This year, why not make a resolution that’s fun and good for you – the game of GOLF! Here are four reasons to give it a try, or resume play:
1. Get fit!
We like to talk a big game about heath and fitness (especially at the beginning of a new year), but how many of us are going out and making lasting changes? If you’ve been telling yourself for years that you need to be more active, there’s no better time than right now. A whole life comes down to those daily decisions, and golf played properly will improve your health and increase your quality of life.
It’s not always easy to find healthy, active, outdoor environments that are non-judgmental and social. But golf has all of those things. It’s a way to reconnect with your spouse, enjoy time away with friends, spend quality time with your children, even teach your grandchildren! My two-year-old granddaughter Zoey and I play golf together every chance we get, and I’m amazed at what she can do with a little guidance and encouragement.
3. Expand your circle.
Golf is a “people game,” which is one of the reasons it’s so popular with professionals. It’s a great way to grow your network, make connections and even increase your revenues. It’s also a great way to connect within your community. I meet new residents of Hilton Head and the Lowcountry every day who are taking advantage of the opportunity to play on the Island’s award-winning courses, and cultivating a core social group at the same time.
4. Personal growth.
Golf can help you grow your fitness, your skills, your confidence, even your love of the outdoors. Golf is called an “honest” game for a reason; it’s up to each player to “score” themselves, so self-discipline is a must. Golfers of all shapes, sizes and skills are out there right now pushing themselves, competing with themselves, and enriching their lives!
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
North Carolina and South Carolina PGA Teacher of the Year, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?”, a free interactive clinic and demonstration every Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Call (866) 455-6890 or go to www.palmettodunes.com for more information.