Ok, so you already know there are lots of surprising health benefits gained from playing golf, but did you know that playing golf in a group adds a slew of other advantages? Groups play for a variety of reasons.

It’s a fantastic social activity, a competitive sport, or they may play just for the fun of it. No matter the reason, playing golf with others is a good idea. Here are other reasons to get your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues together to play:

Stimulates fellowship

Fellowship isn’t something you only find at church. It’s a friendly feeling amongst those who are doing something together as a group. Any group of people who have a shared interest in something (like golf, for example) will experience more fellowship opportunities than those who have more singular interest. This can result in wonderful friendships that strengthen over time.

Creates friendly competition

A little healthy competition is good for you. Why? Because it makes you strive to be a better player. When playing golf with a group of people, it’s only natural to want to be the best -- and to want to win. As a result, you’ll want to do things to improve your game. You’ll find yourself educating yourself, and other fellow golfers, on tips and tricks that work best. This not only perfects your game but also yourself as an admired team player.

Boosts social growth

Anytime you are part of a team, it’s an opportunity to grow socially. A golf course has a clubhouse where people often interact before and after their game. Also, due to the nature of the game, golfers can interact socially between shots. All of these interactions with people on your team, as well as those from other teams, are a great chance to grow your social networks. Not only that, playing golf stimulates cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution, allowing players to appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses. All benefits in a healthy, social relationships.

Increases social capital

What’s social capital? The University of Minnesota definition of social capital is this: “Social capital is the value that comes from social networks, or groupings of people, which allow individuals to achieve things they couldn't on their own.” Golf in a group setting not only helps to boost your social growth (as mentioned above) but it also helps to establish stronger connections and trust-based networks with other families, communities, and organizations. Essentially, it helps to reinforce the quality of those all-important relationships. The more social capital you have, the more access you have to information, ideas, business opportunities, emotional support, cooperation, goodwill, trust and more.

As you can see, playing golf with a group certainly has its advantages. So get your gang together and call us at (800) 505-GOLF to set up a tee time and a great group rate.

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