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Are you looking for something new to do? Is your child eager to take up a new sport? Look no further than golf! Currently on the rise as a socially distant sport, more people are learning golf than ever before. Here in Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie, there are a number of different golf courses to visit so you can improve your game.

If you are unsure where to go to learn how to play this amazing game, look no further than the Indian River Golf Foundation. We are proud to offer lessons and events that will help any type of golfer, from the novice to the expert.

Learn to Play Golf – 3 Great Reasons

If you’d like to learn to play golf, you’ve come to the right place. Golf is a great sport for both children and adults. If you are looking for a low impact but highly beneficial hobby to take up, look no further than the game of golf! It is a great way to exercise, socialize, and learn new skills. Golf is challenging both physically and mentally and you can play it on your own! Here at Indian River Golf Foundation, we have many great programs to help you learn to play golf and build skills that last a lifetime. 

There are a number of different benefits to learning the game of golf. However, there are three that stand out in particular. Here is why:

Learn to Play Golf

Lifelong Playability

Golf is a game you can play for your whole life. You don’t have to be a perfect physical specimen to play a good round of golf. While physical fitness can help your golf game, many young, fit players are often embarrassed by older players who have superior technique and mastery of the game. 

Because of this, golf is a game you can play and enjoy for decades. Unlike dangerous contact sports like football or basketball, golf doesn’t take nearly as much of a physical toll on the body. While golf injuries can and do occur, they are much less frequent and less severe than injuries from sports like football or motocross.


Golf is a great way to get some exercise! While it is not a high-intensity activity, golfers do a lot of walking. The University of Edinburgh research suggests that playing golf can actually increase life expectancy. Studies show that golfers walk around 11,000 to 17,000 steps over the course of an 18 hole round of golf. Even if they use a golf cart, they still may walk up to 6,000 steps. 

Because golfers walk with a purpose and to play a game, it doesn’t even feel like exercise. You will be having a great time while also improving your health! Golf also increases flexibility, balance and strength. For older players especially, improved balance helps them minimize the risk of dangerous falls. According to Dr. Andrew Murray, golfers live around five years longer than those who do not play.

Mental Development

Golf is a game that is both physical and mental. Just ask anyone who plays regularly. Because golf is not a reactive sport like baseball, players are able to take their time when planning their shot and preparing to swing. This is both beneficial and detrimental depending on the player. 

While it is great to have time to prepare, oftentimes one can find themselves overloaded with concerns about executing their swing properly. This requires a sort of meditation when it comes to making a great golf shot. The body must be positioned properly. Your focus needs to be on the right things. Your hands have to be in the right place, and you have to choose the right clubs. 

All of these little things add up to make golf a serious mental game. Mastery of the game requires mastery of the mind. As a result, playing golf is a great way to stay sharp and train your mind to focus on what is important and filter out what isn’t. Researchers are continuing to find relationships between playing golf and the mental health benefits it provides.

Learn to Play Golf Today

If you are new to the game and interested in learning more, contact our team at Indian River Golf Foundation. We are based in the Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie area of Florida. The purpose of the Indian River Golf Foundation (IRGF) is to promote interest and awareness of local golfing opportunities and to encourage participation in programs that will lead to high levels of knowledge, player development, and service in the game of golf.

The Foundation builds upon TRADITIONS of the game supporting existing programs and establishing new BEGINNINGS in a wide range of affordable golf experiences. Training, Practices, and Competitions (TPC) are offered at all skill levels including Travel Golf Teams. 

The IRGF Players Club is designed for golfers of all ages, boys and girls. We believe that anyone can become great at golf! 

Young players are assisted by IRGF staff, PGA//LPGA professionals, and volunteer coaches. Advancing juniors have an opportunity to earn Volunteer Community Service Credits. The IRGF has a fine record of creating employment and education opportunities through character building and athletic scholarships.

Contact Us

For more information on our programs, call Indian River Golf Foundation at 772-713-9593. We are excited to speak to you about how the game of golf can be beneficial to you!