Golf Course Rules

Calories Burned Playing Golf

Walking a golf course while carrying your bags can help burn calories.

Golf is an enjoyable game; it provides an opportunity for social outings and is also a great way to get in some beneficial exercise. In fact, according to Shapefit, an online health and nutrition advice site, whether you are walking the course, taking a cart, or simply hitting some balls at the range, playing golf is a leisurely way to burn some extra calories.

Walking vs. Cart

It comes as no surprise that golfers will burn more calories during a round on the course should they choose to walk over using a cart. A 190-pound golfer will burn approximately 130 more calories per hour (431 to 302) pulling their own clubs on a wheeling device than by taking a cart. Should a player elect to carry their clubs, the total number of calories burned per hour jumps to 474. Considering an average nine-hole outing takes between two to three hours, golfers may burn upwards of 300 more calories total by carrying or pulling their clubs.

Taking a Cart

A 130-pound golfer will burn approximately 207 calories per hour while taking a cart, compared to 246 for a 155-pound golfer and 302 calories per hour for a 190-pound golfer. That means that over a nine-hole round, which is likely to take around two hours with a cart, golfers burn between 400 to 700 calories per outing.

Pulling Clubs

A 130-pound golfer will burn approximately 295 calories per hour while pulling their clubs on a wheel-accessible device, compared to 352 for a 155-pound golfer and 431 calories per hour for a 190-pound golfer. That means that over a nine-hole round, which is likely to take around 2 1/2 hours while pulling clubs, golfers burn between 700 to 1,100 calories per outing.

Carrying Clubs

A 130-pound golfer will burn approximately 325 calories per hour while carrying their clubs, compared to 387 for a 155-pound golfer and 474 calories per hour for a 190-pound golfer. That means that over a nine-hole round, which is likely to take around 2 1/2 hours while carrying clubs, golfers burn between 800 and 1,200 calories per outing.

Driving Range

Before hitting the course, some golfers will first take to the driving range. Fortunately, this serves as another way to burn calories. A 130-pound golfer will burn approximately 177 calories per hour on the range, compared to 211 for a 155-pound golfer and 259 calories per hour for a 190-pound golfer.

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