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Is it rude to walk while everybody else in your group rides?

post #1 of 27
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Just wondering what your thoughts are on this? I'm kinda tight with budget and try to save money as much as I can. Most courses I play at charge a cart fee of $14 to ride a cart for 18 holes. Doesn't seem much but as much as I like to golf that $14 can go towards green fees! I'm playing with 3 other guys tomorrow who more than likely will ride but I would really like to just walk.. I'm a pretty fast walker and have a push cart. I have other friends who get kinda annoyed when i walk.. They think i'm holding them back because I'm walking. Whats funny is this friend is like a 25+ handicap and is always looking for his ball in the woods and water! 

 

Oh kinda a 2 part question/thread. Is it ok for me to put my push cart on the green?  I usually don't but i've seen this a couple of times with some people that I get paired up with who roll their push carts on the green or through it.. I always just go around it but there are times its convenient to go through the green with my push cart.. 

post #2 of 27

What would be rude is for your buddies to expect you to pay the extra $14 for the cart, if you do not want to or it is not in the budget.

 

Trust me, don't have your cart or a leg from a stand bag or anything like that touch the green.  You will be crucified around here.  Also it is not proper etiquette and could damage the green.   

post #3 of 27

It is completely fine to walk while others ride.  I've paired up with a few people in carts while I've been out walking.  Most people ask if I would like a ride and I usually always respond with "I would rather walk, thank you."  Most people will just drive the cart slower and just travel with you.

 

As for the second par, I always carry but I would say keep them off the green.  Rolling it on the fridge is acceptable.

post #4 of 27

Hell no is my answer to both questions.

post #5 of 27

Yes it's fine to walk and...

 

NO, don't ever park your bag on the green.

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

NO, don't ever park your bag on the green.

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post #7 of 27

I would never consider walking rude when others are driving except if you are a particularly slow walker or the course is not conducive to walking (long trips from green to next tee).  Even then, if your group stays on the tail of the group in front, there wouldn't be an issue with me. 

 

I tend to walk most courses and unless a cart is mandatory, I will walk.  The only time in the past 20 years or so where my walking could have been an issue was when I joined a twosome in a cart on a very open course.  They were very good players and I really had to hustle so as to not delay them too much.  They would hit long and straight, zoom up to the balls and then sit while I shuffled along.  No one was in front of us and they could probably have played 3 holes in the cart while I walked 2.  Eventually we ran into another group and the pace became more walkable.  To their credit they never said anything about the pace, probably because we were moving along very quickly even if we weren't going at the fastest pace possible for them.

 

I echo what everyone has said about pull/push carts and greens.

post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

NO, don't ever park your bag on the green.

 

Did you know that in Australia they encourage players to walk their pull and push carts right across the green, and they find it odd how we keep so many people OFF the greens here?

 

Anyway, to answer the question, it can be rude… but most of the time it's not because you're able to keep up. But first group out, wants to play in 2:30? Then yeah, it might be rude because you might not keep up. (And even then, it's not really "rude" it's just something you probably wouldn't want to do.)

post #9 of 27

If you're with a group and they are all riding, you should too.  As for the cart on the green..... you should know the answer to that????

post #10 of 27

...I actually prefer to walk.  when ever i do ride i get sluggish and lazy.  I believe i always keep pace and I don't feel bad about not shelling out 20 bucks for a cart.

 

I will tell my partners not to push their cart into the greens.

post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by JerryTimes View Post

If you're with a group and they are all riding, you should too.  As for the cart on the green..... you should know the answer to that????

Guess you're the only one that feels that way! Thanks for the input! I figures that was the case with carts not being in the green.. I saw it a few times playing with some other guys and saw that they did that..
post #12 of 27
Does the course allow you to walk on the weekend? If they do go ahead. If they don't want you to then they won't invite you next time. I wouldn't mind it as long as you kept up. If you were slow, sorry but I would not play with you.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by whatwoodtigerdo View Post

Does the course allow you to walk on the weekend? If they do go ahead. If they don't want you to then they won't invite you next time. I wouldn't mind it as long as you kept up. If you were slow, sorry but I would not play with you.

Yes they do.. I'm not familiar with any GC here in my area that doesn't allow you to walk in the weekends.. I'm guessing you get that on some of the courses you play at?

post #14 of 27
Well I ride but I have seen course signs that say no walkers on weekends before certain times and I thought it was just a given rule around here but I have never really asked. But I also never see walkers on course on the weekends. Like I said if you actually keep up its fine.
post #15 of 27

If your asked to play, and 3 players are riding, don't be a green ass but jump in the cart. If you want to walk a hole or two after you're out, fine, but why stray from the group that intended to move along by riding?

Conversely, if the group intends to walk, and you're able, why would you be different and take a cart?

post #16 of 27
For me it is course specific. My usual playing partner rides all the time. I like to walk with my push cart. If we play at the course where he is a member I will ride with him. Any other time I walk. And as far as push carts on the greens go I would say keep it just off the frindge and you will be just fine.
post #17 of 27

I play in a group from time to time where some walk and some ride.  The ones who walk tee off first and immediately start walking towards their balls, taking a wide route, looking back so that they can take cover when someone is about to hit from the tee box.  Our course has a lot of trees, and they walk among the trees.  At first, it affected me, not wanting to hit near them, but as I played more rounds with them, I got used to it and even began to appreciate their actions.  By the time the players in carts got to their next shots, the walkers were already at their next shots.
 

post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by chipandcharge View Post

I play in a group from time to time where some walk and some ride.  The ones who walk tee off first and immediately start walking towards their balls, taking a wide route, looking back so that they can take cover when someone is about to hit from the tee box.  Our course has a lot of trees, and they walk among the trees.  At first, it affected me, not wanting to hit near them, but as I played more rounds with them, I got used to it and even began to appreciate their actions.  By the time the players in carts got to their next shots, the walkers were already at their next shots.
 

 

I've seen this, and basically I thought that this sort of thing was rude.  If the guys in the carts are in that big a hurry, I'm not sure that I want to play with them anyway.  I never liked being the one walker with a group of 3 riders just because it always made me feel like the pressure was on me to keep up.  When the situation is reversed and I'm one of the riders, I go out of my way to make sure that the walker doesn't get that feeling, even to the point of hanging back to chat as we travel to our balls.  It's rarely an issue on most courses I play anyway, since they are usually very full and keeping up with the crowd is pretty easy.  A group of friends should certainly be able to make allowances for riders and walkers playing together.

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