10 Health Benefits of Playing Golf

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Do you know the benefits of playing golf?

Golf is a unique sport, unlike any other out there. The lowest score wins. the ball is motionless when played, and most courses require collared shirt or nice clothes. With all its quirks though, comes a list of benefits of playing golf that other sports cannot provide.


Along with the amount of walking involved, the golf swing in itself is great for providing a full-body workout. Each full swing exercises arms, legs, back and abdomen, with numerous repetitions over the course of a round – approximately 30+ times for accomplished players and many more for novice golfers. Attempting to improve your skills levels by practicing on the range provides great exercise, but a word of warning to beginners – hands blister easily!

A full, 18-hole round of golf involves a walk of around 5-6 miles. Even on a flat course, this equates to expending around 1,500 calories and even more if the course is particularly undulating. The less energetic players, who choose to ride in a golf buggy rather than walking, or wish to play a shortened round of 9-holes, will still expend more calories than a strenuous, lengthy gym workout (and doubtless enjoy it far more!)

Great Mental Exercise

As physical as golf can be, 90% of the game is mental. An 18 hole round is basically one long mental exercise, constantly making you think and forcing you to stay focused on the task at hand. Golf can also help relieve stress, anxiety, and even depression.

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Professional and Personal Networking

The game of golf is filled with friendly, interesting, and successful people. If you show up at a course with less than a foursome, you will often be paired with others. These people already have something in common with you, they also love golf!

Given all of the benefits of golf, the most important people in the world, from leaders of nations to titans of business, play the game.

The better you get and the more you work your way into the golf community, the better chance you’ll have at rubbing shoulders with people who can give you advice in your professional life.

Social Event

As well as being a fiercely competitive sport (assuming you want it to be), playing golf can be a great social activity. Golf clubs used to have a reputation of being the domain of the well-heeled elite. Fortunately, this reputation is well and truly outdated with the game available to players of every class, creed and budget. Modern golf clubs are welcoming to new members, with plenty of experienced players happy to pass on tips and hints to beginners. The golf clubhouse is a wonderful venue for socialising, meeting people with a variety of lifestyles and making new friends.

It’s for All Ages

Golf causes little stress or damage to joints and muscles for the young or the old. This makes it much easier to play throughout your old age, and an elderly person can comfortably play without worry of extreme soreness or injury. You can play at a pace that suits you at a level that suits you. It’s a great time for families to gather.

Low Impact

Golf is a “low-impact” sport. As a result, joints are not subject to the stresses and strains of more energetic activities like tennis and running, which can lead to long-term joint damage. This makes golf an ideal activity for older players, who, perhaps unable to throw rugby balls around as they did in their younger years, can still enjoy this wonderful sporting activity.

Mental Agility

Oneof hte most ignored benefits of playing golf is weighing up the risk / reward elements of a particular shot, totting up scores and the other various facets of the game all aid in keeping the mind sharp.

The older you get the more important it is to work your brain to ensure you stay sharp. Golf is a game of intense strategy which in many ways is more mentally exerting than psychically.

Which club will you use for this stroke? How are you going to read the terrain for your putt?

With all of the questions you’ll have to answer during a game of golf, you’ll find that your brain is thoroughly worked!

Learn Etiquette

Golf is a game of respect. Whether you’re playing or spectating, you’ll need to learn the etiquette of the game in order to be accepted into the community.

The etiquette of golf may seem intimidating at first but is easy to learn and when you do, you’ll find a real sense of community in sharing a code of conduct with golf lovers across the globe.

Appreciate Nature

Perhaps the most beautiful and amazing parts of the the benefits of playing golf is where it takes place. Unlike any other sport, golf requires many acres and miles of land to play, and most courses offer an abundance of trees, animals, and other wildlife to enjoy. Golf courses provide habitats for animals and plant species to thrive, so simply by playing golf you are helping to ensure these wildlife playgrounds remain intact. Learn more about the environmental impact of golf. 

Stress Reduction

There is no shortage of movies and TV shows that show a golfer missing a putt, getting a bogey or knocking their ball into a sand trap which then leads to them throwing their club across the course.

What you’ll find though when you learn how to play golf is that the game gives you much more in the way of reduced stress than increased stress.

Golf focuses your attention on the game and not on all of the other strenuous things that are affecting your life. This focus allows you to relax in a way that’s similar to meditation. We believe though that if you struggle with patience, you should make it a point to take up golf, not avoid it.

Golf can help you find a sense of calm in waiting and will have a profound effect on your patience both on and off the green.

Furthermore, getting outside and exercising can have a profound impact on stress reduction.

Andrew M is standing by! You can contact Granite Springs Golf Club’s General Manager, Andrew, at (902) 852-3419 or andrew.m@gsgolf.ca . If you want to discuss a membership he’s your man. He knows what you want and what to do. The sooner you call, the sooner we can add to our wonderful community.

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