How walking friendly is your private course?
Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:02 PM
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 02:13 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:48 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:09 PM
This weekend I walked 18 holes with 3 other players and we finished in under 4 hours, so the whole pace of play argument isn't all that legitimate. I totally understand why the club institutes the rules, it increases revenue and prevents the possibility of slower play, but I still don't agree with making a full-member wait until 1PM to walk the golf course.
I walk solely for the conditioning aspect. It makes me feel better about all the crap food I ate that day, but having to wait until 1 o clock sucks.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:28 PM
The only people in carts are very old timers, or guests.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:31 PM
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:15 AM
I am actually ok with carts being required during peak times as long as those times are limited, such as at my course - to weekend mornings only. Clearly it is a revenue generator - call it what it is.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:50 PM
I wouldn't have joined there if I couldn't walk. I'd say probably 1/3 of the membership walks regularly.
There is another nice local club where they force you to take a caddie or cart before 4pm. Since I won't ride, that would mean another $5,000/yr.+ in caddie fees on top of my dues. No thanks.
Edited by cherokee8215, 24 March 2012 - 07:51 PM.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:39 PM
Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:48 PM
I've never heard the word "caddie" mentioned unless it's talking about a PGA Tour player. There may have been a few caddies back in the 60's some time but certainly not since then.
Members pay $2/round if they walk and (something like) $20/round if they want to rent a cart. There's also some in-between number for the handful of members who live adjacent to the course and use their own carts, maybe $5/round or something like that. The per-round fee whether walking or riding is a concession to the "social members" who consider golfers to be freeloaders (which makes no sense as golfing members dues are like three times that of social members).
Course is very suited to Speed Carts and I'd say at least half the players who walk use some form of trolley. The pro shop also sells Speed Carts and you can pay $75/year to have your Speed Cart stored at the club when you're not using it. So I'd say that's about as "Speed Cart friendly" as a place could ever be short of giving them away for free!
Overall mix as far as I can tell is something on the order of 50/50 walkers and riders. If anything maybe a slight majority walk but it's about half and half over the course of a year.
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