FWIW, I personally find golf played by the rules much more enjoyable than just wandering around a golf course randomly hitting or moving my ball around as the mood strikes me. Apart from a greater sense of satisfaction, it gives me a sense of being connected to the long history and traditions of this great game.
In the US I guess I felt a bit more connected to the game. And I feel connected to the courses I play the most, trying to maintain them as much as possible. But here the combination of almost no effort to repair ball marks, local rules placing OB markers SOLELY to increase profits by speeding up play thus allowing yet more golfers into the course, and OB from the tee areas consistently 'requiring' dropping from a drop zone and playing 4 (something dedicated golfers ignore unless in a club tournament), well, it gets frustrating. So rather than spend the time repairing several ball marks if a better line exists from that perspective only, I move the ball. And repair those marks at my leisure while waiting my turn.
So I am not wandering around moving the ball as it suits me and I get your point there.