The weather is perfect to get out and play a round (or two). Normal wear and tear is expected, however cart usage outside of the regularly designated areas quickly shows. Following the golf course’s policies regarding golf carts and pull carts can save its turf from unnecessary wear and tear.
The USGA explains how carts can cause extensive damage that leads to many additional hours of work by course superintendents. Read more about course care and how you, the player, can play your part here. USGA: Course Care
Nothing causes more damage to golf courses than the improper use of golf carts. Superintendents expend many labor-hours repairing this damage and trying to prevent it in the first place. The problems are many, and most could easily be prevented with common sense. One of the most common is players driving their carts on the banks of tees and the banks and approaches of greens. Driving too close to the greens is particularly troublesome, since the wear and tear on the turf in this area directly affects playing quality. These areas are frequently irrigated and therefore more susceptible to damage. Ropes, signs, and painted lines are all too frequently ignored by players who are too lazy to walk from the path to the green.
Unthinking cart drivers frequently pull two wheels off the path, presumably to make room for other carts to pass. Since they invariably do this next to greens and tees, it is no coincidence that ruts are commonplace in these areas immediately adjacent to the path. Although this is a great practice if you have a flat on the highway, it is unnecessary on the golf course. Seldom will someone need to pass a parked cart. Should a marshal, drink cart, or maintenance vehicle need to get by, they can easily pull off the path and around the parked cart.
Do – Avoid wet areas, stay off green and tee banks, and follow all directional signs, ropes, and lines.
Don’t – Pull half off the path, as it is unnecessary and causes damage to high visibility areas
See you at the courses and on the paths!