Printed on: February 18, 2013

Idaho golf industry shows uptick in 2012

BOISE (AP) - Idaho golf industry officials say the combination of favorable weather and an improved economy led to an upswing in play at courses across the state in 2012.

Figures show golfers played 4 percent more rounds last year than 2011. Data from PGA PerformanceTrak also shows golf fee revenue increased 12.8 percent last year.

BanBury Golf Course pro Ben Bryson in Boise says weather may have been the biggest factor in the turnaround. Bryson told the Idaho Business Review terrible spring weather conditions in 2011 were a big reason golfers stayed at home.

Despite the uptick in 2012, Idaho golf courses ended the year with a slow December. During the month, rounds played declined 10 percent compared to the same period in 2011 - in part because of wet conditions.