Improving your health with a golf membership
- Published: 18 January 2023
The Golf & Health Project from the World Golf Foundation found that playing golf can increase life expectancy, help prevent chronic diseases and improve mental health.
A golf membership in Hemel Hempstead could therefore be just what you need! Let’s take a look at how a game of golf can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
The medical benefits of golf
The research by the World Golf Foundation found that regularly playing golf is likely to improve cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic health, and help those who suffer from chronic diseases and type 2 diabetes. Muscle endurance and balance in older people were also found to improve.
Golf is classed as a low impact sport, meaning it won’t cause significant injury to joints and is therefore a game that can be enjoyed later in life.
Exceeding physical activity guidelines
The government’s physical activity guidelines indicate that adults should undertake 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week. With the average 18 holes taking 4 hours and 30 minutes, playing just once a week will take you significantly over that guidance – you’ll also be walking around five miles and burning approximately 1,500 calories per round (if you walk).
A positive for your mental health
There are multiple pieces of research about how being active can benefit your mental health, and having a golf membership can definitely contribute to this. The fresh air and social interaction with your playing partner, and the elation that comes with your first birdie of the round, can easily help you to clear your mind and forget about a bad week.
Taking it beyond the 18th green
A hot shower, drink and bite to eat after a game can be just as beneficial for your mental health as the game itself. During the winter months, when the social interaction that a game of golf brings can be curtailed by bad weather, the clubhouse is the place where members can still meet up with friends. And, when it comes to the summer months, there’s nothing quite like finishing a game by relaxing on the patio with a refreshing cold drink.
Our clubhouse is open all year round, so there will always be someone available to chat and interact with.
Little Hay Golf Complex membership
If you’re looking for a golf membership in Hemel Hempstead, we have a variety of annual ticket options. These include seven- and five-day tickets for adults and seniors, as well as memberships for juniors, couples, families, and more.
The membership comes with a variety of benefits, which can include:
- Unlimited access to the 18-hole golf course
- Free use of the 6-hole pitch and putt course
- No joining fees
- The ability to book a tee time online up to 14 days in advance
- Annual payment discounts
- Access to discounted rates at Panshanger Golf Complex and Stevenage Golf (weekdays only) via Golf Link
We regularly launch special membership offers, so head over to our membership page to see what’s available – you’ll also find the standard annual ticket costs. You can make a one-off payment or set up a monthly direct debit.
To become a member of Little Hay Golf Complex, please get in touch with us.