You could live longer if you don’t ride on a golf cart

2010-04-21 00:00

IS it an advantage to ride on a cart? Well, yes it is; the most obvious advantage being not having to walk in midsummer during one of those energy-sapping days when it’s blistering hot. But apart from that, there isn’t really anything else to speak of.

What about the disadvantages? Are there any? There sure are! Riding on a cart disconnects the player from the 4-ball unit. A big part of playing golf is the companionship and camaraderie: chatting on the tee-box and walking along the fairway sharing a bit of news or an amusing story, or even the latest scandal. A golf cart rider and his passenger will miss that interaction, although between them they can get through a lot of chat over 18 holes.

Another disadvantage of riding on a golf cart is that on a cool or cold day it would be better to walk to loosen the limbs and muscles. A brisk walk on the first few holes will put the golfer in a better frame of mind to hit good shots. There are also times when the rider of a golf cart can get completely drenched because there is no protection from the rain, especially if the cart doesn’t have a windscreen. Very often golfers who walk and use an umbrella don’t get so wet.

Some golfers don’t play well when they ride on a cart and because of this they prefer to walk. Golfers who regularly ride on a cart will tell you that one needs a different approach to a round of golf. It’s a part of the concentration process. The walker has more time to think about his last and next shot and the rhythm of the walk assists his thoughts.

It is noticeable that many senior golfers prefer to walk alongside a motor-driven caddy-cart. For older golfers, walking is good exercise. In the long run walkers will probably outlive lazy riders.

Last Week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held its Club Championships at the weekend, which is 36 holes of medal play, on Saturday and Sunday.

The winner of the A division and Club Champion was Jamie Patrick with a gross 145. Runner-up was Billy Woods on 146. The B division was won by Denver Furmage with a gross 160 and in second place was Ian Dickinson. The C division was won by Grumpy Furmage on 178 gross and in second spot was Cameron Mitchell on 180. The winner of the Senior division was Neil Duchan on 176 gross.

Victoria Country Club also held its Club Champs at the weekend. The winner of the A division and Club Champion was Johnathan Hilliar with a gross 148 and runner-up was Reece van Niekerk on 149. The B division was won by Donald Nicholson in a four-man play-off with 171 and second was Sean Verdon.

The C division was won by Chris Hadley-Grave on gross 174, with second place going to Moosa Allee with 178.

From the 19th hole:

A father spoke to his son: “It’s time we had a little talk, my son. Soon, you will have urges and feelings you’ve never had before. Your heart will pound and your hands will sweat. You’ll be pre-occupied and won’t be able to think of anything else.” He added, “But don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal … it’s called golf.”

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