Golf Benefits: How to Strengthen Your Mind & Body

Golf Benefits: How to Strengthen Your Mind & Body

Golf offers impressive health benefits. It isn’t simply a game where you stand around with minimal movement, no matter what non-golfers may think. Even though golf does not include jumping or sprinting, it works the mind and body

 

There are an array of health benefits associated with the sport. Golfers may receive both mental and physical health benefits from golf that equate or trump other sports. Planning to play a round of golf this weekend? You can expect these six golf benefits to strengthen your mind and body!

Benefit #1: It Stimulates Your Mind

Even though golf is easy to learn yet hard to master, due to brain stimulation golfers receive an array of health benefits. Not only does being physically active have a wonderful impact on people’s mindsets, having a sport which requires complete concentration and attention also takes their minds away from negative thoughts. Since golfers are required to perform precise mental calculations such as grass depth, wind direction, ball location and slope of the land, their brains are highly exercised. Golf stimulates our minds! According to research performed at the University of Limerick, a round of golf lowers the risk of developing anxiety and depression.

Benefit #2: It Enables Social Interaction

Though some golfers like playing the game solo, most of them look forward to enjoying some friendly competition while hitting the links. By playing against or with someone during a round of golf, you allow yourself to interact socially. Social interaction majorly impacts mental well-being. People, including seniors, often lose touch with others when they grow older. Luckily, golf provides them with an opportunity to reconnect after spending a day enjoying each other’s company and the great outdoors. It’s easy for golfers to converse as they play thanks to the sport’s low intensity. The downtime offered during a round of golf is why important business deals are often struck on a golf course.

Benefit #3: It Provides Low-Risk of Injury

Golf is a sport of minimal contact, but it’s also a sport in which its players aren’t subjecting their bodies under as much stress like racquetball, tennis, squash or basketball. Thanks to the low risk of injury offered by this sport, golfers of just about any age can enjoy the game. Of course, players may still sustain injuries. Golfers may sprain their ankles when taking a wrong step, pull their muscles when swinging, or suffer from sore body parts no matter how healthy they are. However, the risk of a major injury putting you in the hospital or on the sidelines is pretty low.

Benefit #4: It Burns Calories

If they walk in a straight line, golfers who walk an 18-hole golf game cover about four miles. Nevertheless, when playing, golfers don’t walk point to point. They cover a great deal of ground to follow the ball – much more than four miles! Golfers cover over six miles during a full 18-hole game according to a study featured in Golf Monthly.  Since a course isn’t flat, golfers may burn even more calories while walking over the varying terrain. As stated by EHealthBody, any average golfer may burn nearly 1,400 calories while walking an 18-hole golf course. Walking not only burns calories, enabling weight loss, it also benefits heart health.

Benefit #5: It Builds Mental Well-Being

What most people don’t know is that exercise as well as being surrounded by nature, benefits the aforementioned mental well-being. Research shows that there is increased happiness and attention associated with walking in the lush green of the outdoors. This is caused by boosted levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, while reducing anxiety, improving confidence and self-esteem. Fortunately for golfers, they may easily surround themselves with nature simply by spending a weekend at beautiful golf courses in picturesque spots like the Pocono Mountains. After all, a healthy mind leads to a healthy body.

Benefit #6: It Lets You Sleep Like a Baby

In addition to stimulating your mind and body, an afternoon round of golf seems to provide the perfect recipe for a much needed good night’s sleep. How is that possible? How could golf make you sleep better at night? The fact of the matter is that the combination of fresh air and exercise regularly is the ultimate recipe for a great night of sleep.  Not only will you fall asleep more quickly, but you will also stay in deep sleep longer. So, head to the golf course, embrace the beautiful outdoors and enjoy a fulfilling night’s rest. You’ll sleep like a baby!

As you can see, this sport provides players with an assortment of benefits! It’s a game that’s much more than just hitting a tiny white ball into a small cup. Golf offers mental and physical benefits that can improve a person’s life for the long run. It strengthens your mind and body. Ready to play a round of golf at Hideaway Hills? Book your tee-time NOW!

