29 May 2017
- The average golf game racks up 13,234 stepsi, exceeding the daily 10,000 recommendation
- Golfers can burn 1,564 calories per gameii when they carry their golf clubs
- A game of golf amounts to 240 minutes of moderate intensity activity
Golf could be the perfect way to reach – or even exceed – recommended activity levels, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. A sport that is often overlooked, the charity points out that golfers are far more active than they are given credit for, averaging 13,234 steps every time they hit the golf course[i].
A single round of golf sees players walking for four to eight miles, taking between 11,245 and 16,667 steps[ii], and - when carrying golf clubs - burning 1,564 calories[iii]. A round of golf also amounts to 240 minutes of moderate intensity activity. The Department of Health recommends adults take at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week[iv].
Swing into action
Macmillan Cancer Support is inviting people to swing into action and take on their Longest Day Golf Challenge. Taking place in three weeks’ time, the Challenge will push enthusiasts to the absolute limit as they take on four rounds of golf during the longest day of the year, 21 June 2017.
With one round taking roughly four hours, challengers will be playing from sunrise (4.45am) through to sunset (21.21pm), using every minute of the 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight available to them. Clubbing together a team of four, contestants will play 72 holes, take some 300 shots and cover a good 20 miles, as they fundraise to support people affected by cancer.
TV presenter and golfing fan, Tim Lovejoy, says:
“Tackling 72 holes in one day will really test your golfing prowess but with a bunch of mates by your side and the knowledge that it’s all for a great cause, it will be a fantastic day.
“I know from personal experience the difference Macmillan can make to a family that is affected by cancer and I’d encourage any golf fan to sign up for the Longest Day Golf Challenge and help Macmillan to ensure no one faces cancer alone.”
The good times will be rolling on the fairways and players can expect a fun filled day. To take the pressure off the scoring, Macmillan Cancer Support have partnered with VPAR, the world’s leading golf app. Players will have access to digital scorecards and live leaderboards allowing them to see where they stand against all Longest Day Golf Challengers across the UK, in real-time.
Last year’s event saw over 3,000 teams tee off and raise over £1.5million for Macmillan Cancer Support. This could pay for nine Macmillan nurses for three years providing emotional, practical and financial support for people affected by cancer and their families.
Swing into action and sign up today to support people living with cancer by visiting www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0330 102 7900.
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About Longest Day Golf Challenge and monies raised
Last year’s event saw over 3,000 teams tee off and raise over £1.5million for Macmillan Cancer Support and the work it does to support people affected by cancer.
- £157,260 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for three years, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
- £448,553 raised could pay for a Macmillan Mobile Cancer Information Service bus to run for a year, offering free, confidential information and support to over 19,066 people.
- £1,008 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
There are approximately 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and for most, it will be the toughest fight they ever face. It’s a fight no one should face alone and Macmillan is working to ensure no one does. For more information about the charity’s services please visit www.macmillan.org.uk.
References and End Notes
[i] The estimated 13,234 steps per golf game is a weighted average using the average game duration of 4 hours and data from four source papers featured in the recent large-scale review paper: Murray A D, Daines L, Archibald D, et al.The relationships between golf and health: a scoping review, British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:12–19.
- Ref 29 – 14 men walked an average of 16,080 steps and 15 women walked an average of 16,667 steps
- Ref 49 – 13 men walked an average of 11,245 steps
- Ref 60 – 42 men and women walked an average of 11,948 steps
- Ref 61 – 130 men walked an average of 13,145 steps
[ii] Murray A D, Daines L, Archibald D, et al.The relationships between golf and health: a scoping review, British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:12–19
[iii] The Mayo Clinic estimates that a 91kg person playing golf and carrying their clubs can expect to burn 391 calories per hour. Using the average game duration of 4 hours Macmillan estimates 1,564 calories are burned in an average golf game http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/exercise/art-20050999?pg=2