A PERSONAL CHALLENGE Initially you will be faced with the challenge of developing a reliable technique for all the basic shots required for play. This challenge becomes increasingly exciting, rewarding and even more fun when you start seeing your success and skill levels increase. Golf continues to provide a never ending challenge especially if you want to compete at a club. With less wear and tear on your body than contact or high impact sports, it is a game you can play and enjoy until you are much older.

A SOCIABLE SPORT Golf is a very sociable sport as there are people around that are keen to join you for a game, plenty of time to chat between shots and in the clubhouse after your round. As there is plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends or grow closer bonds with people you already know. The sport’s unique handicap scoring system means that players of all levels can play together either socially or competitively.

HEALTH BENEFITS Golf can help keep you active, burns 1000 calories each time you play, helps you to stay in shape, lower your cholesterol and help to reduce the risk of heart disease. You can walk around 4 to 5 miles in the average game of golf, burn at least 1000 calories whilst taking more than 10,000 steps. All this means that you will easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy.

MENTAL BENEFITS Golf is also a great way to keep your Vitamin D levels topped up. Crucial for health and wellbeing, vitamin D is manufactured naturally by our body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Exercising outdoors is a scientifically-proven way to help improve your mood, stress levels and self-esteem. Rather than being a chore, golf is fun too – so you will find it easier to make exercise an enjoyable, lifelong habit. It’s a sport with a winning combination of fresh air, stunning natural scenery, friendship and fitness.

LIFESTYLE Golf can open the door to a great lifestyle giving you unique access to beautiful locations and golf clubs – many with restaurants and health clubs as well as the greens. There’s always fun and friendships available through the club and many have shops where you can pick up the latest golfing equipment and fashions.