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Hole #18

Par 5 – 512 Yards • Handicap – 2 • Tee Elevation to Green +31 ft. Blue Tee – 512 Yards • White Tee – 494 Yards • Gold Tee – 440 Yards • Green Tee – 405 Yards

A great finishing hole. Birdies are possible. Drive right center. Long hitters eyeing the green in two should use a little extra club. A very fair par 5 whose green slopes toward you. A small area between the green and the traps is hidden. Carry the ball onto the green.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #17 – Interactive Map

Hole #17

Par 4 – 359 Yards • Handicap – 10 • Tee Elevation to Green +55 ft. Blue Tee – 359 Yards • White Tee – 315 Yards • Gold Tee – 285 Yards • Green Tee – 265 Yards

A right center drive up on the hill might get you into birdie territory. Be aware of pin placement – it could mean 3 clubs’ difference. A small bail out area in the grass bunker on the right of the green.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #16 – Interactive Map

Hole #16

Par 4 – 453 Yards • Handicap – 8 • Tee Elevation to Green -64 ft. Blue Tee – 453 Yards • White Tee – 402 Yards • Gold Tee – 356 Yards • Green Tee – 334 Yards

This great scenic masterpiece entices daring players to “cut the corner.” Make “discretion the better part of valor” by driving more left from the back tees and more daring right from the front tees. The gigantic green will accept even slightly errant approaches. Birdies are not unusual but neither are bogies and sixes. Beauty and trouble abound everywhere.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #15 – Interactive Map

Hole #15

Par 4 – 417 Yards • Handicap – 4 • Tee Elevation to Green +62 ft. Blue Tee – 221 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 347 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 382 Yards • Gold Tee – 292 Yards • Green Tee – 266 Yards

Only the most skilled and most daring should use the back tee. The large pine on the right; deep rough and sharply uphill make the drive a challenge. Then things get tough and an island green creates the need for extra length and precise aim. Birdies are scarce; pars are few. This is a hole to remember. It could also be a signature hole.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #14 – Interactive Map

Hole #14

Par 3 – 221 Yards • Handicap – 16 • Tee Elevation to Green -13 ft. Blue Tee – 221 Yards • White Tee – 193 Yards • Gold Tee – 178 Yards • Green Tee – 153 Yards

Relax on this long straight away par 3. High or low this big green will hold the shot. On your way to the green enjoy the view to your right once more.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #13 – Interactive Map

Hole #13

Par 4 – 320 Yards • Handicap – 12 • Tee Elevation to Green +98 ft. Blue Tee – 320 Yards • White Tee – 298 Yards • Gold Tee – 243 Yards • Green Tee – 208 Yards

The hole plays 2 clubs tougher than yardage. play the right side of the fairway off the tee. The green appears close from the fairway but adding at least 15 yards is necessary. After the hole check the view from the top of the hill.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #12 – Interactive Map

Hole #12

Par 3 – 231 Yards • Handicap – 18 • Tee Elevation to Green -102 ft. Blue Tee – 231 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 157 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 177 Yards • Gold Tee – 147 Yards • Green Tee – 121 Yards

Check the location of the back tee up on the ledge. One of the pride and joys of the owner – a fiesty par 3 with only partial bail out in the front. Note the tremendous bonus in playing yardage from every tee. Another great view behind the green.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #11 – Interactive Map

Hole #11

Par 4 – 344 Yards • Handicap – 14 • Tee Elevation to Green +70 ft. Blue Tee – 344 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 296 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 326 Yards • Gold Tee – 247 Yards • Green Tee – 214 Yards

The personality of this hole varies from pussy cat to tiger. Hit a long straight drive down the left center and you can start petting the kitty. Stray right or left and brace yourself. A long rolling green with oodles of undulations.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #10 – Interactive Map

Hole #10

Par 5 – 538 Yards • Handicap – 6 • Tee Elevation to Green -222 ft. Blue Tee – 538 Yards • White Tee – 509 Yards • Gold Tee – 444 Yards • Green Tee – 401 Yards

Another signature type, spectacularly scenic par five. Three mountain ranges provide the backdrop for this glorious view. Driving through a chute of trees downward 161 feet adds much yardage to your shots. Downhill lies and downhill shots require careful planning. A birdie hole, honest.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #9 – Interactive Map

