The next time you are ever questioned by someone as to why you are heading out for a game of golf, just tell them "it's good for my health."
A new study conducted by 25 European and international doctors and experts has determined as much, citing the cardiovascular health benefits of playing the game such as cholesterol and blood pressure.
Of course walking helps too, but it's also the social interaction that the study delves deeper into.
“Social interaction is the risk factor which has been undervalued,” said Roger Hawkes, former chief medical officer of the European Tour and one of the authors of the study.
“Mental health is a big thing in this day and age, and moderate physical activity is associated with a reduction in anxiety and a reduction in depression.”
Hawkes also advocates for fewer private golf clubs and for government stepping in to create more public golf opportunities.
“Golf clubs are probably underutilised,” he added. “There are times that other groups could be using those courses and getting benefits that were demonstrated for most people.”
Sounds like a perfectly good reason for us all to keep enjoying the sport we know and love.