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Just wondering if there any walkers left. I recently returned to the joys of walking the course. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the idea of leaving the cart behind and playing in a much more rel

I am a “rider”. I have torn ligaments in my left ankle which prohibits me walking downhill. I have had 4 inguinal hernia ops (USN and VA) which have deposited a bunch of scar tissue in my abdomen an

I broke my back sking in my late 20's. They wanted to fuse my lower spine or I could try to live with it for as long as I can. I decided against the surgery. I can't carry a bag for a full round. I li

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I am SUCH a walking snob:

  • People that walk tend to be serious golfers
  • Walking keeps your hips loose, fosters better play
  • Walking takes you to your ball, none of this 90 degree rule, cart path only taking 4 clubs with you
  • It seems every idiot that rides do the 'side to side' BS with their partners, move 10 yards at a time
  • People that ride constantly leave clubs behind
  • Carts are for smoking, lazy, beer swilling SOB's who are the real problems re: pace of play.

There, I said it and feel much better. 😆

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I walk every now and then, mainly at a par 3 near my house. I've been thinking about getting a push cart next season and walking more.

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18 minutes ago, fozcycle said:

I am a “rider”. I have torn ligaments in my left ankle which prohibits me walking downhill. I have had 4 inguinal hernia ops (USN and VA) which have deposited a bunch of scar tissue in my abdomen and when that reacts with cut nerve endings the pain is hard to bear. I also have a shattered left wrist held together with a steel plate and 13 screws.I have been retired for 4 years and play 4 times a week. I have played golf for 62 years. I am a “rider”.

 

... I am guessing tarrantian did not mean anyone with a physical disability requiring the use of a cart. I tend to be a walking snob too but always assume players in carts need them unless they are obviously young and fit. Athough out of shape is a poor excuse and like I told the guy that laughed and said he was too fat to walk that he wouldn't be fat if he walked. But carts are a Godsend for those that can't walk and can play into their 90's! 

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I'm a rider for the last few years.  Used to walk most of the time.  2 total knee replacements, 3 disks fused in my neck, big toe on my left foot fused results in a bad callous on the ball of my foot, neuropathy in my left foot, and edema in my left leg.  Walking isn't fun anymore.  I ride because I want to enjoy the game, not torture my ailing body.  I'm a serious golfer. I'm not a slow player. And, I'm certainly not an idiot.  I obviously disagree with everything that @tarrantianclaimed regarding those that ride in carts.

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Carts are also good in the 105+ degree heat.  They keep a breeze when you drive and if you soak your sleeves and neck periodically that breeze helps. The cart also provides shade and keeps a true cooler with ice and the gallon of water I need and my Gatorade cold and my wet towels cold. I walk in the winter season here in Phoenix.   However some of the courses in the outlying suburbs have literally half a mile to 3/4 miles between the hole.  So if it is that type of course or higher than 100 degrees I ride. But prefer to walk when I can and when it’s not dangerous to do so. 

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I walk pretty much every time I golf unless the course mandates a cart. I like the extra exercise and keeps me warm in the winter. 

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Nobody really walks here, there are a scattered few but they are few and far between. It’s really too hot during the summer months and then you add the fact that the majority of the courses just aren’t really set up for walking.

My club has two 18 hole courses both are true “ out and back” courses...when you leave the clubhouse you don’t return until the 18th hole and there are no “halfway houses” since both courses route through a subdivision there are several very long distances from one green to the next tee box.

I wish more people walked here but unfortunately it just doesn’t happen


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... First time I played Tierra Rejada in Los Angeles I told the guy I wanted to walk and he smiled and said "No, you don't". I explained I had a remote cart and didn't mind a little extra distance between tees if it was reasonable. He said "I will make you a deal. Take a cart for the first 9 and if you think you could have walked, I will comp your next 18." Those of you that have played there know it really isn't walkable. Up and down a few mountains with spectacular views but not walkable for all but the fittest zealot that would be worn out after 9 let alone 18. Some courses you just have to take a cart. Click on By Owner pictures in this link:


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10 hours ago, BrownBearGolf said:

Carts are also good in the 105+ degree heat.  They keep a breeze when you drive and if you soak your sleeves and neck periodically that breeze helps. The cart also provides shade and keeps a true cooler with ice and the gallon of water I need and my Gatorade cold and my wet towels cold. I walk in the winter season here in Phoenix.   However some of the courses in the outlying suburbs have literally half a mile to 3/4 miles between the hole.  So if it is that type of course or higher than 100 degrees I ride. But prefer to walk when I can and when it’s not dangerous to do so. 

This is how it is for me in Vegas. A lot of the courses that are walkable used to only do carts until this year and now more are welcoming it. A lot of the courses dont do any discount for walking either which is a bummer. 

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I needed a cart for most of the 2017 - 18 seasons due to bad hips. Prior to that, most of my golf was played while walking. In 2019 I began walking, again. I think I used a cart a half-dozen times in 2020. I prefer to walk, too. However, I no longer carry my bag, unless it's a 9 hole executive course. Otherwise, It's a push cart for me.  

