The course I play the most is 10 minutes away. Less if I catch the green light. Another course is right across the street. On a slow day, after leaving the house, I can be teeing off in 15-20 minutes on either one.
Like others, a 40 minute drive brings several more courses into play.
Longest, consistant drive I make to play, is about 2 hours, at the Avi Resort, south of Laughlin, NV, has a real nice course I usually play 6 or more times a year.
I predict we'll still be in the dark with regards to his health/back, and we'll be salivating for the next time he plays.
And if he does really well, the anticipation for The Masters will be insane.
Going out on a limb here.