The game of golf is an excellent way for senior adults to keep themselves active and in good health. Regardless of age, a person can continue to enjoy this sport, often doing so in the company of friends and family who may be much younger. There are not many sports that can be played by people of all generations who want to play on a level playing field but golf is one such sport. Because of the handicap system, individuals can compete with each other in a meaningful way regardless of their age or gender.
While golf is often seen as a sport of leisure, it has many benefits.
A day on the links once a week will give your heart and lungs a good workout. It also improves blood circulation and strengthens the knees, reducing the risk of knee problems. The constant twisting and swinging also helps to keep the muscles flexible and the bodies limber. It also enhances bone density thus preventing osteoporosis which is a common problem in old age.
Walking at least once a week for 18-holes gets the heart pumping. Playing a nine-hole course, golfers can burn up to 721 calories by walking and carrying their bag. Twice a week and you'll have burned 1,442 calories. While all sports carry a risk of injury, golf is one of the lowest in terms of risk for injury. There is no strenuous physical activity involved and the pace of the game is not too stressful.
Golf is also a great way to alleviate stress. Being in the outdoors in a calm, tranquil and beautiful surrounding, and interacting with friends and family is a great way to forget your troubles.
As mental alertness starts to decrease more rapidly with old age, playing golf helps senior adults to practice their concentration powers and mental sharpness. Golfers need to stay focused on the golf shots and determine distance, club selection and obstacles. This is helpful in keeping mental illnesses like dementia at bay.
Just because you're a senior, does not mean you can no longer enjoy the sporting life. Golf is a timeless game that does not discriminate against age.
Comprehensive Information for Lexington City Golf Courses.
Kearney Hill Golf Links
3403 Kearney Road | 253-1981
18 holes | Par 72 | 7,062 yards
Senior Rate (50 years and older) $17
A Pete and P.B. Dye design, Kearney Hill Golf Links is located in northwest Fayette County. Totally unlike any other golf course in the area, Kearney Hill Links has drawn rave reviews from golfers. It is a Scottish links-style course, characterized by open, rolling terrain, deep sand and grass bunkers, and a few trees. The wind is a very important factor in playing the course. Kearney Hill Links has been rated in the top 10 best golf courses in Kentucky by Golf Digest magazine.
Kearney has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary." Audubon International awards certification to recognize golf courses that protect the environment, conserve natural resources and provide wildlife habitats. In order to achieve this certification, a golf facility is required to demonstrate that it is maintaining the highest degree of environmental management standards in the following: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, Water Quality Management, and Outreach and Education.
Kearney Hill Golf Links is open year-round except for Christmas Day. The course is open for play 8 a.m. until dusk. Tee times are reserved seven days in advance.
Tates Creek Golf Course
1400 Gainesway Drive | 272-3428
18 Hole | Par 72 | 6,260 yards
Senior Rate (50 years and older) $9
The property is located on 125 acres in the heart of Gainesway Subdivision. The facility includes an aquatic center, a large banquet room and short game practice area. It also includes a golf shop and snack bar. The course is described as tight with sloping greens. There are water hazards on two holes. Tates Creek has an outing room that is ideal for business meetings as it offers privacy and it is a great place to have lunch and play golf.
Tates Creek is open year-round except for Christmas Day. The course opens for play 7:30 a.m. until dusk. Tee times are reserved seven days in advance.
Lakeside Golf Course
3725 Richmond Road | 263-5315
18 hole | Par 72 | 7,067 yards
Senior Rate (50 and older) $9
Lakeside Golf Course Lakeside Golf Course is a local favorite. The course opened in 1970 and has hosted every local and state event there is. Lakeside was also host to the Senior PGA Tour Monday Qualifier for the Bank One Classic in 1992. Lakeside features large greens, rolling terrain and 7,200 yards of golf course with Bent greens and Bluegrass tees, fairways and rough. Hole number nine is the longest par-5 in the state at over 600 yards. Amenities at Lakeside include a snack bar, professional golf shop, banquet room for 50 and a full line practice facility that includes two tees and three practice greens. Sitting on Jacobson Lake, the views are spectacular and the golf is challenging.
Lakeside is open year-round except for Christmas Day. The course opens for play 7:30 a.m. until dusk. Tee times are reserved seven days in advance.
Gay Brewer Jr. Course at Picadome
469 Parkway Drive | 288-2990
18 holes | Par 72 | 6,548 yards
Senior Rate (50 and older) $11
This facility, formerly known as the Campbell House Country Club, was built in 1927 as the first public golf course in central Kentucky. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government acquired it in 2000. This facility offers a fully stocked golf shop, banquet room, swimming pool and grill. It is a challenging old style course with small undulating greens and tree lined fairways with tight landing areas. It is truly a gem to have such a facility conveniently located in the downtown area.
Picadome is open year-round except for Christmas Day. The course opens for play 7:30 a.m. until dusk. Tee times are reserved seven days in advance.
Meadowbrook Golf Course
400 Wilson Downing Drive | 272-3115
18 Hole | Par 3 Course | Par 51
Senior Rate (50 and older) $8
Meadowbrook Golf Course is Lexington's oldest short course, featuring 18 holes of challenging short course design. Holes range in length from 87 yards to 270 yards. The small sloping greens and elevation changes will help to sharpen the skills of the best golfers or is the perfect place to try your hand at golf for the first time. If you are short on time and want to get some exercise what better way than to walk 18 holes in two hours. Meadowbrook is the perfect place to practice your short game, get some exercise outdoors or just enjoy a family day at the course. Golf carts are not available for use; Meadowbrook is walking only.
The course is open from March 1 until November 30.