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Playing overseas is such a joy for so many reasons, chief among them is walking the golf course.
I seem to play better when I’m walking. Maybe it’s because I’m more engaged physically. I’m literally chasing my ball down, one shot at a time. If I hit a bad one, I know I’m penalized with a long crooked walk. Maybe it’s because I’m more focused. There’s no down time. You walk, you hit, you walk again.
GolfNow.com is among the many organizations promoting the walking game. Check out the Web site here and here. There are hundreds of courses bookable within the GolfNow.com network worthy of a stroll. Walking actually speeds up the game. And it’s great exercise.
The World Golf Foundation and Golf 20/20 commissioned The Walker Research Group to identify and report on the health and wellness benefits of golf participation. According to the research, a round of golf can burn between 1,300 and 2,000 calories and has a similar bio-mechanic effect as a 3.5- to 4-mile run.
With May recognized as National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, The PGA of America is encouraging golfers to get out of the cart. In addition to burning calories, golfers who walk 18 holes will take more than the daily-recommended 10,000 steps and potentially reduce blood-glucose levels by 10 to 30 percent depending on age.
One point to note: Walking doesn’t have to mean carrying your bag (like the photo above of a golfer walking through the famed stone wall at North Berwick West Links in East Lothian, Scotland). I have a bad back, and I’m not embarrassed to ask for a pull cart. I used one during recent rounds at several of the world’s greatest courses in Scotland last month – Gullane Golf Club’s No. 1 course, North Berwick and Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. There’s no shame in using them. The only shame is on those who don’t get out of the cart.
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