Golf and health

Golf is good for your health and happiness – and what’s more, it could save millions of pounds for local authorities.

That’s the good news from an investigation carried out by England Golf, Mytime Active and ukactive.

We wanted to learn about the impact of playing golf on health and wellbeing.

To find out, we surveyed over 3200 golfers at 12 Mytime Active courses. Most of them had been taking less than the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week.

From what they tell us it seems:

  • Golf is attracting significant numbers of people who haven’t been getting enough exercise
  • Once they get into golf, they’re likely to keep playing and improving their fitness.
  • The more people play the happier they’ll be. Golfers who took most activity scored well above the national average for their mental wellbeing.

As a result, golf is thought to be saving local authorities in the survey area a total of £3.4m a year in health costs. Savings could be even bigger if the golfers who play the least continue their participation and become more active.

The findings will be used to investigate the possibility of making golf available on referral by GPs. It will also help to find other ways to encourage inactive golfers to play more and to generally promote the health benefits of the game.

To find out more download the survey results below.