The relationships between golf and health, with multifunctional golf facilities thrown in just for fun
08 October 2016
Golf and health
Yesterday I saw the new paper by Murray et al. in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on The relationships between golf and health: a scoping review. The reviewers identified 301 studies on this topic that met their search criteria, and then they summarized the results in terms of:
- golf and physical activity
- golf and longevity
- golf and physical health
- cardiovascular system
- respiratory system
- metabolic health
- cancer risk
- musculoskeletal health
- golf and injury
- golf and mental health/wellness
- mental health
- mental wellness
It's a comprehensive review, and if you are interested in this topic, I suggest you read the paper. From the golf and physical activity section, here's the calorie burn and walking distance:
Studies assessing calorie expenditure during golf typically classify golf as a moderate intensity physical activity with energy expenditure of 3.3—8.15 kcal/min, 264—450 kcal/hour, and a total energy expenditure of 531—2467 kcal/18 holes. Golfers walking 18 holes take between 11,245 and 16,667 steps, walking 4—8 miles, while those playing and riding a golf cart accrue 6280 steps or just under 4 miles.
This ties in well with something I've written about before, which is golf and health and multifunctional facilities. In the words of Don Mahaffey, "golf is good for you" but this aspect of golf is often overlooked.
See these posts for more from Don Mahaffey, and from info about STERF's research into multifunctional golf facilities:
- "One aspect of golf that we never promote is the health aspect"
- On multifunctional golf facilities, the environment, and health
A few examples of multifunctional facilities
Weddings and banquets, of course, are common at many facilities. This is a chapel at Club de Golf Escorpión in Valencia.
Use of a practice tee for sports training, at Escorpión.
A football field at El Saler, just to the right of the 8th and 9th holes. This has been used by the Spanish national team and by Valencia CF, among many others.
Birdwatching is a common activity at El Saler, and this sign near the clubhouse shows many of the species one can find in this area.
Many golf facilities have trees or hedges with fruits or nuts. At Golf Costa Brava, the cork oaks are harvested.
Walking, hiking, or biking the Cami Ral will take one right through PGA Catalunya.
Hiking paths at Domaine de Falgos in the Pyrénées start at the golf clubhouse.
The driving range fairway at Domaine de Falgos doubles as a rugby field.