Berkhamsted Golf Club is urging people to take up the sport as a way of staying fit and healthy in 2014.
A study conducted by Yale University School of Medicine concluded that during an average round of golf players walk between five and six miles – burning at least 900 calories per round.
And Berkhamsted Golf Club general manager Steve Derbyshire hopes that people will follow the University’s advice to take up golf as part of an active lifestyle.
“People don’t consider golf a reactive sport, thinking of it as sedate,” he said. “However, our course is around five miles long so as these studies show, not only do players burn up calories but they also benefit from fresh air and general exercise”
The club has recently welcomed a number of younger men and women as members, while the ladies’ section at Berkhamsted currently offers a Temporary Membership Scheme for those who would like to play golf but don’t have a handicap.
A handicap can be gained over an agreed time-span, during which support will be given by a mentor and the club professional. Upon gaining a handicap full club membership is an option.
Stephanie Cliffe, lady captain at Berkhamsted Golf Club, said: “The scheme has proven hugely successful as women of all ages are now including a sport such as golf alongside pilates, yoga and running as part of their fitness regime.
“A round of golf is seen as a great opportunity for some ‘me time’ for women who have young families, especially if they are also still working full or part-time.
“That little white ball wants your attention so it’s a great way of getting away from the demands of daily life”
For more information on membership at Berkhamsted Golf Club call Steve Derbyshire on 01442 865832