I live north of San Francisco and play golf in rain or shine. My handicap fluctuates between 11.5 and 15 the last two years. I can hit any shot the pros can, but it could take a few more shots before I get it right, so it doesn't help much. I like hilly golf courses and one course I play is like a wildlife park with turkeys, quail, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, deer, egrets, geese and many other wild things running around.
For me golf is also exercise so I prefer to walk, but at 60 I wonder how many more years that will last!