Un­happy Trails

Do we re­ally need paved roads on golf cour­ses?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

e all talk the talk, but most of us don’t walk the walk. We use a golf cart, even if we’re phys­i­cally able to hoof 18 holes with ease. It’s habit, cus­tom and usu­ally part of the green fee at es­tate or re­sort cour­ses. We don’t re­ally mind carts, but we re­ally don’t like cart­paths – es­pe­cially paved ones. We don’t want to see them, don’t want to use them and ab­so­lutely hate it when we’re re­quired to stay on them.Worse still is when one of our ma­jes­tic tee shots bounces o the pave­ment and ends up outof-bounds. So we asked for opin­ions from course su­per­in­ten­dents: Do we ab­so­lutely need these trails of tears? And if the an­swer is yes, why can’t they be soft and out of sight?

WIf you don’t have cart­paths, you’ll have dirt.

I’ve played only a few cour­ses where the soil drained so well a er it rained that cart­paths were not needed. Many soils will not han­dle in­tense traf­fic when

If you must have cart­paths, the most prac­ti­cal method is to let the nat­u­ral pat­tern of cart traf­fic dic­tate where to place them. This would no doubt re­sult in cart­paths run­ning down the cen­tre of fair­ways. If you move them far enough out of the

Here’s a ques­tion: Can golfers ex­plain the 90-de­gree rule? If so, why is it so dif­fi­cult to re­mem­ber? When did golf carts be­come ATVs (All-ter­rain ve­hi­cles)?

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