18 Holes to a Healthier Life

From breathing in the fresh air and basking in the sun with the most incredible and inspiring views of nature as your backdrop to enjoying a fresh, healthy meal on the Pebblestone & Pub Patios overlooking the 1st or 10th tee or 18th green, you can be sure a round of golf at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club will have you feeling good, keeping fit and having fun.

Long gone are the days when golf was just about networking on a Friday away from the office or spending a casual afternoon with colleagues or friends. Today, one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep fit is to explore the many physical and mental health benefits the game has to offer.

As soon as you arrive at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club, you know this is a place that you won’t soon forget. From its challenging course that will test your mental and physical agility and have you reaching for every club in your bag to flexing those leg, hip and arm muscles as you take a swing, all the while marvelling at the majesty of the natural landscape and views of the Niagara Escarpment surrounding you, Crosswinds is the perfect place to de-stress and add years to your life. The Club is fully committed to making your golf experience simply the best. From their certified trainers to executive chefs to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Pro Shop, plus the stunning design of the course itself, every inch and blade of grass, every grain of sand, every manicured tee deck, every facility like the Grand Hall or patios overlooking the course, Crosswinds’ is committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes health and wellness for every golfer and for every occasion.

The benefits to mind, body, and spirit a round of golf can bring have been studied around the world. According to one such study, the Golf & Health Project, a study led by the World Golf Foundation at the University of Edinburgh, playing golf offers a host of physical health benefits for people  of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. The moderate physical activity that golf provides can help prevent and treat major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. Even with Crosswinds’ fleet of GPS-equipped golf carts at your beck and call to take you from tee to tee, you can still expect to get your heart pumping as you play a round. Plus, you have Crosswinds’ certified CGTF (Canadian Golf Teachers Federation) instructors to show you the proper form when taking a swing so you won’t ever get hurt, especially for you first-time golfers. Just book a private or semi-private lesson – you may not become a PGA Pro overnight but you’ll be having the time of your life.

In addition to the physical benefits playing golf can have, evidence suggests that golfers can actually live longer than non-golfers. Many golfers see marked improvements in self-esteem, self-worth and overall wellness. Increased exposure to sunshine and fresh air were found to be additional benefits. The physical aspects of golf could also help reduce the risk of anxiety, depression, and dementia, the researchers say. So the next time you want to feel good, just hit the links at Crosswinds.

Another aspect of our health that can deteriorate over time is our eyesight. Many of us mark time not by birthdays but by shifts in lens prescriptions and our first set of bifocals. By focusing on small items from a long distance, and continuously concentrating on small details, golf puts our vision to the test and improves our hand-to-eye coordination.

In addition to the benefits above are better sleep and, bonus points here, burning hundreds of calories! Even with Crosswinds’ fleet of carts to get you from tee to tee, between grabbing your clubs from the cart to setting up to take your first swing, every step you take means you’re getting your ticker pumping.

While the physical and mental benefits of golf are many, the greatest game’s greatest gift is its connection with nature. Nestled in the comfort and wonder of the Niagara Escarpment, Crosswinds Golf & Country Club boasts an 18-hole championship golf course on 200 breathtaking acres, close to the city yet miles from the urban chaos. Its rolling fairways framed by Kentucky bluegrass and freckled by glistening white sand bunkers provides the perfect backdrop for a dose of Vitamin D and some quiet contemplation as you take in the sweeping views.

The bottom line is that golf is as mentally stimulating as it is physically challenging, where you need all of your faculties from head to toe as you navigate your way through 18 holes. Golf is simply an excellent way to ensure a better, healthier version of us hits the links, season to season, and year to year. And Crosswinds is just the place to do it.


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