Golf rounds played in the U.K. were lower in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period in 2016. According to the figures exclusively released by Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS), all regions experienced a decline, leading to an average drop of 11.4 percent. These figures were to be expected though, considering that October and December 2016 were the strongest for rounds played over the last five years. After a relatively strong opening in the first fourth months, the data from May to December were disappointing, bringing to the lowest monthly average rounds in the last five years, SMS said.