Originally Posted by sundevil31673
I'd like to hear people's opinions regarding whether scoring well in a round of golf is in someway diminished if you rode in a cart for the entire round. From my perspective, "true" golf is only played when one walks a course as this certainly requires a degree of physical stamina that riding in a cart simply does not demand. ...
Don't underestimate energy needed for playing golf and riding a cart. Fitness studies show that a person who plays 18 and carries a bag burns about 1,700 calories. A person who rides a cart still burns about 1,200 calories.
As for affect on score, It depends. If it's 100 degrees out, I play better when I ride.
I walk on par 3 courses and flatter nine hole courses, but normally ride for 18.
For one thing, my home course is not really "walkable." It is one of the subdivision courses in the county, and walking is not allowed during peak play or on weekends.. (Back in the 1990s, about a half dozen groups built courses with housing developments around them. The houses and neighborhoods are nice, but about half the lots never found a home buyer due to overbuilding.) These courses all have two or three stretches where it's about 400 yards or more from green to the next tee. People on foot get run into the ground by the golf cart "cavalry" on busy days.
And, I know a golfer who also rides in bicycle races, and works out at the gym. He rides a cart because he sees 18 as golf sport, not a physical conditioning event.