Golf is a game for all…
There’s no better sport for bringing people together and, with its winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction, golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.
Golf is a great game whatever your age, background or ability. “Golf is about as adaptable a sport as you can get,” said Bob Buck, Executive Director of the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. “Just about anyone, regardless of ability level, can grab a set of golf clubs, head outside, and in no time be hitting golf balls where no one will ever find them again.”
As well as having fun in the fresh air, playing golf also brings some impressive health and wellbeing benefits that can help you look and feel at your best.
“Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing,” says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk . “It offers some important feel-good factors, such as an active social life and regular physical activity of the best kind – what we call ‘green exercise’ outside in nature.”
The combination of fresh air, green space and social interaction can keep you calm and boost wellbeing. As well as easing existing anxiety a study from the University of Maryland found it may also help you deal better with any future stress you encounter.
And, with plenty of time for conversation, golf is the perfect way to make new friends, especially if you have recently moved into a new area or have had a life style change. Wherever there’s a golf course, a host of rewarding new friendships awaits you. Friendships that are likely to flourish, thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the game itself and the ready-made social life at the clubhouse.
It’s never been easier to get started. The Get into golf programme offers low cost taster sessions and beginner courses across the country throughout the year.
You’ll receive a basic introduction to golf from PGA professionals, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities. Equipment will be provided so all you have to do is turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.
To find an activity near you go to getintintogolf.org/map
For more information or how to get involved contact Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Officer.