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For those who love to golf, stress relief is as easy as booking a tee time and showing up. When the days are long and the worries of the “real world” hang heavily, head to Basking Ridge Country Club and find your inner Zen at one of the prettiest, most hospitable places in New Jersey.

Golf, Stress Relief, And The Overall Benefits Of Exercise

Even though over half of adults say they feel better about themselves after they’ve exercised, only 17% commit to working out daily. Though there are likely a lot of reasons, people today tend to live a more sedentary lifestyle — jobs that require sitting and lack of time being two of the most common — there’s one factor that can scuttle a workout before it even begins: boredom. Lifting weights or signing up for dance aerobics in a windowless gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but golf gets you out and about near other people and totally qualifies as exercise.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercise not only helps reduce fatigue and increase concentration, alertness, and overall cognitive function, it also produces endorphins that act as natural painkillers and stress reducers. Considering the average golfer takes about 11,948 steps per 18-hole round of golf (1,948 more than the recommended daily goal), hitting the green can be very good exercise indeed.

The Power Of Social Interaction

While numerous studies have linked isolation and depression, just as many scientists have published evidence that social interaction offers a significant boost to health and longevity. People who have a trusted circle of family and friends tend to live longer and feel better while doing it. Regular socialization helps reduce stress by:

  • Encouraging feelings of safety and security
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • Increasing oxytocin, a hormone that helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, encourages healthy responses to outside stressors
  • Offering an opportunity to vent problems rather than keeping them in

While golf is exercise, it’s also a forum for discussion. From good-natured jokes about your buddy’s questionable swing to more meaningful conversations about life and relationships, you can talk about almost anything as you strut from hole to hole.

The Great Outdoors As A Natural Stress Reliever

There has been a great deal of research into the healing power of Mother Nature, and the results are in: Being outdoors is good for our mental and physical well-being. In fact, soaking up the sun and tiptoeing through the tulips could even reduce your risk of mortality, and that’s nothing to sneeze at. A staggering 95% of participants in one study said they felt less depressed, less stressed, and less anxious after spending time in nature.

The Basking Ridge Country Club golf course is a scenic masterpiece with lush green fairways and an abundance of towering trees, providing visual interest and cover. Whether you’re strolling through the shifting fall foliage on your way to the next tee or looking out over the expertly manicured vista from your perch on the club’s patio, nature’s glory abounds.

An Easy Dose of Vitamin D 

Vitamin D plays an essential role in a healthy immune system, normal bone growth, and even developing a big, bright smile, but it’s also been tapped as a non-pharmaceutical way to fight depression and regulate mood.

There are three common ways to get vitamin D: food, supplements, and sunlight. Get out of the office and away from TV and tablets, and let your skin soak up some powerful UVB rays (they’re strongest around midday). Your body will do the rest.

Book Your Visit

Basking Ridge Country Club is a private establishment that offers a stunning getaway for members and their guests. From the 71-par course to the top-notch training facilities and the on-site restaurant, which is perfect for pre-golf snacks and post-play celebratory feasts, there are myriad ways to find peace and pleasure with friends, colleagues, and even competitors. For more information on membership or to schedule a tour, contact us online or directly at (908) 766-8200.