How Long Does A Round Of Golf Take (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 3 To 4 Hours

Golf has been a popular game for centuries, with records dating back to the 15th century in Scotland. It’s difficult to pinpoint when the game was invented or who made it up. Still, many historians believe that it originated on the east coast of Scotland before spreading across Europe and North America. 

A round of golf can be an excellent way to spend time outside during any season- there are even courses designed for winter. To enjoy every minute, one needs to prepare everything they need- including clubs, balls, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, and many more.

How Long Does A Round Of Golf Take

How Long Does A Round Of Golf Take?

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A round of golf takes around 3 to 4 hours to play, and sometimes, it may take longer depending on the player’s professionalism. The average golfer spends about 3 to 4 hours on a round at 18 holes of golf. 

A local public course takes less than two hours, but private or championship courses can be much longer.

For decades, the USGA has standardized golf in nine-holes in about three hours and 18-holes in 5-6 hours. In reality, it varies greatly depending on where one is playing (many British Isles courses are 6-7 hrs). 

If one were to go to Australia or Japan, they would be incredibly shorter (2–3hrs). The fastest time for a professional is 58 minutes under the old matchplay rules; however, this was set over one round of unlimited holes with no break between rounds.

Moreover, one round of golf requires around 295 calories or 1/8 of the total daily intake, which equates to about 2 cups of water. These numbers are not difficult to achieve in a day without going out on the golf course, but, over a lifetime, these calories add up and require a little bit more focus when dieting.

Be aware that the walk from the parking lot to the clubhouse might be an hour long. Eating properly will keep one’s energy high during this time frame and mitigate hunger pains by providing the necessary fuel for the body when starving muscles ask for it despite ample supplies in their stomach.

Why Would A Round Of Golf Take So Long?

There are several reasons why a round of golf can take so long. In general, it takes longer to open the distance from the hole with each successive swing. This is because the ball has been knocked from a greater distance from the hole. 

A round of golf takes so long because it’s a game, not an activity. People forget that games are inherently fun and take longer than “simple” activities like biking or doing laundry.

Because of this very basic difference between games and other types of activities, time seems to fly during golf (or any other type of game). It can take more than 5 hours for one person to complete 18 holes of golf.

Especially if one plays with a group of 4 or 5, if there are only two players, it will take considerably less time to finish the game.

Not only that, but when it’s wet and muddy, golfers may find themselves moving more slowly than they’d like. Slow rounds result from severe rough; for lengthy periods, golfers will be searching for balls. Long grass can also cause issues since even if balls aren’t lost, finding it takes time.

Also, long round times are caused by various factors, including the weather (for example, harsh greens or extremely fast greens), course deficiencies (for example, bunkers that are too deep, or other course issues that cause lengthy rounds), and player errors. Also, it is critical to maintain good and clear communication with players at all times.


A single round of golf, like many athletic activities, is a high-intensity cardiovascular workout. It might not be the most intense activity out there (perhaps running a full marathon could compete with it), but golfing for hours on end can get the blood pumping and the heart rate elevated. 

There are various reasons why a golf round might be slow, and many of them begin before the players even reach the course and influence them. 

With good communication, every member of a course’s management team (committees, professionals, etc.) can ensure that all golfers know the pace of play expectations.



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