some states in the South such as Texas and Georgia observed modest increases in rounds for the month, while rounds in Florida held steady compared to a year ago.
The Pacific and Mountain regions continue show positive signs as rounds in both regions are up year-to-date, 11% and 4% respectively.
As the season heads into the peak playing months (May-September), which comprise a much greater percentage (approximately two-thirds) of annual rounds played, industry observers will begin to get a clearer picture of annual rounds performance.