Did you know that golf is one of the most popular sports here in the United States and around the world for that matter? In 2020 alone, 24.8 million people took to the courses in the US for a round of golf, which was more than the year before. It’s a sport whose popularity has enjoyed growth fairly consistently and it does a great job of attracting a wide array of age groups and both men and women. 

Despite its popularity and accessibility in the country, maybe you’re not convinced it’s for you? Here are five reasons to start playing golf and how you can make the most of it.

It Can be Enjoyed with Others or Solo

Not every sport gives you the option to play with others or solo but golf does. You’ve got the choice of making it a social event and playing with friends/family or you can get out there and enjoy some solo quiet time.


Golf Courses are Widely Accessible Across the US

To say that golf courses are widely accessible across the US is an understatement, as golfers never have to worry about traveling far to find one. Even during the winter months, many states enjoy beautiful weather year-round, which allows golf to continue 365 days a year.

The biggest obstacle you’ll encounter will be deciding which course is best suited to you, your skill level, your expectations, and your budget.

It’s An Excuse to Get Outdoors

While most people are well aware of how important outdoor time is to your mental and physical well-being, it doesn’t mean you make it a habit to get outside regularly. Golf can be that excuse you’re looking for to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

Looking for a Cardio Activity – Golf Can Be It

And speaking of your physical well-being, golf also acts as a great cardio activity, especially if you’re walking the course while carrying your golf bag.

Any Age Group Can Start to Play

Unlike some sports that are better suited to a specific age group, golf attracts all ages from pre-teens to seniors. While pre-teens may have more energy for longer courses, chances are they will want more beginner-friendly holes. For seniors, they may look for a shorter course (fairway and greens), or one that doesn’t have challenging terrain to traverse.

Invest in the Right Equipment

To play and excel in the sport you’re also going to need the right equipment. This will ensure you get off on the right foot and don’t become frustrated as you learn. It should be said that golfing is the kind of sport that takes years to master, so don’t expect perfection in your first season. All progress should be celebrated.

The essential equipment you’ll need should include:

  • A set of good quality golf clubs works for your golfing style, skill level, and budget. Experts recommend taking your time, shopping around, and trying out different options before you make a purchase. 
  • A golf bag that is large enough to store all your equipment and must-have items.
  • Comfortable and supportive golf shoes, either spikeless or spiked.
  • A collection of different golf balls so you can start to figure out what your favorites are.

If you plan on getting serious about the sport and playing regularly, you can even pick up a new or used golf cart. If used, you can easily make repairs and upgrades to the cart such as replacing both wheels and tires. This is usually much cheaper than a brand new cart.

Get Out and See What the Sport Is About

Don’t just read about the benefits of golf, it’s important to get out there and see for yourself what the fuss is about.

Also Read: What to Wear When Going for Golf?