What’s the best thing about living in Florida?

It’s golf season all year long!

Well, when it’s not raining!

Come out to Mainlands Golf course and get in a round of golf!

 

As all golfers know, a game of golf is both mentally stimulating and physically challenging. Golf may not be considered a physically demanding sport, but one round will likely mean you are outside and moving around, walking at a pace of 6-7km, for several hours at a time and constantly using your brain for the many mental challenges you face. There are many stated health benefits of golf, from scientific and anecdotal sources, but just how good is the game for the body and mind?

Seven health benefits of golf

  1. Heart health – any form of physical exercise helps get the blood pumping to your heart. Walking, carrying your bag and swinging all increase your heart rate and blood flow. Your risk of a stroke and diabetes are reduced, and there can be positive effects on reducing blood pressure and harmful cholesterol, especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that during an 18-hole round, a player will have an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute, over a two to five hour period
  2. Brain stimulation – regular daily walking strengthens the brain’s memory circuits. Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, says: ‘Whether it is going for a jog or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active you make sure your brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in future.”
  3. Weight loss – the golden number of steps per day needed for weight loss is 10,000. An 18-hole round easily exceeds this recommended number, especially when you walk and do not use a golf cart. The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF) found that recent research projects (referring to those in Norway, Japan, Germany, the US and Sweden) revealed that a male golfer burns around 2,500 kCal during an 18-hole round, and female players burn approximately 1,500 kCal (read 9 Holes for Better Health – in Norwegian)
  4. Reduces stress – the pleasure of walking in fresh air, socialising, with an added mental challenge means golf releases endorphins, the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain, which make you happy and relaxed
  5. Improved sleep – exercise and fresh air are a powerful combination for improved sleep. Walking the course will give you a good workout. Regular exercise helps you sleep faster and remain in a deep sleep for longer. Sleep helps your muscles rest and repair
  6. Low injury – golf is a low-impact activity in the sense that one walks on a soft, gently rolling surface. More mature players find this attractive as they can burn calories with a low risk of injury
  7. Live longer – a Swedish study by the Karolinska Institutet led by Professor Anders Ahlbom, found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, which corresponds to a 5-year increase in life expectancy (read Golf: A game of life and death – reduced mortality in Swedish golf players)

“The health benefits of golf are far greater than most of us seem to believe, and may have a much greater and broader impact on our wellbeing than we may have realised. Considering how well a good golf facility can appeal to people of all age groups, golf is a wonderful way to encourage exercise,” says Edwin Roald, EIGCA Council member.

In addition to the scientific research above, the NY Times ran a story in July 2015 following two studies which found there are many health benefits of golf: “A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the progress, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.” (read this blog post).

Golf carts are not a fundamental part of the game

The use of golf carts is widespread and it can be all too easy to jump in a cart rather than take a leisurely stroll. While golf carts are useful in terms of enabling the elderly and people with disabilities to enjoy golf as a form of recreation, their extensive use has likely contributed, as much as anything else, to golf‘s apparent elitist image. Whenever possible, golfers should say no to a cart and play golf on foot, as it was meant to be played, and reap the rewards of the health benefits of golf.

Source: European Institute of Golf Course Architects

Play one more round of golf in 2018!

The rates change tomorrow so there’s no better time than now to enjoy a day on the course!

Join us this weekend and squeeze in a few more rounds before the end  of the year!

 

Merry Christmas from everyone at Mainlands Golf Club! We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Just a reminder: we will be closed for Christmas Day.

Uncle Julio would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!

$10 OFF TEE TIMES*

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 

Twilight Rates not Included!

Mention Uncle Julio’s Christmas Special at the counter!

 

TAKE $10 OFF YOUR TEE TIME THIS SUNDAY! 

Twilight Rates not Included

Mention Uncle Julio’s Christmas Special at the counter!

Give the Gift of Golf this Christmas! And make it easy by purchasing your gift cards online!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Mainlands Golf Course! We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday!

Mainlands will be open for play on Thanksgiving Morning. We have carts until 10 AM and walking until 1 PM. Enjoy your holiday!

A HUGE “Thank You” to everyone who came out to the 47th Anniversary Scrambles this past weekend!

In total, we are donating $1,410 to the local VFW post 6287! It was a super day and we can’t wait for next year!

Our Raffle Winners:

Ed Reese won a Year’s Free Greens fees at Mainlands Golf Club. 
Caroline Watson won the raffle for a Brand New set of Wilson D:350’s

2 TOURNAMENTS TO CHOOSE FROM!

7:15am – TRADITIONAL TOURNAMENT: 4 person BETTER Ball Scramble
12:15pm – AFTERNOON CRAZY 18 HOLE: 4 person BETTER Ball Scramble

(5 Holes will have a mini-game)

COST is to be $55.00 (+tax) per person for per tournament. Must be paid by 11/9/18. In Honor of Veteran’s Day $5 from every entry fee will be donated to Local VFW

  • Donuts, Danish, and light food for breakfast. Lunch is provided to all. LIVE MUSIC! ! !
  • Goody Bags for all golfers, with giveaways, coupons, balls, tees, candy, raffle tickets and
    MORE.
  • Best Ball format, 4 person teams, prizes for top 3 teams, closest to pin, longest drive, AND…
  • FREE BEER! ! Enough SAID
  • Fun for All, Prizes for most!
  • Golf trivia challenge + Putting Contest from 11am – 12:30pm.
  • OPTIONAL BONUS RAFFLE for FREE GREENS FEES FOR ONE YEAR!
    $5.00 Per Ticket – 50% of the Proceeds will go to the Local VFW
  • Always one of the best days of the year. We look forward to celebrating our birthday with
    you.