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Academics Agree with Dr. MacKenzie: Golf Promotes Health, Happiness

May 26, 2012

'One of the reasons why I, a medical man, decided to give up medicine and take to golf architecture was my firm conviction of the extraordinary influence on health of pleasureable excitement, especially when combined with fresh air and exercise.  How frequently have I, with great difficulty, persuaded patients who were never off my doorstep to take up golf, and how rarely, if ever, have I seen them in my consulting room again.... most people know that golf and other games promote the health and happiness of the community . . . . I hope to live to see the day when there are the crowds of municipal courses, as in Scotland, cropping up all over the world....  There can be no possible reason against, and there is every reason in favor of, municipal courses.' 

-- Alister MacKenzie, The Spirit of St. Andrews, pp. 249-250.


'To play is to have fun, but is's also good for you,' San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2012, page 1, reporting on U.C. Berkeley academic conference, 'The Importance of Being Playful':