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A cursory look at Golf internationally, shows that the game is on the upsurge and previous acronym that the game is for the privileged and the rich is being reviewed   and discarded. The impact of Golf is felt I n three areas, Health,  Environment and Economic.   In general , this reveals a trove of benefits contrary to previous  misconceived   ideas  about the game.


HEALTH  AND  HUMAN  BENEFITS  


It is documented that the best exercise  for  good  health is  the  minimum of  30mins  walk three times a week. This is easily achievable through golf , a  game that  is  easily  for all ages and a game of life  for  life.

 


Golf is really a healthy game. During a game of Golf, you swing mini weights, you exercise your joints, bending, walking, and you walk diverse   terrain, flat, hillsides and knolls.
The mind constitutes 60% of the game golf.   The game trains you in the powers of concentration, integrity, self control, determination, emotions of joy and disappointment and how to handle all these avalanche of emotions.

 

The  spirit  of  compassion  is  imbued  into  participants of  this  noble  game ..
Golf is , a mass participation game contrary  to other sports which are  spectator sports.  It helps you burn calories regularly at one’s ability hence the innovative way players are given Handicaps to give all players equal chances of winning Tournaments.   

 


At the Professional level, it is unique to find the young and old, early twenties and over fifty years Golfers competing in the same Tournament. . It is unprecedented compared to all other sporting disciplines and really is  a game  for  all ages
At the worst ,  where walking becomes compromised players can be helped with buggies that carry them  around the course. 

 


Temperamentally the game relaxes you despite going through all sorts of emotions, - ie joy,  disappointment, hope, success and winning.In Golf there is always more than one winner. It is documented that as one grows old one of the best  therapeutic  options is to join a Golf Club, seek camaradie.

 


The  best  present  you  can give  your  child  is  to  introduce  him or  her  to  Golf. The game is used as a vehicle  for  Youth Development , teaching  the  kids essential   life  skills   eg.  First Tee Program  of USA.

 

This involves   orientating kids in life lessons and teaching them how to be good responsible adults some day. This  Program  has established  nine core values that represent the positive values connected with golf. 

 


Quoting from the First Tee program these values are “HONESTY, INTEGRITY, SPORTSMANSHIP, RESPECT, CONFIDENCE, RESPONSILITY, PERSEVRANCE, COURTESY AND JUDGEMENT”.

 

1. Honesty - the quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive.
        Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves             and report their own score.

 


2. Integrity – strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and               independence. Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for           their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may             not be looking.


3. Sportsmanship – observing the rules of play and winning or losing with grace. Players             must know and abide by the rules of golf and be able to conduct themselves in a kind           and respectful manner towards others even in a competitive game.

 


4. Respect – to feel or show deferential regard for; esteem. In golf it is important to                   show respect to oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course,                        and for the honor and traditions of the game.

 


5. Confidence – reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance. 
        Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves. Players can increase           confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing           well regardless of the outcome.


6. Responsibilities – accounting for one’s actions; dependable. 
        Players are responsible for their actions on the golf course. It is up to them to keep               score, repair divots, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the green, and keep up with the         pace of play.


7. Perseverance – to persist in and idea, purpose or task despite obstacles. 
        To succeed in golf, players must continue through bad breaks and their own mistakes,           while learning from past experiences.

 

8. Courtesy – considerate behavior toward others; a polite remark or gesture. 
        A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors.               Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.

 

9. Judgment – the ability to make a decision or form an opinion; a decision reached after           consideration.
        Using good judgment is very important in golf. It comes into play when deciding on               strategy, club selection, when to play safe and when to take a chance, the type of shot           players consider executing, as well as making healthy choices on and off the golf                   course.  

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Golf is synonymous with greenery and is one of the environmentally friendly games. The average Golf course, cultivates, grass, trees and landscapes the  terrain called Golf course, planting different species of trees, short, bushy, shrubby and different types of grass.
The nature of the game demands that the course is kept mowed and kept in playable state therefore beautifying  the  enviroment In most cities Worldwide, Golf  Courses  form  the Green zones of the cities.Golf is the only game where Tree planting is part  of  the option , providing  a healthy environment  which  in  some  situations  serves  as a  fire  belt  around properties.

 

ECONOMIC   IMPACT  

 

 

Golf is a mass participatory as well as a spectator sport of  millions  of  its  enthusiasts.  It is estimated that more  than 28 million Americans play  golf,  a population that  surpasses  the total  population  of  Ghana.

 


 Indeed in  America the game  of  golf  is  a leading  industry player   with  immense  positive  contributions  contrary  to  the  accolade  tagged  to  golf in  Ghana  as  a game  for the  rich. The golfing  population in Ghana  number  a couple  of  thousands and  indeed  investment  into  this  sector  of  sport  is  long  overdue.

 


Golf  is so much more than just a game. It is a significant industry, a major contributor to the American economy and to the economic vitality of individual states. GOLF 20/20 published its first national report in 2002, which demonstrated that golf in 2000 was a $62 billion industry, bigger than the motion picture and recording industries combined. A follow-up report in 2007 confirmed that golf had grown to become a $76 billion industry, with a total impact on the U.S. economy in 2005 of $195 billion.

 


Additionally, the recent report indicates that golf is responsible for contributing about $3.5 billion annually to charities across the country in the USA, more than any other sporting activity.
  



This  makes  golf a larger  than  life  industry estimated  to be larger  in  the  US  than  the motion picture and  video  business ; larger than the  performing  arts,  newspaper  industry  and  other  spectator  sports.

 


Compiled by Dr  Felix K. Frempong, President, Ghana Golf Association


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