Teeing Up Wellness: 5 Surprising Health Perks of Golf

Why are we writing about golf on a day like this when it’s half-snowing, gray, and drab out? 

To give you something to look forward to! 

Golf often conjures images of leisurely days spent on manicured greens under the sun. However, this beloved sport offers more than just a chance to show off your latest clubs and golf cart-handling abilities. 

It’s also a surprisingly effective way to enhance your physical and mental well-being. Here’s a look at five health benefits of playing golf.

1. Heart Health Booster

Golf is a fantastic cardiovascular workout. For real. 

Walking the course, carrying your bag, swinging, and even retrieving your ball can get your heart rate up, promoting better blood circulation (I’m out of breath just writing this). 

In addition, this physical activity can strengthen your heart muscle, reducing the risk of heart-related diseases and lowering harmful cholesterol levels. 

2. Brain Stimulator

Golf is good for the brain

Golfers often use strategic thinking, problem-solving, and concentration during their game. It’s like AP Calculus but fun and with a snack cart. 

This mental engagement stimulates brain function, which can help improve neural connections and delay cognitive decline. The concentration required on the course also increases mental alertness and can improve hand-eye coordination. 

Hello 36 holes! 

3. Stress Reliever

Spending time outside in nature (very man-made nature, but still…) can reduce stress levels, and the tranquil setting of a golf course can provide a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

The game also encourages social interaction, which is always healthy. Playing a round with friends can offer much-needed relaxation and a break from daily stressors—as long as you’re with the friends who don’t annoy you. 

4. Improved Sleep Quality

The physical activity involved in golfing tires you out, allowing for more restful sleep

I can make a joke here about how non-golfers can easily fall asleep by watching golf…and it looks like I did make a joke. Ha. Ha. 

Back to the health benefits. Walking in the fresh air and sunshine also helps regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, which can improve overall sleep patterns.

5. Low-Risk for Injury

Listen, you can get injured doing anything, like sneezing. But as sports go, golf is a low-impact activity, which means it’s gentle on the joints and muscles. 

This makes it an ideal sport for people of all ages, particularly older adults who might be unable to engage in high-impact sports. The risk of injury in golf is much lower compared to other sports, making it a safe option for regular physical activity.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, the health benefits of golf are compelling reasons to hit the greens. 


Guess what? We have a gift basket for golfers! What a coincidence!!

Our 19th Hole is built in a wire golf range basket with these goodies: golf ball and tee set; pretzels; dipping mustard; nuts; cookies; and wasabi peas. 

Start the countdown now until golf season!

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