Have you ever played golf? Golf is a very popular sport worldwide and has gained much attention over the last decade as it has transitioned from an “old man’s” game to one enjoyed by teenagers, young adults, businessmen, and of course, the loveliest of all; women (believe me….it’s so true!).
Not to insult anyone, but let’s be clear about the game. It is a game played on a large outdoor course (translation: a breathtaking display of nature surrounding beautiful finely-mowed fairways). Now, the object of the game is to propel a small hard ball into a series of ‘holes’ with as few strokes as possible, using a variety of clubs. Apparently, this is much harder than it sounds (trust me on this as well).
If you have never played in your life, let’s take a look at what golf can be other than just a game. Golf provides a stimulating (personally, I would use the word “frustrating” but in a positive way if there is such a way) challenge combined with a healthy walk in pleasant (again, breathtaking if you take the time to enjoy it or spend as much time as I do in the woods on the right side of the course) surroundings and can be played by people of all abilities and ages. I choose not to share the “lack” of ability I have been gifted with when it comes to golf.
Golf can be played on your own or a team; you can play against someone else or try to beat your own best score. It can be a casual pastime or a competitive activity or even an addiction (I am still recovering!). The fact is; the game of golf is the third most popular leisure-time activity. Why? Simply, it is a sport and leisure activity that can be enjoyed late into your elderly years.
Playing golf regularly can help you:
- Stay fit
- Improve muscle tone and endurance
- Lose weight and body fat
- Relieve stress
- Enhance your love life (I will get to this later in this story!)
Golf also provides other “healthy factors” that can benefit your life including:
- Be a great way to keep in touch with friends
- A way to explore new communities and towns
- Assist in reducing stress (as a result of the physical activity and also due to the pleasure of walking in an open and pleasant environment)
- Provide opportunities to meet new people
- Connect with yourself and your partner
- Connect with nature
- Help develop a sense of community connectedness
Golf can be good for your health and your heart. An average golf course can provide up to eight (8) miles of walking. If you are someone that wears their pedometer that is over 16,000 steps in one day! That is, of course, you do not ride in a golf cart. Pulling or carrying clubs will also improve fitness (cardiovascular) and muscular strength. So, have you decided to give golf a shot? Consider buying a start set for around $150 or a used set at a local pawn shop. Golf can also be a social sport and a good way to meet or stay in touch with friends.
Golf has a special meaning for me. At age 19, I attended a golf scramble with my parents to help with lunch at the “turn”. The “turn” is at the end of 9 holes before finishing the full 18 holes. At the “turn”, a young lady was on her own because her date, which was to be her golf partner, cancelled. It was recommended that I jump in the cart to hit a few balls and keep her company. That beauty turned out to be my wife. In looking back, it is amazing how random “chance” seems to turn into “fate”.
Take a chance to enjoy all the opportunities life provides…you never know what those opportunities may turn into.
August is National Golf Month….find a friend to take you out and play a round. You will quickly find that “golfers” will take ANY reason, no matter how small, to get back out on the course……and it may just change your life.