Point O'Woods: A course that taps into well-being through the serenity of sports

2014-05-11T13:27:00Z Point O'Woods: A course that taps into well-being through the serenity of sports
May 11, 2014 1:27 pm  • 

An instinctive bond exists between humans and other living systems that is necessary for both physical and emotional well-being. And the beauty of Point O’Woods, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. masterpiece, is the ideal environs for such a bond. The course, one of Jones’ favorites in the United States, is known for its walkability--a great way to combine the healthy aspects of a serene natural setting and rigorous exercise. According to the Walker Research Group, walking an 18-hole round while carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is about equal to a 5-mile walk for a total caloric expenditure of approximately 2,000 calories.

Golf cart riders burn some 1300 calories for an 18-hole round. Comparable benefits from other forms of exercise include strength training for 2 hours and 45 minutes; aerobic activity for 2 hours and 10 minutes or jogging on a treadmill for 2 hours and 10 minutes. None of these help the commune with nature.

And that’s the way Jones wanted his courses. The concept of a course compelling daring play while hewing to the natural topography and creating a golf-scape that is also a work of art were all part of the plan. The park like atmosphere, with its rolling terrain weaving past challenging greens, strategic hazards and the stands of venerable trees (some 6600 in all) were all part of the plan 60 years ago when Jones laid out the course.

The Walker group also found that older golfers tend to have better static and dynamic balance control and confidence than non-golfing older healthy adults and that regardless of handicap, sex or course played, golfers exceed 10,000 steps during a typical round of golf – which meets the guideline for exercise recommended by most medical and clinical physicians.

Point O’Woods also offers other healthy advantages. Their large size pool is perfect for lap swimming while the restaurant at the newly renovated clubhouse offers farm to table menu items as well as those that are heart healthy and gluten free.

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