Friday, October 23, 2009

Golf Cart Etiquette

With last week’s rain and the ensuing cleanup behind us, the golf course conditions have improved considerably from the drier summer conditions. All areas of the golf course benefited from the impressive rainfall last week and the maintenance crew has been busy trying to stay on top of the fast growing grass. You will probably notice a lot more grass clippings out there than usual and this is a good sign that the golf course will be healthy heading into the winter months with a dense stand of grass.

There has been plenty of play throughout the golf course over the past week or two and it looks to be busy heading into the first part of November. With the increase in play, it will be imperative that golfers properly take care of the golf course. The fairways and rough areas benefitted tremendously following aeration when carts were restricted to the paths. While we realize it is aggravating to stay on the path at all times, there are simple guidelines to follow to help keep the golf course in optimal condition. Many people think that small golf cart tires cannot cause too much damage and turf stress. However, golf carts induce a great deal of compacted pressure and are extremely stressful to turf. Please click on the link below to see the impacts of golf carts on the fairways. As we head into a more consistent rain pattern, there will be days where carts are on the path only. We make these decisions to help preserve and protect golf course conditioning. You will notice new signage just off the fairway to instruct carts where to travel. These signs will rotate periodically to spread out wear and compaction, but will always be kept a considerable distance away from green complexes. The approach areas of the golf course should be treated as a green surface as they are a prime area for shot-making. This rule applies for pull carts as well. Under no circumstances should carts ever come anywhere near a green surface.
Click on Link to Learn More About Golf Cart Ettiquette

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