For us Canadians who have no clue what a mile is, it is about 1.6kms. So a 5 mile walk is just over 8kms.
Last Sunday I decided to find out for myself and started up my endomondo app on my galaxy S5 and galaxy gear fit watch to test out the claims.
As you can see from above, it took me just over 4 hours to the walk 18 holes or 8.44km. I played the whites so the course length was right around 6,000 yards.
My calorie calculation was just over 1,500, but that is an estimate based on my height, weight and how long I was out doing the activity. My next attempt I am going to wear my heart rate monitor to get a more accurate reading of calories (any way you get it calories is always an estimate).
Lastly, my steps. I don’t have an hour by hour breakdown, but my total step count for the day was over 13,000. On a normal day I am around 5,000. So, I am thinking my round of golf was somewhere around 8,000.
And I shot 78 not bad for round 1.
If I take last year, I played 70 rounds, on which I probably walked 50-60%. The course length I normally play is a bit longer at 6,500 yards. So, at a minimum , last year I walked 295kms of golf, burned 53,000 calories (assuming I still burn some calories when I cart) and took 280,000 steps + steps took during cart rounds.
I think from a personal perspective, playing golf is certainly having a positive health benefit.
See you at the turn,