The 5 Benefits of Playing Golf
“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots. You get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.”
Golf traces back to 100 BC, when the Romans played paganica, in which players used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. The actual game of golf itself originates from the outskirts of Edinburgh, where players would attempt to hit a pebble over sand dunes and around tracks using a bent club. The nation’s enthusiastic pursuit of golf led citizens to neglect their military training. The consequences were so bad that the Scottish Parliament of King James II banned the sport in 1457. Despite people ignoring the ban, it was only in 1502 that the game obtained Parliamentary approval when King James IV of Scotland became the world’s first golfing monarch.
To this date, golf is one of the oldest and most enjoyed games around. Golf is a sport for everyone; you get to spend a day with friends, feel the sunshine on your face all whilst you complete a challenge. In the UK, golf is one of the more popular sports to play. In all of Europe, England has the highest number of registered golf courses with a total of 2,500 followed by Germany with just 727.
With regards to the number of registered golf players, England is also ahead of Europe, with over 2 million people in England playing golf at least twice a month.
If you are reading and you are still unsure about wanting to play golf, we have gathered our top five reasons everyone should grab a set of golf clubs and come and play at Ardencote’s 18-hole course. There truly is something for everyone when it comes to playing golf, so find out how this fantastic sport can benefit you.
1. A Great Form of Exercise
First and foremost, golf is an amazing way to workout. If you decide to ditch the golf buggy, you will do a lot of walking around the course. A round of golf walking burns 1500 calories and so it will definitely help keep your weight down. So, no matter how badly you play at first, you will still win.
Fun fact – A Swedish study has revealed that golfers live five years longer than those who do not play golf.
2. Quality time in the great Outdoors
Research shows that spending time outside can function as a natural medicine for the human race. It can help improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Although the working world makes it difficult for you to spend lots of time outdoors, a guaranteed game of golf in the English countryside will have a positive impact on your health.
90% of people experience increased energy just by participating in outdoor activities.
Other benefits include:
- Increased happiness
- Improved memory
- Lower stress levels
- Reduced inflammation
- Boosts creative thinking
3. The ability to make new friends
Playing golf with people you know well is an excellent bonding exercising, however, one of the major benefits of playing golf is that you can meet new people whilst you practice a sport. The best way to do so is head to the golf course alone. Let the Leisure Club know that you are willing to join others and they will be happy to help you join with willing groups. After the game, you may even celebrate with a new friend or two at our Brasserie Bar.
4. Provides you with a personal challenge
Unlike most other sports, golf is definitely a personal game. On most occasions, although you are playing against an opponent you will always be playing against yourself to try and beat your own previous record. The fantastic part is that there will always be something you can do to improve your skills, so you will always be learning. As you improve, you can set yourself new goals.
5. Better Business Relationships
Everybody knows that golf is a game played by many businessmen. This offers no surprise because as you have seen, it is a great way to exercise and it allows people to escape the office for a little while. There are a number of ways to improve your business relationships. The first is to take your colleagues or bosses out for a round of golf. You can enjoy each other’s company, get to know each other a little better and you can talk strategy. If you are keen to make new business relationships, be keen to make new friends on the course, you may end up networking with other businessmen that may prove useful to you.
Do you need a place to play golf?
Now you have your five reasons to play golf, if you are looking for a place to play – the Ardencote has you covered. Our Golf Course proves a great test for all skill levels, regardless of your experience. We will provide you with a range of beautiful views to get you through your round. The par measures at just 5,000 yards, meaning distance is not required to succeed around this course.
- 18-hole golf course
- 67 par, 5045 yard Parkland
Our course has been designed to The United States Golf Association Standards, the manicured fairways and the pristine first-cut, rough enabling a 4 ball to comfortably complete the course in 3.5 hours, leaving you plenty of time to have a drink or meal in the Brasserie afterwards.
Our Golf Course is located just 10 minutes from the M40 and less than 7 miles from Warwick Castle.
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