Golf & Health Project
The Golf & Health Project, supported by the World Golf Foundation, is working to assess the health and wellbeing benefits of golf, aiming to help drive an increased interest and participation in golf, and to improve the public image of the sport.
It also aims to show that existing and future benefits that are identified are applicable to individuals of all ages and in all areas of society, not just a specific sub-section of the population.
Key benefits include improvements in life expectancy and quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer. Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity.
The Project launches with support from all of golf’s major organisations, along with an initial eight ambassadors from around the world with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them - Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O'Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA).
The Project will see the health benefits communicated and disseminated to policy makers and members of the public to increase awareness of golf’s positive influence on health and wellbeing.
Current information from the University of Edinburgh Scoping Review and future research findings will continue to be available through the Golf & Health website. Find out more at www.golfandhealth.org.