Will You be Spending This Thanksgiving on a Golf Course?
You are feeling happy. You just went over the proposed Thanksgiving menu with both your daughter and your husband. The initial list consisted of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving slaw, rolls. and apple pie. Your daughter requested that you add Brussels sprouts, and you could not be more excited that she wants a vegetable that when properly prepared has become a family favorite. Your husband requested your homemade cranberry sauce, adding, “It’s just not Thanksgiving dinner without your homemade cranberry sauce!” This request melted your heart.
You may be planning to spend this Thanksgiving at a golf resort where you are guaranteed warm weather, but it is nice to know that even though you will be far from home and the cold winter weather, your family still wants to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Golf Vacations Make for the Perfect Thanksgiving Getaway for Many Families
If you have spent these first very cold weeks of winter weather practicing on the best golf simulator for home or office, you might really be looking forward to a Thanksgiving vacation where you can get our on a real course. Whether you are someone who spends your entire winter in a place where you can golf and play tennis or you are someone who is preparing for a once in a lifetime golf trip this winter, there is a real satisfaction knowing that you are able to be out on the course hitting balls when the rest of your friends back home are stuck shoveling snow.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the popularity of golf and the impact that this sport has on the nation’s economy:
- As a whole, golf generates more than $3.9 billion in charitable giving every year.
- The average driving distance for 2017 was 220.0 yards, according to a study from Arccos.
- As many as 2.2 million people took up the game of golf in the year 2015.
- A standard 18-hole golf course covers approximately 125 to 150 acres of land, so this sport offers a great way to get a good deal of exercise.
- In the last 25 years, the average USGA handicap for a man has improved from 16.3 to 14.4, which is nearly two full strokes.
- During that same time period, handicaps for women dropped from 29.7 in 1991 to 26.1 in 2016.
Unfortunately, fewer than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only 33% of adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week. Golf is one way to reverse that trend. Especially if you are someone who walks, instead of riding a cart, you can get the exercise that you need while improving your game. Finding a way to get out on a course at least once or twice even during the cold winter months back home can be especially good for your mental health.