It depends on the course. So many newer courses or courses with housing have such huge distances between green and tee boxes, it could add an hour or more to the time it takes to play. A lot of municipal courses are older with greens and tee boxes closer together. I like walking, but it really depends on the course layout and how hilly it is.
For me it depends not only on the course but who I'm playing with. I have some buddies that only ride, others that only walk. I enjoy company on the course so I end up doing what the group prefers. Also, I will ride when I take an extended lunch break and play 9 at the local course. I can get done quickly and back to work without too much fuss.
@dlum00 I don't mind hilly. Makes you think a little more about the shot. Ball above/below your feet. Uphiil/downhill shot. You need to be much more creative. I am not a big fan of long distances between green and next tee. I mostly just avoid those courses.
When it’s cart path only, I’m walking. You end up walking almost as much if you get a cart and have to walk from the path anyway.
You never hit on the side of the path, and when you get to the ball you never have the right club
Regardless of weather or other conditions, I walk every chance I get. There is 1 course I play that has a cart with GPS included with greens fees and no one is walking it, so I will ride if I play there, which isn't very often.
Unfortunately , I ride 99% of the time it seems. I have walked though , Every Christmas you can go walk for free and I do it every year. I have walked on other occasions as well. I do know this...Walking is better for your game. Walking makes you ultra focus and it also gives you time to really think about course management. If overall traffic would allow , I would walk a lot more often than I do , thats for sure.
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.