It is seen as a given that physical exercise has many benefits on our physical health, but aside from calories burned, we tend to forget that sport can also do wonders for our mental health.

Golf is a perfect example – it promotes social interaction, requires concentration and focus, and is played outdoors – usually in attractive lush settings. Furthermore, it is a sport that is suitable for almost everyone, of all ages.

Mitchelstown Golf course, is situated in an attractive location with green rolling hills, a gurgling river, a small pond, fabulous views of the Galtees and well maintained fairways and greens.

It is well recognised that undergoing exercise in rural (and pleasant urban landscapes) produces a greater positive effect on one’s self-esteem and self-worth than just exercising alone in a gym.

So, after a day’s work, or for a weekend treat, a few hours at a well-maintained golf course could do wonders for your well-being, reduce stress levels, and help prevent, or counter, depression. The benefits of exercise and fresh air on quality of sleep are also well known.

Golf is a sport that promotes sociability; golfers usually play with up to 3 other individuals (discussing anything and everything and in general putting the world to right and sharing stories and jokes). It provides individuals with the opportunity to meet others, make friends, and enhance relationships. It helps to avoid feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The World Health Organisation found that positive interpersonal interactions and social participation are crucial protective factors in preventing mental health problems. The beneficial effects of exercise on reduction in risk of Alzheimers disease is also well-documented.

In addition, the physical benefits of playing golf are well recognised and never to be ignored. Golf promotes cardio-vascular and respiratory health and reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is of proven benefit in reducing weight, improving balance and muscle endurance, and helps to improve control of Type 2 diabetes.

Some studies have shown good evidence to suggest that golf can increase life-expectancy by up to 5 years and certainly (but as importantly), we can at least anticipate an improvement in quality of life.