How Many Calories are Burned by Golfing?
Last modified 4th January 2016
These golfing activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'golf, walking, pulling clubs' which burns 228 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'golf, miniature, driving range' which has the lowest calorie burn of 129 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).
To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common golfing activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour
We also cover the predicted weight loss from golfing, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©
For golf, walking, carrying clubs, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of golfing activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 185 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 371 Calories.
Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator
Although the above is a typical example for golfing, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.
Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Golfing
At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.
The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different golfing activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.
The calorie rank is the rank of the activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.
Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical golfing Activity
As we have previously mentioned Golf, walking, carrying clubs is a moderate and typical level of intensity for golfing and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by golfing. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 185 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 159 Calories.
Calories Per Minute
The calories burned per minute for Golf, walking, carrying clubs is 6 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 5 Calories per minute.
Calories Per Hour
The calories lost in one hour is 371 calories for a typical man, and 318 calories in one hour for a typical woman.
How to Burn 100 Calories
To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 17 minutes of the activity golf, walking, carrying clubs and to burn 100 calories with the same golfing activity for a typical female would take 20 minutes.
Score and Rank
Golf, walking, carrying clubs has a Calorie Burned Score© of 16 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 16 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 75 out of 100 ie it is in the top 75 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 402 activities that have a higher calorie burn than golf, walking, carrying clubs
The following activities burn the same number of calories as Golf, walking, carrying clubs -
- archery, non-hunting
- carpentry, general, moderate effort
- circuit training, moderate effort
- farming, feeding cattle, horses
- farming, hauling water for animals, general hauling water,farming, general hauling water
Comparison with Inactivity
30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Golf, walking, carrying clubs burns 4.6 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 4.3 times more calories for an average female.
Food Calorie Equivalents
This level of 185 calories burnt by an average man golf, walking, carrying clubs is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.7 snickers bar, 1.5 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.6 cheeseburgers, 0.6 slices of pizza or 0.5 large blueberry muffins.
For an average female burning 159 calories is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.6 snickers bar, 1.3 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.5 cheeseburgers, 0.6 slices of pizza or 0.4 large blueberry muffins.
Weight Loss from Golfing
To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity golfing? Taking this example of golf, walking, carrying clubs in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.03 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.02 pounds.
Based on 4 sessions per week of golf, walking, carrying clubs for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 8 weeks for a man and 13 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.
The same 4 sessions per week of golf, walking, carrying clubs for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 4 weeks for a man and 5 weeks for a woman.
Golfing Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn
The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by golf, walking, pulling clubs. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 228 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 196 Calories.
This activity of golf, walking, pulling clubs has a Calories Burned Score© of 20.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 20.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 69 out of 100 ie it is in the top 69 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 296 activities that have a higher calorie burn than golf, walking, pulling clubs
Golfing Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn
The golfing activity with the lowest calories burnt is golf, miniature, driving range, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 129 Calories, and for an average woman burns 111 Calories.
This activity of golf, miniature, driving range has a Calories Burned Score© of 10.2 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 10.2 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 85 out of 100 ie it is in the top 85 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 568 activities that have a higher calorie burn than golf, miniature, driving range
Average Calories Burned by Golfing
Based on the the list of 5 golfing activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 180 Calories for 30 minutes of golfing. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 155 Calories for 30 minutes of golfing.
|Calories Burned in 30 minutes of golfing for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).|
|golf, walking, pulling clubs - calories Male=228 kcal, Female=196 kcal.|
|playing golf in general - calories Male=207 kcal, Female=177 kcal.|
|golf, walking, carrying clubs - calories Male=185 kcal, Female=159 kcal.|
|golf, using power cart (Taylor Code 070) - calories Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.|
|golf, miniature, driving range - calories Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.|
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