Expect to walk between 3 and 6 miles while golfing.
Play a round of regulation 18-hole golf on most courses and you'll walk anywhere between 3 and 6 miles, depending on the length of the course, how much walking you do before and after your game, and how often you have to wander off course in search of lost balls. You can better estimate how far you'll walk while playing a round of golf using a simple calculation that translates golf course yardage into miles.
A regulation 18-hole golf course should be between 6,200 and 7,000 yards. To calculate how many miles you walk from the first tee to the 18th tee, multiply the number of yards by three (the number of feet in a yard) and then divide the result by 5,280 (the number of feet in a mile). For example, a 6,500-yard golf course is equal to 19,500 feet (6,500 x 3) or 3.69 miles (19,500 divided by 5,280).
Not all walking during a round of golf takes place between the first and the 18th tee. Richard Fellner, who has reviewed golf courses around the world, says using golf course yardage to estimate how far you walk during a round of golf ignores the walking you do prior to starting, such as walking from the clubhouse to the practice tee, as well as the walking you do while you play, such as from your cart to the tee box. To refine your estimate for how far you walk while playing a round of golf, add a little extra to your yards-based calculations. For example, adding 1,000 yards to your estimate, for a 6,500-yard golf course, increases how far you walk during a round of golf from 3.69 miles to 4.26 miles.
To precisely measure how far you walk during a round of golf, wear a pedometer, which will measure how many steps you take. Measuring how many steps you take from the moment you get out of your car to the moment you get back into it will give you a precise accounting of how far you walked during that round of golf. Typically, walking 1,000 steps is equal to walking about a half a mile. Walking 7,000 steps during a round of golf is equal to walking 3.5 miles.
Walking at least 30 minutes every day can result in a host of health benefits, according to the American Council on Exercise. Walking every day can help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, increase your energy and stamina, help you reach weight-loss goals and improve bone strength. Next time your ball lands in the rough, thinking those extra steps you'll walk from your cart to the ball will help improve your overall health may take the sting out of finishing above par.