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Why Is Golf Good For Me

Golf is Good for Fitness

13,000 steps – depending where your ball goes! – can be walked during an 18-hole round. That’s well over the 10,000 recommended daily average. 

Golf is Good for your Mood

Did you know? If you play golf for at least 150 minutes per week you are meeting World Health Organization global exercise guidelines. Golf is so good for you! 

Golf is Good for Co-ordination 

Research indicates that golf requires balance and strong co-ordination skills. The more you practice, the better you can get! It’s an exciting form of balance training that benefits joints, muscles and overall health – without going to the gym!  

Golf is Good for Wellbeing 

Golf, as a physical activity, can help prevent and treat 40 major chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, breast and colon cancer, depression and dementia 

Golf is Good for Strength 

An international research study backed by The R&A found new evidence to suggest golf can provide significant health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance. 

Golf is Good for Socialising

Did you know? 80% of golfers are happier with their social life compared to 60% of the general population – and less likely to be at risk of loneliness. 

Golf is Good for Balance 

Evidence from a Strength and Balance Study, backed by The R&A, suggests golf can improve quality of life through muscle strengthening, improved balance, aerobic exercise (equivalent to gym-based work or yoga) and social interaction. 


Golf is Good for your Heart 

On a regular 18-hole course, most players will walk between four and five miles – burning up to 2,000 calories. 

Golf is Good for your Mind

A lack of social interaction can be addressed by golf participation, a significant protective factor for mental health. Social isolation has been shown to be the biggest health risk factor in a population of older people over a five-year period. 

Golf is Good for Stress 

A Scoping Review highlighted that golf can help reduce the risk of anxiety, depression and dementia, improving an individual’s wellness, self-esteem and self-worth. Conducted at the University of Edinburgh, researchers reviewed 5,000 studies into golf and wellbeing. 

Golf is Good Say Doctors 

Research has shown that, on average, golfers live five years longer than non-golfers. Evidence was published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, which found a 40% reduction in mortality rates among 300,000 members of the Swedish Golf Federation.  

Dr Andrew Murray, a respected medical professional across the golf industry, says walking and playing golf is one of the best things you can do for your health, adding years to life and increasing health and happiness. 

Golf is Good Say Psychologists 

Leading environmental psychologist Professor Jenny Roe from the University of Virginia has highlighted that golf course environments possess many natural features – including water, biodiversity, spatial variety and light patterns – that help reduce stress and induce calm. 

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