Among the many reasons golf can be an attractive recreational activity is the physical benefits involved, especially for players who choose to walk instead of taking a motorized cart.
Susan Bond has come up with a unique program that combines improving your golf game and getting in better shape. Bond, the secretary/treasurer of the New England PGA, is also head professional at Weekapaug Golf Club in Westerly, R.I.
“In order to keep my membership, especially my female members, excited about golf, I am continually looking for new ways to keep them involved. Recently, I started a ‘Take 3 Challenge,’ the concept of which was to combine golf instruction and fitness.
“I challenge the participants to lose 3 points off their handicap index, in addition to losing 3 pounds of weight. I decided to limit the challenge to 3 points and pounds to keep it manageable and obtainable for the participants.
“I have found that losing 3 points and pounds may be achieved easier than 5 or more, which helps keep the goal in reach and keeps the participants inspired.
“Each week during the challenge, I walk 3 miles with the group, in addition to time spent in our club’s fitness facility. I also work with the group members on their golf games to help them lower their handicap index.”