In a recent issue of the Mississippi Business Journal, the PGA’s PerformanceTrak showed that rounds of golf played nationwide in 2012 were up 6.4 percent over 2011, the largest jump in more than a decade.
Mississippi’s numbers were actually down 13 percent in 2012, but golf entrepreneur Randy Watkins said that his numbers had taken an upswing that was in line with the national data.
Watkins attributed his increase to last year’s mild winter, which allowed golfers to begin their playing year earlier than usual. He also cited an economy that was generally healthier than it had been.
The PGA has released numbers for January 2013, and they tell a different story than the year-end figures. Rounds played for the month were down 12.3 percent. There is a catch, though: days open were down about the same percentage.
The Midwest states had significantly more snow this winter than last. Jackson even had snow that lasted about a half-day, part of an overall weather pattern that had January rounds played in Mississippi down 25 percent. (For comparison, January 2012’s rounds played nationwide were up almost 30 percent over January 2011.) For January, food and beverage revenue was up, while overall revenue was down about 4 percent in 2013 from 2012.
The figures dame from responses from 3,414 golf facilities across the U.S.