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Home of Golf Heralds Health Benefits of Golf and Health Week

April 19 2019

St Andrews Links has backed a major campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of playing golf.

The first ever Golf and Health Week concludes today (Friday) after a week of engagement to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers of all ages to take part in the sport.

The collaborative campaign, which has been led by the R&A and World Golf Foundation, has highlighted the many physical and mental health benefits of playing golf and the way complexes like those at St Andrews Links engage with a wide variety of communities to encourage and promote active living through golf.

Dr Andrew Murray, Chief Medical Officer for the European Tour and lead researcher on the World Golf Foundation’s health and golf project, said: “Research shows that golf is a great sport for your health. It improves your physical health; prolonging your life by up to 5 years; decreases the risk of getting more than 40 major diseases; and significantly improves your mental health and wellbeing.

“At the Home of Golf there are really affordable opportunities to play, brilliant opportunities for the local community to get involved and participate in the game in so many different ways. And, of course, these grounds are open to non-golfers too, where they can walk the paths and even the Old Course itself on a Sunday, really encouraging people to sit less and walk more.”  

Euan Loudon, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said: “It is great to see this campaign resonating with so many people, really pushing forward the health benefits of golf that have existed for hundreds of years in our sport but have perhaps never been truly realised and articulated as they have been this week.

“We now have robust scientific evidence that golf delivers health benefits for a wide range of people. At the Home of Golf, we are hugely proud of the accessibility of the place and the efforts we undertake to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers of all ages and ability to take part in the sport. We have a proud history of engaging with the local community and encouraging people to use the Links for health-enhancing physical activity, which continues through to present day."

“We are delighted to play our part in supporting Golf and Health Week and will continue to look at new opportunities to encourage more people to take part in our fantastic sport and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits it offers.”

Professional golfers including Annika Sorenstam, Brooke Henderson, Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson, who are ambassadors for the Golf and Health Project, have also backed the campaign.

The dedicated week builds on the work of the Golf and Health Project, which since 2016 has studied the many and varied health and wellbeing benefits of golf, considered any risks and had research published regularly in international, peer-reviewed journals.

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