The National Golf Course Owners Association Canada has released its “Rounds Played and Weather Reports” as of July 1, and results show that nationally, rounds played are up 19 per cent over last year and 10 per cent above the three-year average.
The year-over-year numbers at the end of June are especially strong in Western Canada, with Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba showing rounds played over 20 per cent above the three-year year average, followed by British Columbia, which is up 8 per cent.
Ontario and Quebec rounds were down slightly in June compared to last year, reducing their year-to-date success from earlier in the season, but still positive overall.
Atlantic Canada continues to lag as they struggle to recover from the late spring and challenging turf conditions after a harsh winter.
Of the 49 major regional markets surveyed, only 14 are showing a decline in total rounds to date when compared to the three-year average and only 12 are down compared to the 2014 golf season.
“Nationally, the month of June wasn’t quite as strong as the early season results, but still up 3.8 per cent over June 2014 and 2.6 per cent over the three-year average”, said NGCOA Canada CEO Jeff Calderwood.
“That’s still great news for the Canadian golf industry, while the year-to-date results remain stronger all the way from B.C. right through Quebec.”
The accompanying Weather Score, measuring the impact of local weather on each participating golf course, continued to correlate closely with the regional success stories.
Throughout Western Canada, most golf courses reported significantly better than average golf weather. The rest of the country reported golf weather impact that was relatively average for the month of June.
The NGCOA Canada Rounds Played and Weather Reports are derived from monthly surveys of golf course data throughout Canada, segmented into national, provincial and regional reports.
Each monthly report tracks the month-to-date and year-to-date for the current year and the three-year average. Those statistics are presented in actual rounds played and the percentage change.
The regional reports are sent to each participating golf course with custom data to compare their own Rounds Played Report with the group data of golf courses in their local competitive market.
The national and provincial reports are published by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada for industry-wide use.
More golf courses are encouraged to participate so that the growing sample size can be further segmented into more detailed reporting.