Hole #9

Par 5 – 521 Yards • Handicap – 7 • Tee Elevation to Green -41 ft. Blue Tee – 521 Yards • White Tee – 480 Yards • Gold Tee – 453 Yards • Green Tee – 424 Yards

Note the phone by the white tee. A direct line to have a sandwich and drink waiting for you at the clubhouse. A birdie hole for the thinking golfer. Play right center off the tee and left center on the second shot. From this smart laid up second shot play enough length on the approach shot. It looks shorter than it is.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #8 – Interactive Map

Hole #8

Par 4 – 409 Yards • Handicap – 3 • Tee Elevation to Green +57 ft. Blue Tee – 409 Yards • White Tee – 388 Yards • Gold Tee – 328 Yards • Green Tee – 291 Yards

One of the toughest holes to par on the course. Only good shotmakers who hit the ball a ton can breeze through this one. So, brace your Arnie Palmer belt, dig in and belt a long drive down the left center. The uphill second shot adds one club at the 79 marker and two at 193. Birdies are precious; pars are valued.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #7 – Interactive Map

Hole #7

Par 3 – 217 Yards • Handicap – 15 • Tee Elevation to Green -135 ft. Blue Tee – 217 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 190 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 202 Yards • Gold Tee – 183 Yards • Green Tee – 136 Yards

A signature hole. Memorable. Beautiful. Deceptive. Your shots are hit into a forever gliding flight. Left of the green is a good bail out spot. 135 foot drop reveals all the details. A picture painting.”

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #6 – Interactive Map

Hole #6

Par 5 – 518 Yards • Handicap – 1 • Tee Elevation to Green +48 ft. Blue Tee – 518 Yards • White Tee – 492 Yards • Gold Tee – 466 Yards • Green Tee – 427 Yards

The subtle incline up and left off the tee demands right center drive. The double dogleg, slightly downhill to the green, yields to long hitters. Check the view to your left. Don’t be lulled into a punishing hook. Hit left and remember Dante’s “All ye who enter here abandon hope.”

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #5 – Interactive Map

Hole #5

Par 4 – 427 Yards • Handicap – 9 • Tee Elevation to Green -48 ft. Blue Tee – 427 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 410 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 377 Yards • Gold Tee – 345 Yards • Green Tee – 307 Yards

A blind tee shot down the right center turns into a double water hole with a bail out area left of the green. Downhill, sidehill second shot lies decrease iron bite. Overcome the water distraction and the score will match the sensational design.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #4 – Interactive Map

Hole #4

Par 4 – 441 Yards • Handicap – 13 • Tee Elevation to Green -48 ft. Blue Tee – 441 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 405 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 374 Yards • Gold Tee – 346 Yards • Green Tee – 318 Yards

The long downhill dogleg begs for the long draw but the 3 inviting traps in the driving area on the left create the demand for driving preciseness. The second shot entices a draw also because of the opening to the green.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #3 – Interactive Map

Hole #3

Par 3 – 177 Yards • Handicap – 17 • Tee Elevation to Green +18 ft. Blue Tee – 177 Yards • White Tee – 166 Yards • Gold Tee – 149 Yards • Green Tee – 130 Yards

This slightly uphill hole with a large green which has several corner platform positions. Note the playing yardage which adds half a club.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #2 – Interactive Map

Hole #2

Par 4 – 448 Yards • Handicap – 5 • Tee Elevation to Green -6 ft. Blue Tee – 448 Yards • White Tee (Back) – 413 Yards • White Tee (Front) – 381 Yards • Gold Tee – 357 Yards • Green Tee – 337 Yards

A “sneaky long” par 4 dogleg right. A precise long drive missing the pond on the left and the obstructive wall of 3 trees on the right earns the position of a long second shot much more uphill than the eye can gauge.

Hideaway Hills Golf Club – Hole #1 – Interactive Map

Hole #1

Par 4 – 380 Yards • Handicap – 11 • Tee Elevation to Green -7 ft. Blue Tee – 380 Yards • White Tee – 350 Yards • Gold Tee – 328 Yards • Green Tee – 310 Yards

An excellent starting hole. Elevated tee provides a view of the entire hole. Of average difficulty and medium length it leads to a pleasureful journey on a magnificent golf course. Many rolls on the large greens but no trick slopes that run the ball off the green on any of the 18.

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