I’ve never been a big fan of playing in a golf cart. Although they serve some purpose, I believe that the experience of playing golf is diminished when riding. I’ve had many fun days in carts and have made plenty of memories while riding around the course, but it’s not my preferred method of play. Carts are great for a few holes with friends and family, they are nice to have when weather threatens to disrupt, and on some courses they are simply necessary to get around. I’m not a zealot when it comes to opposing their use — sometimes that’s just the game. I take a ride here and there, however I generally avoid the practice. When I walk, I see more, hear more, and enjoy more of what makes golf such a splendid outdoor pursuit. Carts disconnect me from all the things I enjoy most about golf. They even make it hard to talk to my playing companions. In a cart, a round of golf feels very choppy. Stop and go, in and out, over and around. I like things to be a bit more leisurely than that. Most places push golfers into carts for financial reasons and that model doesn’t make much sense to me. I really don’t want to pay to be rushed around in a vehicle. For others, that’s the way they like the game and that’s OK. To each their own. The golf cart is a useful tool, but I wouldn’t recommend making it part of a golfing lifestyle. It’s OK to take a ride now and then, but I’ve always found a walk to be more fulfilling.
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