Calories Burned Playing Golf

Compare the calories burned playing golf to a variety of other activities at the calories burned chart.

Burning calories is hardly the first thing you consider when going out for a round of golf, but regardless, there are a significant amount of calories burned paying golf, for several reasons.

The first reason is that playing golf is basically walking, and as you may or may not know, the amount of calories burned walking is actually quite a bit.

The second reason that the amount of calories burned playing golf is actually fairly significant is that a round of golf takes a long time to play. Especially a full round of 18 holes. A few other variables are whether you pull your golf clubs on a cart, or whether you carry them on your shoulder.

On the other hand, however, if you are playing a round of gold with a golf cart then you wont burn quite as many calories, but even so, you will burn some amount of calories, even driving the cart around the course all day.

Calories Burned – Playing Golf

Not all ways of getting around the golf course are entirely the same. Your calories burned playing golf will vary, depending on the mode of transportation.

All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Calories Burned Playing Golf – Golf Cart

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 207 calories burned playing golf per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 246 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 286 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 326 calories burned per hour

Calories Burned Playing Golf – Pulling Clubs

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 254 calories burned playing golf per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 303 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 351 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 400 calories burned per hour

Calories Burned Playing Golf – Carrying Clubs

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 266 calories burned playing golf per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 317 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 368 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 419 calories burned per hour

So while riding around in the golf cart does manage to burn a fair amount of calories, you should at least consider carrying your clubs instead. The reason being, golf is never just for 1 hour.

A four hour game of golf, for example, will multiply your calories burned playing golf by 4, and the multiplier effect will begin to increase the gaps between riding in the cart and carrying your clubs.

To see even more calorie burning activities check out the calories burned chart.