I voted no. Because if you decide to play the "sport" you should play by the sport's rules. Ignorance of the rule should be treated the same as ignorance of the law. The cops aren't going to let you slide because you claim ignorance of the law. "Gee officer, I didn't know the speed limit was 55mph". You decided to engage in a competitive sport that is governed by rules. Follow the rules. Is it really that hard? Knowledge of the rules of the game is one of the few things you have complete control over. Learn them, then. If it's too much for you, don't compete in officially sanctioned events. Or don't come crying when johnny law points his finger at you. For all the shit you get away with on a golf course, on a daily basis, you probably owe the man a penalty stroke or two anyway. Come back to folk golf, where we don't worry about such nonsense 😉
I played Kiawah Island about three weeks before the PGA Championship.
I don't know what you mean by "loud and intrusive." The building of grandstands? It wasn't much of anything. A few holes we heard some power tools.
Two weeks out is quite a bit different than three, though.
On the range i practice a swing change.. something big. If not i play a course, giving fairway and greens limits and keep score. Generally that took more than an hour and just hit 36 balls but with a lot of purpuse.
Best practice is on the course. I usually go out and play 9 after i just played 18th hole. I generally play with 3 balls and try to play from different lies and winds. Sometime i play with those 3 balls but i play a tournament with them, keeping score of each ball and trying to shoot as low as I can.
Games with putting are simple, if you miss you loose or start over or level down.
Chipping could be the same, if you don´t leave it 6 feet from the flag you loose or level down.