The Golfer’s List Of New Year’s Resolutions – For Cart Usage
By Larry Gilhuly, agronomist, Northwest RegionJanuary 9, 2014
|(L) To avoid turf damage along cart path edges,
keep all four tires on paths, even when parking. (R) When driving power carts,
always be mindful of wet areas on the golf course.|
Okay, so you have read your share of New Year’s resolution
lists. You have probably have had your fill of them, but there are certain New
Year’s resolutions regarding cart usage on golf courses that will improve pace
of play and turf performance. With the New Year in mind, the following list is
offered to encourage all players to understand the positive and negative impact
your use of power and pull carts can have at your golf facility.
resolve to remember that cart paths are not like a road where parking is
needed on the edges. I will park/drive my golf cart on the hard surface only to
avoid wearing out turf along the edges.
resolve to enter and exit to and from cart paths while being mindful of areas
with very thin or worn turf.
resolve to realize that any sign with a directional arrow and the word “carts”
on it means I should go in that direction when driving a power cart.
resolve to park my cart in the direction of the next hole behind the green
(when applicable) to improve pace of play.
resolve to be aware of pace of play when sharing a cart with another
player. Parking and watching each other’s shots does little to speed up a round
resolve to always take my pull cart to the outside of bunkers rather than
narrow areas between greens and bunkers where turf easily thins and is
difficult to maintain.
resolve to be mindful of wet spots on the golf course and avoid such spots
with my power cart.
resolve to be mindful of dry areas showing signs of severe drought stress and
avoid such spots with my power cart.
resolve to understand that when carts are restricted to paths, it is for
good reason with the health of the turf and condition of the golf course in
finally, I resolve to remember that the game is truly a game that is meant
to include walking. For the sake of the turf and improved personal health, here’s
to walking more and driving less.
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