Do we really need paved roads on golf courses?
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)?