Many are competing to be hailed as the best golf course in the Philippines. The current number of courses in the Philippines is over 90 based on the list posted by worldgolf.com. To get you started, philippines-travel-guide.com provided a brief list of courses you can try like the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite; Camp John Hay Golf Course in Baguio; or the Fairways & Bluewater Golf Resort Boracay. Yet no matter how many golf courses have been built, only a select few could afford this kind of sport.
What is with golf that people are willing to spend money on it? Is it because of its laid-back nature of playing? Is it the feeling of pomposity and grandeur a golfer experiences while walking on lush green fields? Maybe because of its tranquil and peaceful environment which is a far cry from the humdrum of the corporate scene?
Surprisingly, even though it may cost you several thousands of pesos, golf has loads of benefits that any best golf course in the Philippines could offer. Just like any sport, playing golf has mental and physical benefits as enumerated below.
Strengthens muscle and endurance
You may never notice but during a friendly bout of golf with your peers you’ve already covered three to four miles while transferring from one hole to another. Keep this up and you could improve muscle tone and endurance by simply walking on a course with different terrains.
Walking is the simplest and easiest form of exercise. But playing golf is more than walking in green fairways. According to an article in huffingtonpost.com, golfing in an 18-hole course while carrying your own bag burns 721; using a pull cart burns 718; with a caddy burns 613; and riding in a cart burns 411 calories.
Why is golf a perfect stress-buster? Maybe it has something to do with the greenery. Sensationalcolor.com says the color green “is calming, stress-relieving, and invigorating.” Furthermore, it is the color of balance and harmony and can, therefore, be helpful in times of stress, as stated by colourtherapyhealing.com. This is simply by looking at the different shades of green of the best golf courses in the Philippines. Other than blue, green is the second coolest color.
Socialization and networking
Golf can be a friendly or competitive sport. Instead of bonding over caffeinated drinks or going to cafes with your colleagues, a golf course sets a neutral ground to relax and unwind. You will not only catch up with your friends but you could stretch your muscles as well. This is also a chance to meet top executives or influential people who spends their free time playing golf. It is an avenue to expand your network all in the name of good company and good game.
Improves concentration and focus
In a world where we are constantly interrupted by incessant notifications from the various social media sites we’ve signed up to, concentration or the ability to focus on one task is getting more difficult. Through golf, focus and concentration could be regained. Golflink.com states that golfers have to learn how to focus on the shot and concentrate on the fundamentals of their swing, or else, they won’t be able to play successfully.
Low risk of injury
Golf is one of the sports with the lowest rates of injuries. It is a perfect pastime for the elderly because it is a non-strenuous activity. Moreover, it is a non-contact sport and doesn’t have to use so much force or strength. However, don’t forget to do warm-ups or stretches on your back shoulders and arms before playing, Better Health Channel advises.
It is not as simple as swinging the club and hitting the ball. You need to carefully analyze the distance of the hole, the alignment, the direction of the wind, the elevation of the course and other things a golfer must consider to score a birdie. According to Brian Short, a golf instructor at Penn State University, says in an article on college.usatoday.com, golf is “… about patience. It’s one of the games you can never perfect.” Accuracy is a must.
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