A year ago I came down with plantar fasciitis and that ended my walking the course. Today I walked my first 18 holes after I feel like I am back 100 %. I have been riding in a cart for the past 13 months. Our greens committee has ruled that starting this week until March 1 next year it will be cart path only to have a pristine course next Spring. My fit bit said that I walked almost 9 miles today ! Unbelievable! I am a little sore but I really enjoyed my game a lot more today. I plan to continue walking until next summer when the brutal heat will make it where only mad dogs and Englishmen will be walking in the noon day sun. Then I will ride.
We have a mix of courses here at the base of the Appalachians some are a great walk and others require a mountain goat philosophy.
I tend to play at the course that is combination of both but to get from #9 to #10 is virtually ¼ of mile, path made of #2 stone and all up hill so in the cart I go.
My second most favorite course locally is flat and I have push cart that we used for 9 in the evenings.
@CarlT9704 I don't think I am a mad dog, but I am part Englishman, but I always walk. Also carry until it gets up over 100 with some humidity. At that point I break out the push cart. Sure glad to hear that your plantar fasciitis is better. I had a bout with that about 13 years ago. I tried several things without success. Finally, I started doing toe lifts on the back doorstep. Worked up to 100 a day and within 3 months I was walking without any pain. As a desk sitter, I love the fact that walking 18 adds 6-7 1/2 miles to how far you walked during the day. Not many, and certainly not many 73 year olds regularly walk these days. I love it. Feel much more in touch with the course.
With messed up shoulder and hips I started back walking 9, just about put me down, so I got in a cart for awhile.
Now I'm walking 18 with a push cart, shoulder wont take carry........I think Id use the cart even if shoulder was good for carry.
Walking is best for your game, you have time between shots to let your brain relax
I walk when playing at my home course from April - Oct. Use a 3 wheel cart for the clubs for the past 3 years, as carrying became too much of a burden (always seemed to run out of gas around the 15-16 hole). Even last year with a bad hip I was able to walk when playing. Looking forward to next year after having hip replacement surgery. Will be enjoyable to play golf relatively pain free.
The only time I use a cart is during Jan/Feb, when my wife and I play golf in Arizona. Using sites like Golfnow, TeeOff.com or booking directly to the course, they require a use of a cart. And some of the courses have such a long distance from the green to the next tee, it makes walking difficult. And there are days even at that time of the year when it gets up into the 80s...
I always walk even in the middle of the Carolina summers. I prefer to feel the contour of the course, how the shot takes shape as I walk up to the ball, and walking helps blow off steam for the occasional bad shot.
I play at a prestigious country club in the UK and despite not having the weather some of my american friends enjoy, I prefer to walk. It gives me far more time to connect with the course, talk with my playing partners and appreciate nature around me. Isn't this why we play golf in the first place? It is much more than the score at the end of the round.