My husband and I recently changed home golf clubs. Our new club is much closer to our home, which has given us an opportunity to get out occasionally and play 9 holes after work. Although we typically take a cart and ride when we play on the weekend, it made sense for me to try and walk the course when we played 9. Truth be told, my husband will, on occasion, walk 9 and even 18, but my first (and only) thought had been to just jump into a cart. I would tell you it’s because of some joint issues, but the truth is, I thought it was too hard/too hot/too long, whatever.
So why the change? Three reasons. First, playing golf is more fun than going to the gym. According to http://www.about.com, you burn 718 calories each 9 holes walking with a pull cart. So if you walk 36 holes a week, you’re supposed to burn close to 2900 calories. I’ll be honest, I don’t burn close to 2900 calories on my treadmill.
Second, if you look online, you’ll find studies that show the walking golfer has a lower average score than the person who rides. We’ll have to see if my experience can support that. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Another little benefit is that It’s much easier to find yardage when you’re walking. So now it’s not as important if my GPS dies on the third hole. (Although I still love my GPS).
And last, but not least, you save the $20+ you would have shelled out for a cart. That’s going to go a long way to buying me new walking shoes, clothes, balls, hats and just about everything else in the pro shop.
Director, Course Rating & Member Services