Studies show that golf can increase life expectancy, help prevent chronic diseases, and improve mental health

If you’re frequent golfer, there is a fair chance that for you golf is a game that borders on obsession. For some of us, well, that line into obsession was crossed long ago.

The good news is that obsession is a healthy one, studies show. In fact, a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that playing golf regularly can increase life expectancy and help prevent chronic diseases. There is even some limited evidence that golf can even improve mental health, too.

Sure, a golfer chasing an errant shot sliced it deep into Black Butte Ranch’s ponderosa pines might not immediately be convinced, but there is real evidence that playing golf can improve physical health and mental well-being for golfers of all of all ages, genders and backgrounds, according to the study. For older golfers, that can contribute to stronger muscles and improved balance and fall prevention, while golf is likely to improve cardiovascular, respiratory and metab

olic health in every golfers, while helping those with chronic diseases such as heart disease.

Interestingly, more than a few of us golfers don’t look at the game that way. Instead, we think of golf as a pastime. A way to escape the grind of day-to-day life. (There are health benefits to that, too, including the reduction of anxiety, depression, and dementia in golfers, according to the study.)

But golfers burn on average about 500 calories per 18 holes, and those who choose to walk the course can burn well over 1,000 calories by hiking between four to eight miles over the course of a round. Even those who opt for a cart can walk up to four miles during a round.

Forget about skipping a workout to play golf. Golf itself IS a workout. And of course, sunshine and fresh air don’t hurt either.

“We know that the moderate physical activity that golf provides increases life expectancy, has mental health benefits, and can help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer,” Dr. Andrew Murray, the lead researcher of the study, has said. “Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth. Given that the sport can be played by the very young to the very old, this demonstrates a wide variety of health benefits for people of all ages.”

From to two walker-friendly layouts in Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow, to the addition of GolfBoards, to a world-class spa that can help keep golfers limber, Black Butte Ranch does what it can to promote the health benefits of golf.

Most of all, golf at Black Butte Ranch is fun and affordable for everyone in the family, including our youngest golfers. Come out and get healthy, while playing a game that is truly one for a lifetime.

Book a tee time online, or call 855-210-5305 or the Golf Shop at 541-595-1500.