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Golf is one of the joys of life – no matter when you start, you can play golf for the rest of your life and you will wonder what you ever did before! It’s even better joining a club;


  • making friends.

 

  • playing friendly golf.

 

  • club competitions and team golf.

 

  • also, in most clubs, the social side is just as important, and an added bonus.

 

 

But why are some clubs more successful than others?


  • Usually because they have great people, both members and staff, and they all work as a team.

 

  • And the best teams are, invariably, headed by a PGA Professional because playing your best golf is the key to a lifetime of pleasure.

 

 


Physical exercise – healthy heart and body!



Playing golf can bring you some very impressive health and well being benefits that can help you look and feel at your best.




 

 

 

This increasingly popular sport is a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.



Feel Healthier

Be more active

Improve your energy levels

Increase confidence

Lose weight

Healthy body and mind

Make new friends

Have lots of fun






1: It gets you active, golf burns at least 1500 calories






Golf burns more calories than you’d think: playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 1500 calories. Golf also combines all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk around five to six miles.









2: It brings people closer together



 


Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have recently moved into a new area or town or are travelling abroad.  Wherever there’s a golf course, a host of rewarding new friendships awaits you. Friendships that are likely to flourish, thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the game itself and the ready-made social life at the clubhouse afterwards. 







3: It helps combat stress





“Golf really ticks all the boxes for things you need for optimal well-being,” says Sports psychologist Charles Mickle “ Golfing offers some important feel-good factors, such as a regular physical activity of the best kind – what is commonly called ‘green exercise’ in the outdoors and the fresh air.”









4: It’s good for your heart




Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes - especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.






Why Is Golf Good For You?





5: It can help you live longer




 
Because of the above points playing golf can increase your life expectancy by up to five years, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. Regular walking, such as the four hours it typically takes to play a round of golf, can also help ward off dementia, this due to the thinking and planning during the round. On a mental note the game calls for lots of strategic thinking, problem solving, creativity, focus and concentration all of which help keep your brain active, to help fight of the ageing process.







 

The greatest physical benefit to playing golf is getting exercise from walking. Walking for 18 holes is often the equivalent of walking up to five or six miles. This gets the golfer's heart going and blood pumping. It is a stimulating if not rigorous activity ( depending on the course). A golfer who plays three or four times a week is getting quite a bit of exercise.





A study by Reebok has shown that a golfer who walks and carries will burn about 1500 calories and do around 10,000 steps. Even if you ride in a cart you will still be burning 675 calories and whether your golf is good or bad you are still getting the benefits of burning those calories. Being in the outdoors helps relieve stress, connect with nature and along with the social aspects there are positive psychological benefits on many levels.




 

Golf is a sport with an overall low risk of injury, However, injuries can still occur. Mostly the injuries we get are elbow, shoulder and wrist injuries and backache. These injuries can nearly always be attributed to overuse, incorrect technique, and aggravation of a previous injury.






For interested individuals with back problems, golf is a fantastic game for you. I personally have coached many beginners who have struggled for years with back problems and have regularly taken prescription medicine for the pain. These individuals have cured themselves of back related pain to to the excellent biomechanics and rotational activities associated with good golfing technique.






Some tips to avoid injuries include:





Warm up and stretch before playing, paying particular attention to your back, shoulders and arms. Include gentle movement and mobility exercises followed by gentle half swings using short irons and balls.




 


Take lessons. Good technique is your best defence against injuries.






 

 

 

Shoulder warm-up



           Put the club behind your shoulders and rotate your upper body as far as you can on one side and then rotate to the other side.




                         This exercise will help increase your rotation, open up your hips and strengthen your legs.




 

Some of our Celebrity Golfers'





Alice Cooper, the shock rock king, picked up golf to help him battle his alcoholism. Instead of 12 steps, he took the 18 holes approach to sobriety. Not only has he remained off the sauce, he is a pretty darn good golfer with a handicap of seven.

 

 

 

 Why Is Golf Good For You?

 

 

 

Michael Jordan was arguably the greatest basketball player ever, but he's also no slouch on the golf course. Handicap 1.2

 

 

 

 Why Is Golf Good For You?

 

 

Bill Murray annually competes in Pro-Am charity events and has an eight handicap.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celine Dion is a golf nut who owns her own golf course, Le Mirage, in Canada. She boasts a handicap of 17. While she has sold more than 200 records worldwide, it is golf that consumes her passion. Her home has a private course and she once jumped into a pond with Karrie Webb at the '00 Kraft Nabisco tournament.

 

 

 

Why Is Golf Good For You?

 

 

 Hugh Grant. The Great British Actor.   Handicap (7)

 

 

 









Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., a.k.a. Snoop Dogg, Charles Barklay, Mark Wahlberg (7), Justin Timberlake (6), Hugh Grant (7), Chris Evans (10),




Jasper Carott, Ron Atkinson, Michael Owen, Len Goodman (8), Rob Brydon, Sir Alex Ferguson, Peter Schmeichel.





 

Here is the complete list of the top 25 female celebrity golfers including their handicaps and their age in bracket:





 

1. Canadian singer Anne Murray, 11 (62)

2. U.S. actress Tea Leoni, 12 (41)

3. Canadian singer Celine Dion, 17 (39)

T-4. British TV personality/model Jodie Kidd, 18 (29)

T-4. U.S. actress Cheryl Ladd, 18 (56)

T-6. U.S. actress/dancer Janet Jones-Gretzky, 20 (46)

T-6. U.S. model Beverly Johnson, 20 (55)

T-6. U.S. actress Salli Richardson, 20 (39)

T-6. Spanish actress/model Ines Sastre, 20 (35)

10. U.S. singer Amy Grant, 22 (46)

T-11. U.S. singer Belinda Carlisle, 23 (49)

T-11. U.S. actress Tanya Roberts, 23 (53)

T-13. U.S. actress Angie Everhart, 24 (38)

T-13. Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 24 (38)

15. British actress Jane Seymour, 25 (56)

16. U.S. designer Vera Wang, 28 (58)

17. U.S. TV personality Mary Hart, 32 (56)

18. British-born actress Catherine Bell, 34 (39)

19. U.S. businesswoman Ivanka Trump, 36 (25)

T-20. U.S. actress Jessica Alba, 40 (26)

T-20. U.S. actress Cameron Diaz, 40 (35)

T-20. U.S. actress Patricia Heaton, 40 (49)

T-20. U.S. model/actress Kathy Ireland, 40 (44)

T-20. U.S. actress Heather Locklear, 40 (46)

T-20. U.S. actress Sharon Stone, 40 (49)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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