A few years ago, Scottsdale based-Troon Golf unveiled a new “Play Troon” initiative called TroonFIT, with a goal to incorporate a culture of health and fitness. The initiative includes the addition of healthy options within the clubs restaurants, developing new ways to use the golf facilities for fitness related activities, hosting on-course fun runs promoting more walking rounds of golf. It is widely reported that the latter of which can be in excesses of 10,000 steps and 4-5 miles.
Well how long EXACTLY is it to walk some Arizona favorites? Troon’s Digital Communications Manager, Ricky Potts who is a fitness fanatic recently walked many Troon area clubs recently to find out. He used his FitBit to track steps and miles and only tracked steps/miles from the first tee to the 18th green (ie he didn’t include steps from the parking lot to the clubhouse, etc). What did he uncover?
Actual Steps and Miles for Arizona Courses
So in actuality, a walking round of golf is far greater than 10,000 steps and the aforementioned 4-5 mile range. According to The Walker Research Group commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and Golf 20/20, other benefits of walking a round of golf include the fact that you burn roughly 2000 calories when walking, blood glucose levels fall anywhere from 10% to 30% depending on age and when you exceed 10,000 steps during a round of golf you will meet the recommended guidelines for daily exercise.
Potts can attest to these benefits and more. “When playing golf, I prefer to walk. First off, I play better when I walk,” stated Potts. “Having played high school and college golf, we didn’t have a choice. We had to carry our clubs back then, too, but today I prefer to take a push cart! Past that, walking 18 holes equates to several miles walked. Research shows that a golfer will burn twice as many calories walking than riding in a cart during a normal round of golf. To a guy that is obsessed with weight loss and counting calories, that is important to me for my overall health and wellness.”
For more information on TroonFIT and Play Troon initiatives visit www.PlayTroon.com