Why do so Many People Enjoy Playing Golf so Much?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

For many people, golf is the sport of choice. While watching any number of sports may be a lot of fun, golfing often is a way that many people choose to spend much of their free time. What is so compelling about the sport of golf? Here are some reasons why many people enjoy playing golf whenever they can.

Fresh air and sunshine are two reasons people love golf.
Fresh air and sunshine are two reasons people love golf.

Golfers have long known that playing golf is an excellent way to enjoy light exercise. Eighteen holes of golf mean at least a couple of hours spent outdoors, with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. While many people cringe at the idea of working out, golf is often a great way to get much needed exercise, as well as enjoy the great outdoors. The combination of being able to play a game while doing something that is good for the body can make for a very appealing package.

A golf course usually consists of rolling hills that are set between sparse woods.
A golf course usually consists of rolling hills that are set between sparse woods.

A golfer will often remark that part of the reason people like playing golf is that the sport is a way to remove the mind from day to day cares. While planning a strategy on which club to use or how to execute a swing, there is not a lot of time to be worried about job related cares, or some minor ongoing situation that is happening within the family. Golfing provides an ideal way to stepping back from the cares of living, providing a much needed break. The emotional refreshment provided by hitting a few holes of golf will often make it easier to think through those difficult situations, possibly even discovering a solution after spending some time away from the matter.

Many people turn to golf as a form of light exercise.
Many people turn to golf as a form of light exercise.

Of all sports, golfing can be a great way to build social and business contacts. Many people enjoy playing golf to the point that a sales professional may treat a client to a Saturday morning of golf. The time spent away from the office and the business environment can allow both parties to build a stronger rapport that will in turn spill over into the working relationship. Persons have found better jobs and gained customers while spending time on the golf course. The fact that two people both enjoy playing golf can be a foundation for better things to come.

Some golfers hire caddies who carry the golfer's bag and clubs across the course.
Some golfers hire caddies who carry the golfer's bag and clubs across the course.

There are also plenty of people who see time spent playing on their favorite golf courses as a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones. Spouses may enjoy playing golf with one another. Siblings may find that golfing is a way to keep in touch with one another, in spite of busy schedules. Friends may find that a weekly round of golf helps keep everyone in touch with what is happening in each other’s lives. Combining a love of the sport with the chance to spend time with people you care about is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.

Of course, many people may like playing golf simply because they love the challenge that the sport creates. Choosing the right swing and knowing what and how to perform when confronted with various challenges is a lot of fun in and of itself. Persons who enjoy playing golf for the sheer fun of the sport may also be spending time with business contacts, or having fun with family and friends, but the root of the attraction remains a love of the sport itself. With so many reasons to enjoy playing golf, it is no wonder that people of all ages, races, genders, and economic backgrounds love to spend time on the golf course.

Golf has become a sport popular with men and women of all races and ages.
Golf has become a sport popular with men and women of all races and ages.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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There may be some truth to the "sport of underachievers" theory (although golf is much more difficult than a Playstation-or X-Box in my case). I'm 51 and I grew up skiing and skateboarding. I did some crazy things on my skateboard that would just be silly for someone my age with a family. Recently, I really started missing the sports I played when younger and then I discovered golf!

It definitely fills a void and one of the main reasons I love it is in its difficulty. If it were easy, the challenge would bore me. It is an entirely different animal than "fast" and "contact" sports, but it is no less fun and certainly no less challenging. Golf is not for the fainthearted.


It seems to me it's the personal contacts more than anything.

There are many things a person can do if his or her health is good enough to play golf, like fishing, carpentry work, mechanical work, softball, church work, helping people, etc.


I find it funny that anon138674 thinks that golf is no harder than playing a playstation. Typical remark of someone who has probably never tried it. If it was that simple, everyone would be making the big bucks playing it like Tiger Woods.

Golf requires more coordination and muscle memory than any other sport I know. Just because it is not as fast paced and aggressive as other sports doesn't make it any easier.

Simply put, you have to take a long club and swing it hard while trying to keep it accurate enough to strike the ball with a 1-2 inch "sweet spot" on the face of the club head in order to make a decent shot.

Also, you're taking a small ball and trying to sink it in a small hole sometimes hundreds of yards away, in no more than five strokes on the longest of holes, and as few as three on the shorter ones. Golf is anything but "easy"


Those are the reasons I stay with motocross.


I love golf. It keeps people away from my fishing holes.


It simply does not compare to a soaring wave lift over a mountain range in say a DG 505 or ASW 27.


It's simple. When people get old, they lose pride in themselves.

Golf fills the void for sporting underachievers, infirm and elderly. There is no more challenge playing golf than a playstation.


My brother-in-law loves to play golf and it must be addictive. He goes to golf stores online and is always looking for deals on discount golf clubs. He even subscribes to golf magazines and watches golf matches on television. It drives my sister crazy.

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