Yesterday early morning rains drenched my home course and in the afternoon a steady mist continued to drizzle. The CC was near empty. They allow walking after 1:00pm but carry only. So I switched bags and figured "it's cart path only I might as well walk, it's probably faster."
I played the first 18 in 3 hours and didn't rush myself at all as the course was empty. I shot an 83 (+6,+5) on 73.3 131 7,100~ yards. I went to the bar and had a bunch of water and a snack, caught a bud, and we both walked 9 more, shot +5 41.
The main advantages I found with walking are as follows:
1. I was more focused for each shot due to the fact that I had time to think while walking and staring down the terrain, instead of speeding over bumps and dodging roots in a cart to try to get to my next shot as fast as possible.
2. I had better reads on greens. By approaching the green head on I took more time to take note of the slope and undulation of the green's various parts. By the time I reached the green I usually had a good idea of how fast my putt was going to go. Granted, the drizzle made making putts a touch difficult as the course was already wet.
3. I felt like a player. There is something about walking that makes me feel like a real golfer. And with my swing that's tough to do.
4. Camaraderie is stronger when walking down the course together for a pair of golfers.
5. I felt better tempo. I feel like walking got me in my circadian "golf" rhythm better than jetting around on a cart.
All of that being said, I probably won't walk again unless it's cart path only. But my clubs will stay in my carry bag in case I get the itch.
Oh and I'd venture to say that it was a helluva workout.