Feature Design

Cart paths

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Cart paths are necessary on most courses to prevent damage to the turf in high traffic areas. Where walking is encouraged, the paths are usually located around greens and tees only. Courses that use golf carts predominantly or exclusively often require a continuous cart path from the first tee to the eighteenth green.

Paths should not dominate the landscape. They are therefore designed with gentle curves, located in less visible areas and hidden with mounding or plant materials wherever possible. However, convenience must also be considered and therefore their placement is dictated by the direction and route golfers want to travel.

Keeping carts on the path is a challenge. Curbs beside tees and greens, gentle curves to prevent the cutting of corners, and a width of 2.4 m. will all contribute to better use of the paths.

Materials are an important consideration in the development of acceptable cart paths. Gravel is less expensive and is a softer surface, but gravel paths can be dusty, develop potholes, and stones can damage mowers. Asphalt is more expensive and golf balls are deflected farther off line, but they are cleaner and require less maintenance. Concrete is expensive but has the same benefits as asphalt with the added advantage of being more appropriate in warmer climates.