We have sought to: raise awareness of the health benefits of golf to encourage interest in participation by people of all ages and abilities; improve the sport’s image; and increase advocacy for golf by government agencies and public health bodies.
Working with the likes of the World Health Organization (WHO), the DP World Tour, other golf organisations and respected sports medics like Dr Andrew Murray, we have been involved in new scientific research in the following areas:
sponsoring the First International Congress on Golf and Health in London in 2018 and delivering an International Consensus Statement on Golf and Health
the sole funder of a Strength and Balance Study
supporting a Spectator Study
supporting activity to highlight golf’s benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic
launching ‘Golf is Good’, a new global participation project piloted in Wales in 2022 featuring R&A global ambassador Gareth Bale using cutting-edge animation (73% of current on-course golfers were likely to play more golf because of the campaign)
Golf and Health - Case Studies
Golf’s widespread physical, mental and social health benefits have been brought to life in a number of case studies from around the world.
The Golf on Prescription pilot in Fife has the potential to grow further in 2023, according to leading medics involved in the programme.
The message that golf is open to all has to go out loud and clear.
“Golf is a lifetime sport, people can start off fairly early on in childhood and carry on for quite a long time, even with some disabilities, so we think the sport is a good exemplar to encourage people to be more active.”
Frank SullivanProfessor of Primary Care Medicine and Medical School Director of Research at the University of St Andrews
Golf’s widespread physical, mental and social health benefits have been brought to life in a new video series from The R&A in which broadcaster and presenter Iona Stephen uncovers how playing the sport can help you become fitter, healthier and happier. At a time when record numbers are now playing golf worldwide, ‘Iona Investigates’ is a three-part series where Stephen learns how people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are reaping the rewards of playing the sport.