The Game

Golf is "a game of a lifetime." It is enjoyed by all ages and abilites, that is why this game is so outstanding! Which ever level you are at with the game or just starting, seek golf coaching from teaching professional, Seiko Matsumura at the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, located in Mission Viejo, California!



  1. It’s okay to not keep score.

  2. It’s okay to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150 yard marker.

  3. It’s okay to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little. It’s okay to tee the ball up anywhere when you are first learning.

  4. It’s okay to only count swings when you make contact with the ball.

  5. It’s okay to throw the ball out of a bunker after one try.

  6. It’s okay to forget about a ball that may be lost or out of bounds. It’s okay to drop a ball where you think it might be...or where you wanted it to be.

  7. It’s okay to play a scramble with your group...scrambles are very popular.

  8. It’s okay to just chip and putt on a hole when you feel like it.

  9. It’s okay to pick up in the middle of the hole and enjoy the outdoors and scenery.

  10. It’s okay to skip a hole if you need to take a break.

  11. It’s okay to play less than 9 or 18-holes and call it a round of golf.

  12. It’s okay to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies.

  13. It’s okay to hit the same club for the entire round, while using a putter on the putting green.

  14. It’s okay to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!

  15. It’s okay to get enthusiastic! (High fives, fist pumps and big smiles are encouraged)

  16. It’s okay to talk on the golf course...enjoy a nice conversation or tell a few jokes.

  17. It’s okay to bring your kids to the course, whether they are 5 or 35.

  18. It’s okay to PLAY GOLF JUST FOR FUN! -Taken from Play Golf America

Health through Movement

Did you know?

  • Golf players who carry their bags while walking the course burn 721 calories on average.
  • Players who travel the course using pull-carts actually burn 718 calories on average.
  • Golfers who walk the course, but have caddies carry their bags burn 613 calories on average.
  • Those who ride in golf carts throughout the game still burn an average of 411 calories.

According to Better Health Channel, the three main health benefits of playing golf are:

  1. Helps you stay fit
  2. Improves your endurance and muscle tome
  3. Assists with losing body fat and unwanted calories


7 Benefits of Golfing, According to Players

Golf has quickly become a popular sport all over the globe. Players of all ages, walks of life, social standings and geographic locations find solace in a good game of golf. Here are seven health benefits of playing golf, as told by various golfers:
1. Reduces Stress – It’s been said that playing a round of golf releases endorphins. These are all-natural, powerful, mood-enhancing “drugs” within our brains. Basically, golfing helps you relax, reducing stress, which can effect health drastically.
2. Stimulates Blood Circulation – Some suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation with your brain. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay dementia onset.
3. Improves Mortality Rate – A Swedish Study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports concluded that golf just may affect life expectancy. According to the publication, of those who play golf regularly, there was a 40% decrease in mortality rates. That’s an increase of a 5-year life expectancy.
4. Helps You Get a Better Night’s Sleep – It’s during sleep when our bodies heal most. Therefore, any activity that causes us to sleep well, naturally, is good for our health. Between walking the course, lugging your bag, prepping and swinging, you’ll get enough of a physical workout to fall asleep fast and stay sleep all night long.
5. Improves Vision – It takes pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball. Each time you take a swing at it, you get the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of your vision. This is especially true when you’re trying to figure out where your ball has landed.
6. Gets Your Bladder Trained – This one was a bit surprising to hear from golfers. But, it deserves noting. Those frequent visits from your friendly course beer-cart girl can give your bladder a run for its time. The longer you learn to hold it, the more you strengthen the capacity of your bladder. And, as noted by some women golfers, it’s also an effective way to strengthen leg muscles, especially in the thighs. Those crouching maneuvers used by those who can’t “hold it” are a unique way of doing leg exercises.
7. Stimulates the Heart – Remember that any form of physical exercise helps to get your adrenaline going. This, in turn, gets the blood pumping to your heart, strengthening it naturally. Exercising for just 30 minutes each day can help you lower your blood pressure by up to 5-7 points. Workouts also help you improve your cholesterol, lose weight and lower risks of getting heart disease.


So what are you waiting for? Get out and play!

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