Walking on golf course

Obviously, because of money, more and more courses are taking walking out of the game to promote cart rentals! My club allows walking, but, you have to carry your bag, no pull carts. I'm 67 and this is part of my exercise regimen. My course is a 6 mile hike, but, it sure would be nice to use a pull cart. Also, TPC in Avondale, charges an additional $10 to walk besides the green fee. No wonder the USA is a fat nation, because it seems to be all about the money!

Could not agree more.

Every course should allow walkers to walk for free!

Shame on Avondale!!!

Whenever possible I carry my bag...It's always a better round no matter the score!!!

DR. K

I'm afraid I'd have to find another course to play.  Courses are hard up for customers and placing restrictions on players just isn't good business.......

A fee to walk?  That's just not right.  It should be part of the green's fee. Too bad about the push/pull cart, That is a small but notable contribution to pace of play to take the bag down, stand it, pick it back up.  I'd like to support a caddy program, but I haven't seen a caddy program that didn't start with a $50+ fee to the course before you even pay the caddy.  I can't do that at the courses I play every week.

Too many courses were designed around course-side communities, so excessive layouts make it difficult to walk and maintain pace of play.  Looks like that concept/scourge may be drawing to a close - but we'll have a ton of existing courses to live with past my lifetime.  I primarily play 3 courses that allow push carts, and to some extent, encourage walking.  ...My biggest issue at 63 is I often play with 3 co-workers average age 27, and they never walk.

It's quite ridiculous and sad isn't it.   I am an avid walker, and honestly I believe I play better when I walk as opposed to ride.  Courses should encourage walking and promote the health/exercise benefits of walking.  Good for you for continuing to walk and stay active at the young age of 67.  Nothing quite like chasing the ol titleist around for 4hours and 6miles to make you feel good about yourself.   

-Mitchell Cook

Walking should be encouraged. That being said, courses are there to make a profit. Personally, more people will ride than walk so it shouldn't be forced unless you can't keep up. Pebble Beach doesn't care if you walk or ride (the fees are the same -too high, in my book) so long as you maintain your pace.

It is a sad thing.  The three to four  places I play they all allow walking expect one because the course is stretched out over such a long distance.  Pace of play to me seems like it slows down when driving because you can just take a I don't care swing at the ball and at least with walking it makes you want to keep the ball in play

Torrey Pines encourages walking by charging $30 a person for a cart..... No thanks, I'll be over here stretching my hammy's!

Todd T

Torrey Pines encourages walking by charging $30 a person for a cart..... No thanks, I'll be over here stretching my hammy's!

LOL - if you play there in December when they have path only to prepare for the Farmer's, you end up walking more with a cart.  My wife insisted, and I was worn out by 15 from all the lateral runs.  Unless you are permitted to use the fairway, they should advise you to walk.

At 61 yrs. young and a staff member of my courses' cart concession, I see both ends of the spectrum on this issue. I also am a starter on Sunday mornings so I am aware of ratio of walkers to riders. Many work all week long and just don't want to walk the course but those who are more aware of the need for the physical aspect of walking their round, do so for the benefit that it gives them. For myself, I seem to play a couple of strokes better consistently because I think more and have better concentration from shot to shot! I am not in a hurry to get to the ball just to complete my turn and my focus is on seeing the shot all the way to the result from the last shot! I typically ride during my league play late in the evenings, especially spring and fall when time is of the essence but I love to walk still and I benefit immensely from the added physical element it offers.

I'm 66 and prefer to walk.  I have a lightweight bag and prefer that over a pull cart.  Some of these courses and clubs are getting carried away with fees, requirements, and so on.  In my area club memberships are dropping so they are raising annual rates to make up for the lost members, one had to go public to survive.  I'd like to see courses start allowing caddy's again.

That's nuts to charge a walking fee.  Often times I'll walk a course even if the car is included in the price tag.  

I'd rather walk.  I play better, feel better, and I also think you get to see more of the course.  If ti's path only, taking a cart is pretty much pointless.  Plus you feel less guilt on the 19th hole 

Josh G

That's nuts to charge a walking fee.  Often times I'll walk a course even if the car is included in the price tag.  

I'd rather walk.  I play better, feel better, and I also think you get to see more of the course.  If ti's path only, taking a cart is pretty much pointless.  Plus you feel less guilt on the 19th hole 

I will soon be 67 and walk until it gets too hot. My club has a rule that when it's cart path only you cannot take push carts out into the fairway. They will allow you to go as far as the second cut of rough. If you carry your bag then it's OK. They say when it's cart path only due to a wet course, the push carts leave ruts. I think that is BS. I think that if I carried my clubs my foot prints would leave more of a trail than walking behind a push cart where the weight is more spread out.

Carl T
Josh G

That's nuts to charge a walking fee.  Often times I'll walk a course even if the car is included in the price tag.  

I'd rather walk.  I play better, feel better, and I also think you get to see more of the course.  If ti's path only, taking a cart is pretty much pointless.  Plus you feel less guilt on the 19th hole 

I will soon be 67 and walk until it gets too hot. My club has a rule that when it's cart path only you cannot take push carts out into the fairway. They will allow you to go as far as the second cut of rough. If you carry your bag then it's OK. They say when it's cart path only due to a wet course, the push carts leave ruts. I think that is BS. I think that if I carried my clubs my foot prints would leave more of a trail than walking behind a push cart where the weight is more spread out.

There's no way to avoid footprints unless you have the Bubbacraft.  I can see keeping the wheels out of wet/muddy areas (which you probably already do), but there's no way a pull cart does as much damage as a motorized one.  There's no doubt that walking is better for your health (unless you keel over during your round) and the course.  Unless there's a tremendous amount of distance between holes, there's no reason to discourage it.

Another thing that I don't understand is to see young kids riding in a cart. I never rode in a cart until I was in my early 20's and that was only on rare occasions. I walk because I can.