Walking keeps me in better shape, gives me the exercise I need, and actually makes rounds more enjoyable. I joined an 'old man's league' at my home course this year. The other three guys are walkers, as well. We're all over 65. Two of my group are in their 70s. We manage to complete our rounds in under pace of play, which is 4:15. 

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On 12/28/2020 at 9:10 PM, chisag said:

 

... I am guessing tarrantian did not mean anyone with a physical disability requiring the use of a cart. I tend to be a walking snob too but always assume players in carts need them unless they are obviously young and fit. Athough out of shape is a poor excuse and like I told the guy that laughed and said he was too fat to walk that he wouldn't be fat if he walked. But carts are a Godsend for those that can't walk and can play into their 90's! 

Yes I'm innocent! Certainly wasn't referring to those whom have had injuries or those whom have paid their dues and simply have got to the age where they simply can't walk...

That said, I was personally embarrassed with my push cart when I got paired with an amazingly fit 78 year old who strapped his bag to his back.

I can only dream of such fitness....

 

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On 12/28/2020 at 8:45 PM, fozcycle said:

I am a “rider”. I have torn ligaments in my left ankle which prohibits me walking downhill. I have had 4 inguinal hernia ops (USN and VA) which have deposited a bunch of scar tissue in my abdomen and when that reacts with cut nerve endings the pain is hard to bear. I also have a shattered left wrist held together with a steel plate and 13 screws.I have been retired for 4 years and play 4 times a week. I have played golf for 62 years. I am a “rider”.


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I didn't mean to offend with my 'snobbery' - You, Carl, Tom are the obvious exceptions and apologize for any offence taken. My 'rant' was a broad generalization based upon my personal viewing experience gentlemen... 

Most of those that would be targeted by my rant would certainly not be on this forum as I have to guess that most here are indeed 'serious' golfers - Walkers or otherwise.

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3 hours ago, tarrantian said:

I didn't mean to offend with my 'snobbery' - You, Carl, Tom are the obvious exceptions and apologize for any offence taken. My 'rant' was a broad generalization based upon my personal viewing experience gentlemen... 

Most of those that would be targeted by my rant would certainly not be on this forum as I have to guess that most here are indeed 'serious' golfers - Walkers or otherwise.

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All good, I get what you were referring to. There are always exceptions and sometimes it rubs some of us the wrong way. But you did miss adding in the loud music coming from their golf carts! 🙂

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13 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

All good, I get what you were referring to. There are always exceptions and sometimes it rubs some of us the wrong way. But you did miss adding in the loud music coming from their golf carts! 🙂

Speaking of the music...

Was playing one day, slow round.  Group behind us drives up in their cart, on 18th tee.  Music playing, somewhat loud.  And....  it's a particular genre of music I loathe.  It was the musical preference of Wife 1.0.  For me, it has all kinds of bad juju associated with it.

I didn't quite throw up on the tee box, but I wondered if it might happen.  🙂

 

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Speaking of the music...

Was playing one day, slow round.  Group behind us drives up in their cart, on 18th tee.  Music playing, somewhat loud.  And....  it's a particular genre of music I loathe.  It was the musical preference of Wife 1.0.  For me, it has all kinds of bad juju associated with it.

I didn't quite throw up on the tee box, but I wondered if it might happen.  🙂

 

Some like music and some don't. I prefer to hear mother nature. I'm trying to play golf and enjoy the outdoors. Today I heard some rustling of the leaves. I stopped and listened and heard the clucking of Turkeys. A few seconds later about 6 big ones wandered across the fairway. Would I get that experience with a boom box blasting..nope!

I feel that if you want to play music that's fine just lower the volume when you are near other groups who might not share your taste in music or prefer no music.

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Some like music and some don't. I prefer to hear mother nature. I'm trying to play golf and enjoy the outdoors. Today I heard some rustling of the leaves. I stopped and listened and heard the clucking of Turkeys. A few seconds later about 6 big ones wandered across the fairway. Would I get that experience with a boom box blasting..nope!

I feel that if you want to play music that's fine just lower the volume when you are near other groups who might not share your taste in music or prefer no music.


... I have completely reversed my position on music while playing. Since I play a lot as a single with 3 guys in carts while I walk, I enjoy having music on my JBL Clip attached to my bag. That said, I keep the volume low as I still love the sounds of nature as well as hearing my playing pards. From about 10 yards away you can't hear my speaker at all, although sometimes my pards ask me to turn up the volume, which I will to a reasonable level so WE can hear but nobody more than 25 yards away from us.   

.. Like many things in life, the few can destroy it for the many. Blaring music from a golf cart can be so annoying especially if it is music you don't like. As stated ad nauseam, these are usually the same a$$hats that drive their carts right next to greens and tee boxes saving themselves a few steps but causing potential damage to both areas. One player I was paired up with shouted at some a$$hats with their carts on the greens fringe to turn down the music and got 2 middle fingers from the drunken 4some. I always ask my pards if they would prefer no music and only once in about 100 rounds has someone said they would prefer I turn it off, which I gladly did. 

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