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Numbers for golf were down in July, while most other tourism indicators were up. (CBC)

Officials with Golf PEI say wet weather was at least partially to blame for a seven per cent drop in non-member rounds played this July compared to last July.

Executive director Mark McLane said July 2012 was exceptionally dry, but not this year.

"There has been more rainy days. So a couple of rainy Saturdays can have an adverse affect on some of our numbers for our members," said McLane.

"They are small marginal decreases in some of the number of rounds, but again weather is such an important part of our industry. And last summer, as everybody remembers, I don't think we had a drop of rain for almost six weeks straight. So that certainly increases the number of rounds significantly at all our member courses."

There were three days in July 2013 where more than five mm of rain fell, with one of those being a Sunday. In July 2012 there were two, both of those weekdays.

McLane said the new Cabot Links golf course in Cape Breton may be having an impact as well. But he thinks in the long run that course will eventually bring new golfers from the northeastern United States to the entire region, including P.E.I.

Golf PEI represents 16 courses on PEI, including the provincially owned ones.