The Benefits of Golf

Jackson Cummiskey
3 min readJul 17, 2023
Jackson Cummiskey is currently a student of finance at the University of Georgia

Golf is a popular game in the United States with high participation rates. In 2022, over 26 million Americans, 8 percent of the population, played golf on courses. The number of beginners is also rising, with the US golfing industry recording more than two million new golfers yearly.

The introduction of off-course golf has been essential in attracting beginners. To those who wish to learn the game before playing on a course, the industry provides the golfing experience with indoor simulators and driving ranges. In 2022, over 15 million Americans engaged in these off-course resources, driving the total number of golfers to 41 million.

The health, social, and economic benefits contribute to golf’s high participation rates. Regular golfing can improve cardiovascular health. Golfers usually pull carts and swing clubs, walking over 12,000 steps on courses. These physical activities promote blood flow to the heart, reducing the risk of cardiac disease.

Frequent golfing also improves blood flow to the brain. Participants’ experience enhanced nerve cell connections, which reduces the chance of developing brain conditions such as dementia.

By regularly engaging in the game, golfers can manage their body weight. In a standard game, golfers can burn over 1,000 calories, making the activity an enjoyable way to lose weight and maintain fitness without going to a gym.

Frequent golfing also may improve moods. Participants interact with nature outdoors in the sunshine, which stimulates the release of endorphins, the hormone responsible for creating pleasure, relieving pain, and alleviating stress.

Frequent golfing lengthens the life span. Experts say that golfers, despite their age, race, and socioeconomic status, have a 40-percent lower mortality than people who do not play golf and may live five years longer.

Golfers also experience improvements in memory and concentration. Players must apply creativity, focus, and accuracy as they attempt to hit nine or 18 holes with the fewest strokes. In the long term, golfers improve their hand-eye coordination and muscle memory, helping them tackle cognitive-intensive activities such as problem-solving.

Golf also helps players maintain health in old age. As the body ages, lifting weights, going to the gym, and engaging in intense workouts may become too challenging. Golf helps seniors improve flexibility and stability by engaging their core muscles and upper bodies with few injury risks.

Golfing helps create and maintain friendships. The game enables people with similar interests to meet and interact and friends to catch up. The amenities at golf courses, which may include spas and bars, facilitate these engagements. The absence of age limits for golf means everyone can enjoy a sense of belonging. Golfers can maintain their relationships off-course and expand their business networks.

The golf industry contributes to the economy by creating jobs. Trainers, maintenance staff, housekeeping personnel, managers, caddies, valets, and office employees earn their living from the golf industry. As of 2023, the golf industry employed over 296,000 people, and experts expect this number to rise with its growing popularity.

Golf also positively influences the real estate industry. Golf courses require large spaces, so land owners set them up in moderately populated areas. Golf courses then attract social amenities, such as parking, hotels, and luxury homes. In the long run, golf courses drive up the demand and price of surrounding property.

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Jackson Cummiskey
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Jackson Cummiskey is a finance student at the University of Georgia in Athens. He began the bachelor of business administration.