Golf is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life! It teaches discipline, etiquette, and versatility, skills which are transferrable to other aspects of life. If you have you recently retired and are looking for something to fill your days, or perhaps you’ve had an interest since a young age and are looking for a way to fine-tune your skills, golf trips in Ireland are a great option. Here’s why you should consider golfing on your first trip as a retiree:
It’s a great exercise for seniors:-
While it’s obviously not the most physically demanding sport, it’s a great way to do some non-strenuous, low-impact exercise, especially when you’re getting older. Did you know that golfers walk 6-miles on an average 18-hole round? Courses are not level so you’re walking uphill, downhill and through all types of terrains. While you don’t need to be in peak physical condition, flexibility and strength are important attributes for all golfers, regardless of ability. You need to have a good range of movement to achieve distance and prevent injury.
It can be a source of relaxation:
Have you ever wondered why golfing is popular among the retired and older generations? Simply because it’s so relaxing! Retirees have a lot more free time than workers or people with young families and the most important thing to do when you retire is enjoy it. There is nothing nicer than enjoying 12-rounds on a scenic golf course, surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of nature. Tulfarris Hotel in Wicklow is an example of a truly picturesque course, allowing you to enjoy the pristine lawns and the surrounding beauty of nature.
It establishes comradery:-
It’s well known that golf is an individual sport, one where you can enjoy some peace and time alone, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Golf is a versatile game which can be played alone, with two, three or even four friends. It’s a great way to switch off from the outside world and spend a couple of hours alone with your friends, chatting, laughing and of course a bit of friendly competition never hurt!
It sharpens the mind:-
Ok, so you’re not practicing algebra, but golfing is a great way to keep your mind active as well as your body. People often ask if golfers get bored of playing the same course over and over, but the answer is a resounding no, especially when you’re playing on one as beautiful as Tulfarris. Each round is different, the conditions change, the company and conversation change daily, and your play varies from day-to-day. Each time something changes, your mind must refocus and re-center your body to adapt to these new conditions. You also have to keep track of your shots and work out your final score based on your handicap.
Your golfing skills are practised:-
While you don’t need a course to practice your golfing skills, a golfing trip is a great way to spend some time dedicated to the greatest sport in the world. Being away from your usual course of environment, you’ll have better concentration and focus. You can enjoy a few days focused on perfecting your swing, building your stamina and adding a few extra yards to your drive. Thanks to the handicap system, it’s possible to practice and play with golfers of all different ages and abilities on a level playing field which is good for competition.
You enjoy the 19th Hole:-
Sometimes the best part of a round of golf is the 19th hole! If you’ve never heard this expression, think about where you’d usually go after a round of golf with your buddies to unwind and dissect your game. Luckily Irish Hotels are often aware of this and like Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, have a fantastic bar to complement their fantastic course! After your round, head back to your luxury accommodation in Wicklow and enjoy a well-deserved round of another sort in the Elk Bar.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a full-time travel blogger which means writing adventures, travel spots, and accommodation reviews is her bread and butter. She currently writes for Tulfarris Hotel Wicklow, one of the most picturesque hotels and golf resorts in the city.