If I were a doctor I would prescribe golf for anyone who needs to get fit or is feeling a bit down and these are the reasons why.

  1. Golf is great for burning calories with an average of 900 being burned during an 18 hole game.
  2. Golf tones and strengthens muscles due to the swinging of clubs, walking an average of 5 to 6 miles and carrying or pulling your golf bag.
  3. Golf is great for the heart as it has a powerful combination of fresh air, stress busting exercise and camaraderie with fellow players. When combined with a healthy diet golf can also reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Doctors recommend doing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise each day which means playing just one round of golf each week would give you the recommended amount of exercise.

4.Socialising is a great way to lift your spirits if you feel a bit down in the dumps and what better way to meet new people than on the golf course. There are many friendships created through golf thanks to the convivial atmosphere the game has and the social life in the clubhouse following your game. Studies show that when we interact with others who enjoy the same things it increases happiness and self esteem which is why golf is good for improving a person’s outlook on life and can help with depression.

5.Golf can help reduce stress levels due to all the physical activity and the pleasure of walking in an open and natural environment.