Sandra Day O’Connor, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vera Wang, Celine Dion, Anne Murray, Sharon Stone and Condoleezza Rice are just a few of the hundreds of famous women who are avid golfers. But you don’t have to be rich, famous or particularly athletic to enjoy the game.

Here are just some of the reason participation among women is growing:

1. Golfers Live Longer. Now that’s a great start! Five years longer according to a Swedish study.

2. Golf Keeps You Trim. Golf is a great way to stay in shape with a round of golf consuming 1500 calories if you walk. Golf also stimulates your creativity, problem-solving and strategic thinking.

3. Golf Gets a Girl Ahead. In today’s competitive business environment women can’t afford NOT to play golf. Golf is one of the few sports that are widely accepted in the workplace as a way to quickly build relationships and close deals. Plus executives who play golf make 17% more than those who don’t.

4. Be Part of the Office Talk. When the water cooler talk turns to bogies and birdies, you’ll be able to participate and get invited to play. Adrienne Wax, co-author of Even Par: How Golf helps Women Gain The Upper Hand In Business says “If you can talk about golf, all of the sudden you have a reason to talk to the CEO or your boss two levels above you.”

5. Golf Has Fun Clothing. Golf fashion is big business and you’ll enjoy some amazing options.

6. Golfers Make Friends Easily. Golf is a great, low stress way to make new friends and generate new leads for your business.

7. Enjoy More Quality Time. Where else can you have four hours of quality time with your boss, colleagues, prospects, husband or kids, away from the stress of modern living?
8. Golf Is Great Recreational Value. Golf is really a great value when compared to many other activities.

9. Golf Gives You a Reason to Travel. There are so many amazing and beautiful courses around the world, golf gives you the perfect excuse to go visit!

10. Golf is Like Sex: You don’t actually have to be that good at it to enjoy it. Only 10% of all golfers actually score below 100.  So relax, and have fun, as you are most likely in the majority.

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