While some might like nothing more than hitting the links solo, golf is undeniably a social sport, and there are arguably more social benefits of golf than many other sports.
Whether it’s the catch-up in the 19th hole, or the course veteran giving you a few tips before you tee off, there’s always a new conversation surrounding the game you just played, or the game you’re about to.
But golf is also about a lot more than that. For many, the biggest social benefit of golf is that it is a way to see old friends or get the family together for the day.
Sure, we all love the sport and there’s no better feeling than hitting a great shot, but golf wouldn’t be what it is without the social aspect of the game.
It’s one of the best parts of the game – there’s always someone new to play a round with!
Joining a club or a local league is a great way to get stuck into the social benefits of golf, you’ll meet new people, play more, and, hopefully, learn a lot more about the sport!
Everyone has their own little tips and tricks to share, you never know what you might learn from a new golf partner!
So in this article, we’re going to be going over the various social benefits of golf, and why it’s one of the most social sports there is!
1. Learning, Teaching, Practicing
Golf is a sport that, if you love it, you’ll be learning about your whole life. It’s incredibly difficult to master the game of golf as there’s always something you can be doing better, and no one plays perfectly every time.
One of the best social benefits of golf is that golfers love to share tips.
You can have 5 different golfers watch you take a swing and they’ll all tell you something different you need to improve on. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad golfer, that’s just the nature of the game!
Sure, you can just turn up to the driving range, keep your head down and practice, but golfers love a chat, and it’s not out of the ordinary for people to commend you on a good shot, or offer you a tip if you’re doing something consistently wrong.
And for the most part, most golfers are receptive to these tips and tricks offered up. I recently had a friend point out that I bob my head when I swing with a driver, that’s something I might never have realised on my own!
Golf is a sport where you have to continually improve and it’s on you and you alone to make that improvement.
Seasoned veterans of the sport know this, and most are happy to offer their expertise when needed. If you’re lucky, you might just get paired up with one on a busy day out on the course.
You never know who you’ll meet during a round of golf, but it’s always worth meeting them, it’s the best way to continually learn new things about the sport!
2. Play With the Whole Family
Golf is a sport with few boundaries to play. Anyone can play golf, from 3 years old to 103 years old.
Golf is a low-impact sport, meaning that it’s a low-impact exercise. You can play at your own pace, and most of your physical expenditure will be used on walking between holes.
For this reason, anyone can play golf. Mini-golf has obviously capitalised on the ease of the sport and made it more exciting for kids, but there’s no reason why you can’t take your kids down to the local par 3 and teach them about the sport.
Why not try, what my family used to call, ‘beginners par’, which is just double the official par for a course, when starting out? It’s a great way to introduce people to the sport without the frustration of being way over par every time.
Playing golf should be about having fun! Bear that in mind when you bring anyone new to the course.
3. The 19th Hole
Unsurprisingly, golfers love to talk about golf, and many golfers’ favourite part of a day on the course: catching up afterwards on the 19th hole.
The ‘19th hole’ refers to the bar in the clubhouse after a full round of golf. You’ll find many a golfer resting up after a long day and chatting with other players and cracking jokes about their game or comparing scores.
It’s the most social part of a day on the course, everyone will be there with stories from the day, and many will be more than willing to regale you with tales from other courses, or when they played with a young Rory Mcilroy, or even what they noticed about your swing earlier in the day.
The 19th Hole is the best place to learn more about the sport, excluding the course and Golf Guidebook, of course.
If you’re new to the sport, head to the clubhouse bar after your game. You’ll meet new people, learn more about the game, and hopefully come away with some new golf buddies to play with in the future.
We all wish we could play more golf, so it’s always a good idea to know more players. That way, you’ll always have someone to play with when your regular game falls through.
And where better to meet like-minded golfers than the 19th hole!
4. Socialise Outside
One of the best social benefits of golf is that most of the socialising takes place outside. We’ve all spent quite a lot of time inside over the past few years, so leave that in past and meet up with your friends and family on the links!
When you’re out on the course, it’s hard to not talk about ways to improve your swing, or why your drive isn’t as straight as you’d like it to be, or the new putting technique you’re using for accuracy and consistency.
You can forget about your troubles on the golf course, it’s hard to think about anything more than the new techniques you’re using, or how someone in your party should approach the hazard they’ve found themselves up against.
And what better way to socialise than outside! When the weather’s great, walking a course with some good friends and taking in the scenery is surely the best way to spend your time.
So step away from the zoom call, get out of the office, and head to the golf course! Make sure you bring some friends along the way!
The Best Social Benefit of Golf
Undeniably, the best social benefit of golf is meeting new people. I can’t count how many conversations I’ve had with strangers on the course, driving range, or 19th hole, that have now become good golf friends who I speak to every time I’m there.
You’ll meet people from all over playing golf, especially if you try a new course. And as I’ve already said in this article, every golfer wants to talk about golf, so you’ll always have something in common!
Golf doesn’t have to be a game played solo! And once you’ve got your golf crew, you’’ll all benefit and learn from each other!
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