PUBLISHED: 07:40 09 June 2014 | UPDATED: 07:40 09 June 2014
Getting into golf could do you good - and not just in the stereotypical way of meeting the right business people out on the links!
With dozens of beautiful courses around the county, Norfolk has a club to suit all ages, abilities and budgets – whether you want to become a member, take some lessons, or play casually.
May is National Golf Month, with a range of open days, beginners’ and improvers’ courses, taster sessions and membership offers. Here, for instance, the Norfolk Ladies’ Golf Association is currently running a series of Golf For Girls sessions.
Peter Johns, club manager, of Eaton Golf Club in Norwich shares his 10 reasons why everyone should give golf a try.
1 It is great exercise – completing an 18-hole course can take three or four hours and most courses cover a large area, and there can be five to six miles’ walking.
2 The exertion of swinging the clubs and carrying your bag around is beneficial for your heart, muscles and flexibility.
3 It helps in focusing the mind as you need excellent concentration and patience, and it is a great way to ease away the stresses of life.
4 Even if you are not the best player, playing golf is a good way of making new friends. Most clubs hold a programme of social events from barbecues and dinners to bridge nights, darts and fun competitions.
5 Enjoy the mental challenge of testing yourself, either by wanting to improve or by competing against others.
6 Golf teaches great discipline. There are rules and regulations to learn and follow and you can push yourself through practice and learning new methods.
7 Because it spans the generations, it is a wonderful way to spend time with other family members doing something that you all enjoy – grandchildren and grandparents can play together.
8 Being out in the fresh air all year round raises your spirits and benefits your health.
9 It is a great way to connect with nature and the great outdoors. Most courses are in beautiful locations – from the coast to rural unspoilt countryside.
10 You never stop learning – there are so many variables, skills and techniques to master, it will continue to challenge you mentally for as long as you are playing.
Eaton Golf Club, Newmarket Road, Norwich, NR4 6SF; 01603 451686; www.eatongc.co.uk