As National Golf Day is fast approaching, it’s probably the time for you to know the reasons why you should play golf. If you have been interested in playing for so long but was having second thought now is the time to power through because as Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is, without a doubt, the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”
Golfers live longer
According to a research conducted by Karolinska Institute in Sweden, regular golfers live, on average, five years longer than non-golfers. The result showed that the death rate for regular golfers is 40 percent lower than for other people of the same sex, age, and socioeconomic status adding 5 years in their life expectancy. You don’t even have to worry about not being sporty or getting hurt because it is a game with low risk for injuries.
Golf keeps you fit and healthy
A round of golf walking burns 1500 calories. 18 holes of golf burn 306 calories per hour if you carry your own clubs, 292 calories per hour if you use a pull-cart bag and 238 calories per hour if you ride in a golf cart. It also tones and strengthens your muscles due to swinging and carrying the golf club. Playing golf improves mental health by increasing your creativity and problem-solving ability, and concentration. And of course, a great stress reliever!
Golf is for everyone
Dismiss the myth that golf is and/or stands for “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden”. See the Top 20 Female Golfers of All Time to prove that men are not the only who can play golf. It appeals to a wide age range and all gender – from kids as early as 4 years old to teenagers to young adult to adults to seniors, male and female. A good family bonding or a company activity or just a plain recreational break makes golf a good excuse to have a good time with your fellas. Beginners, amateurs and professional can also play together. It is a good social activity where you can meet new people and build lasting friendship.
Golf is great for business
Meeting up for tee time can be the perfect place to deal with business meetings, promotions and the likes without the actual stress of working. There are plenty to talk about in between shots or while waiting for turns.
Golf lets you play with nature
The relaxing scenery of everything green – the wide fields of grass, trees, lakes and other forms of water – and peaceful vibe of nature makes you calm, stress-free to enjoy more. You are one with nature, birds and different kinds of animals. Away from the hustle and bustle of the urban grind.
Golf is a lifetime challenge
Golf is a game of a lifetime and the challenges it offers change daily with the course conditions, the wind, and weather. Nobody outgrows golf. You set your own pace and compete against the course and yourself so you keep up your technique and improve as you get older. Your real opponent is the course. Plus, the equipment such as the clubs are used for a long period of time. A very good investment with low need for maintenance and replacements. Once you hit the hole-in-one you’ll be hooked for life.
With all the good reason of playing golf, what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.