Hole-in-One: Golf's Health Benefits May Surprise You

Golf is Best Ball

Who knew golfing could boost brain power, build better balance and burn up to 2,000 calories? We’ve rounded up even more of golf’s lesser-known benefits. 

Golf is often seen as a leisurely activity — less physical than other sports and often played with friends or family — but if you think it’s only about putting and swinging, you may be surprised at the variety of health benefits it has to offer.

Up Your (Golf) Game

Playing 18 holes of golf is not only physically rigorous, requiring strength and endurance, it also builds mental acuity through strategy and concentration. One round of golf lasts between two to four hours and includes walking five to eight miles of undulating terrain. Carry your own clubs and you get the benefit of weight-bearing exercise and burn up to 2,000 calories. Golfers also receive a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun, increasing energy and optimism. And social interactions with fellow golfers promotes well-being and happiness. 

So whether you’re getting ready to play for the first time or you’ve had a long-standing love affair with the sport, take a look at what other health benefits playing golf can do for you. 

Tee it high, let it fly! 

Golf is Best Ball


  1. I was not aware that social interactions while playing golf could lead to positive self-esteem. My husband's birthday is coming and he loves to play golf. Since he is been insisting to come along with to play golf, I believe that planning a golf day with him and his friends will be the perfect gift for him.
  2. Very informative article. My mom is suffering from knee pain. I will suggest her to play golf. After retirement my dad plays golf with his friends. But my mom never tried this. We have the golf alignment sticks at home. I think it will help her to have good posture. Playing golf is also good for vision and heart. After reading all these benefits I also want to start playing golf.
  3. It got me when you said that gold not only decreases stress, it also helps reduce the person's risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. I will mention this to my mom and brother since they are the ones who seldom get themselves involved in an activity. Since the family has a long ongoing risk of developing heart diseases, they need to start exercising. I will suggest golf as I think it is a low-impact sport.
  4. It was really nice how you said that since golf requires a focused mind, it is really helpful to the self-esteem and self-confidence if the person is successful. My sister has been suffering from a low self-esteem, so I think she needs to give this sport a try. After all, I did notice that she has taken an interest in it, I do not see why she should not get herself involved in it. Thank you.
  5. That makes sense that golf increases posture. You need good form in the game. Golf is also a low impact exercise, so it could work well for older persons.