Expertly designed cart paths are not only aesthetically pleasing but also protect the composition of the course. Adhering to cart path rules is par for the course to keep golfers safe and prevent unnecessary fairway damage.
Written Cart Path Protocol
Carts provide tremendous convenience to players; we want to get as close to the fairway as possible while conserving energy to focus all efforts on our next drive. Golf carts pose a threat to courses, however, as cart wheels can leave ruts in turf and can accelerate soil compaction which can inhibit turf grass growth. Follow posted cart path rules at your course to reduce the occurrence of fairway damage.
Signs may indicate cart path only; keep carts on the path.
Signs may indicate a 90-degree rule; keep carts on the path until even with the position of your ball, then drive the cart directly toward your ball at a right angle (90-degrees) from the path.
Signs may indicate no carts beyond a certain point, typically near the green. Do not drive carts beyond the point specified, keep carts on the path.
Cart path signs do not typically apply to the entire course. It is helpful to stay alert to signs on the path so that you can maneuver accordingly. Signs may also change depending on weather conditions.
Unwritten Cart Path Protocol
Golf carts enable us to keep the game moving, but we should always be courteous to fellow golfers and keep our personal safety in mind when maneuvering a golf cart. When you leave the cart at the path, approaching your ball, bring potential clubs along so you will be ready to take your shot without returning to the cart.
Drive cautiously, being aware of the location of fellow golfers. Slow speed at cart path intersections allows for safe passage of other carts, and pedestrians. Always look behind before shifting a golf cart into reverse!
Golf carts are noisy. Be mindful of fellow golfers who are beginning or completing a stroke; stop to allow a quiet finish.
Golf cart paths are designed to keep golfers safe, turf undamaged, and encourage sportsmanlike game-play.