This article is a little late coming, but it is relevant for those players still hitting the links. I am strong defender of my golf course. I replace divots (my own and others), fix multiple ball marks on the green, pick up garbage and rake sand traps. If I want Osprey Links Golf Course to be ready for when I break par, it needs a little care to keep it pristine. Unfortunately, there is one rule many players do not follow and it is keeping to the cart path when instructed to do so by the course management!
During the past season, there were many days where carts were instructed to stick to the cart path. On our course this means staying in the driest part of the rough. Yet, there are those who believe that they are above this specific demand and do what they want. This is the result.
Unfortunately, I have seen these cart path ruts by the green where the carts are forbidden all the time. I believe it is a sign of disrespect. I think it is important to look after my course and I am not shy to mention to others that they are hurting the course by not following the rules. Most players acknowledge my polite point and the problem is solved. Others….well.
Staying on the cart path, when instructed to do so, is very important. The staff are the experts in the care and maintenance of the course, so listen to their instructions. By doing so, the course will be in great shape when things dry which makes playing even more enjoyable.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!