I plan to keep walking until the heat index gets over 100. This usually starts around June and by late August heat index of 115 is not unusual in Arkansas. I agree that walking is great for golf but when it gets really hot and then walking is like a death March and I will ride.You forget about golf and are just trying to survive.
9 miles, wow! I'd have guessed 4-5 for 18.
Our course is open all winter, carts are locked up until spring now. Walked 9 the other day and played great! Now if the wind would just drop below 20! Hoping to walk 3 of the next 4 days.
I much prefer to walk. I enjoy it more andn I feel like I play better. I will ride when the course is relatively empty, I'm playing as a single and need to play fast. The course I play most often has some pretty good hikes between a couple of the holes.
@DAVIDTcad2 9 miles would be a really long course, or a lot of Army golf. I got one of those Garmin devices that measure steps last Christmas and the 7,000 yard course I play most is consistently 7-7 1/2 extra miles to walk 18. It is also pretty hilly so most shots are the opposite of a flat lie even with your feet.
@RealOldLefty, our course from the tips plays 7101 and it is hilly. My fitbit which is fairly accurate records my golf at around 8.5 miles. This would include walking to the club house from the parking lot, walking around on the driving range, walking around the practice chipping and pitching green, hitting a few practice bunker shots and then playing. My last round I hit most of my shots where I wanted but I emphasize most. What killed what could have been a 70's score was missing greens on the wrong side of the pin (short siding myself).
@CarlT9704 Getting up and down when you short-side yourself is usually a lot tougher. Stellar chip or great long putt. I've had some success with my PM Grind 64. Struck correctly it hits and stops immediately with little roll-out. The operative phrase here is 'struck correctly'. That's the tough part.