“If you don’t have cart­paths, you’ll have dirt.”

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

Cart­paths are nec­es­sary at high-use cour­ses, and even at some ex­clu­sive pri­vate cour­ses. With­out paths, turf gets stressed. There are ma­te­ri­als other than as­phalt or con­crete that can be used, like crushed stone, blended sand, wood chips, etc. These ma­te­ri­als might be un­sta­ble on hilly ter­rain and cre­ate main­te­nance headaches a er heavy rains. They also re­quire pe­ri­odic groom­ing to smooth them out and keep them free of weeds. they’re wet. Golf ar­chi­tects have worked hard to hide paths from the view of a tee shot or an ap­proach shot into a green. But o en you run out of real es­tate, or the golf hole is so flat you don’t have the abil­ity to hide them.

Cart­paths al­low ar­chi­tects to build cour­ses in places that wouldn’t be ideal for golf with­out them, like moun­tain­ous re­gions. Safety is an­other rea­son for cart­paths. Go­ing down a slope on wet turf is a prob­lem for carts. way, no one will use them; if you try to hide them closer to the hole, they will look fab­ri­cated. It’s re­ally a ques­tion of what each club’s con­stituency de­sires.

Be­sides us­ing paths for golf carts, they are needed for main­te­nance equip­ment to travel around the course. Not many cour­ses have the op­tion, in prop­erty or fund­ing, to have sep­a­rate roads for equip­ment. It would be great if cart­paths could be hid­den, but let’s be hon­est: Golfers don’t use the paths any­way.

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