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How Many Calories Do You Burn Playing Golf?

First of all, Happy New Year, welcome to 2007!

Generally we all set some sort of resolutions for the New Year, which often seem to be forgotten rather quickly. One resolution that always seems to come up is to lose weight or to get in shape. I’m assuming that since you are here, on a golf site, you probably play golf. So how can we keep that New Years resolution going during the spring, summer and fall? Walk while you play golf!

I found this nifty site powered by google maps that calculate calories burned during a specific walk. So I made my specific walk a round at my regular golf course, Warrenbrook.

Warrenbrook Golf Course – 4.18 miles

You can do this with any course that shows up on google maps. Just jump to the location (I just did Warren, NJ, then searched for the course using the Satellite map). Click start recording, then just double click on the map at the first tee. Then just keep double clicking along the route you walk to play. I took pretty much a straight path, but you could always zig zag it around some, if you think you walk more :)

When you are done, you can click save this route, over on the left, and it will store the route, and give you a URL. Feel free to post it up as a comment here, and share your walk with us!

Be sure to turn on calorie counting, put in your weight, add 20-30lb for your bag (since I’m sure you will carry your bag if you’re trying to burn some calories) and see how many calories you burn during a round of golf! If you are taking a cart…well…I guess you already gave up on your New Years resolution! :D

For me, a walk on Warrenbrook, with my bag burns about 725 calories!


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9 comments for “How Many Calories Do You Burn Playing Golf?”

  1. Don’t know where you keep coming up with these little gems from, but they’re good!


    Sandringham Golf Course (with electric buggy) where I’ll be playing this Sunday. (the weight will be coming down ok… :) )

    Posted by Cal | January 3, 2007, 5:17 pm
  2. Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course.

    Posted by Andy | July 17, 2007, 2:33 pm
  3. So I forgot the link…haha. Here it is:


    Posted by Andy | July 17, 2007, 2:35 pm
  4. So just think if more golfers walked instead of carting? There would a lot more thin golfers playing golf right :) Sean, head on over to my blog and take part ;)

    Posted by Mike Pedersen Golf | November 6, 2007, 6:33 pm
  5. Walking with Cart at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, MN

    Almost 6 miles and over 1000 calories burned for this 205lb + 20lbs for the bag carried.


    Posted by Golfer Ben | August 15, 2008, 11:41 am
  6. the number of calories burned is actually higher because you r only counting the calories burned if you grabbed a bag and walked the your 18. It is not factoring in the eneregy of making swings and all the other things that make a round of golf take 3-4 hrs. and not the 1-1.5 it would take to just walk th course

    Posted by Eric | August 21, 2008, 7:55 pm
  7. Eric,

    I am not sure, I was wondering if it was actually a little ‘less’. Since you are not walking non-stop, you are giving your heart a chance to rest every 100-300 yards. So your heart rate should be low quite often during those 4 hours of play.

    Thoughts on that?


    Posted by Sean | August 25, 2008, 6:55 am
  8. @Sean

    Good point but I think your hardrate goes up again when you hit a shot. It should compensate…


    Posted by Hidde | April 1, 2009, 4:36 am
  9. Golf is like a walking version of interval training. You are constantly walking with weight on your back, stopping to hit a shot, picking it back up, and doing it all over again for about an hour and half.

    Posted by Travis | June 13, 2011, 11:48 am

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