Marriott Golf Kicks Off Florida Walking Program

By: Tim McDonald


Last week, I wrote about a new walking course at Innisbrook, and about what great exercise golf can be if you get out of the cart and hoof it.

The game has gotten away from walking, particularly here in the U.S., which is a shame. Too many golf clubs discourage walkers because they want to get as many golfers through the gates as they can.

In Florida, though, there are a ton of walker-friendly courses, and Marriott Golf has kicked it up a notch.

Marriott launched its Walk for Health program earlier this year at 10 golf resorts nationwide and four of those properties are here in Florida: Grande Pines Golf Club and Grande Vista Resort, both in Orlando, Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and Marco Island Resort in Naples.

All you have to do is say you want to walk and they'll give you the use of a lightweight, eco-friendly walking cart made by Bag Boy. These aren't the old-timey push carts your father might have used; they're three-wheeled, ergonomic carts that are easy to maneuver.

Various studies have confirmed the obvious physical benefits of walking: You burn more than twice as many calories walking than riding.

And for you skeptics, here's another powerful reason for walking: studies have also shown golfers shoot lower scores when walking. That's because you have more time to think about your upcoming shot and to study the terrain more closely as you approach your ball.

Then there's the aesthetics. Each of the Marriott properties are certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, which means they take extra care in protecting native wetlands, natural areas and wildlife habitats.

In other words, you enjoy the scenery more.

So walk on.


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