Originally Posted by Fourputt
Pretty darn proud of ourselves, aren't we? Somehow walking makes you a better steward of the greens than anyone else? Sustainability? Come on, give us a break with the holier than thou crap. When used as instructed (i.e. 90° rule, staying out of native grass, etc), carts do no more damage to a course than walking. I've actually seen walkers put their stand bags down on the green, poking holes with the legs.
You choose not to ride, and not to play any course which requires it... that's fine. You will miss out on the chance to play some pretty fine courses. And I hope you never develop any health issues which prevent you from walking. You'll have to give up the game I guess. Please don't try to lord it over the rest of us because you made a different choice.
I knew you'd have something to say about that comment. You have to search pretty hard to find a more arrogant or "holier than thou" attitude than you regularly display.
It just so happens that In my neck of the woods, there aren't too many courses with paved cart paths tee to green and it's pretty obvious when playing a course that send out more carts, that powercarts (and to a much lesser degree pull and push carts) do more damage to the course than foot traffic does. As has been mentioned by other posters, many folks have similar experiences regarding people walking (carrying or otherwise) being more likely to fix any damage caused by their clubs or balls. Maybe it's because they tend to have a closer connection to the ground and notice divots and ball marks, and maybe it's because more newbs take carts. Just my observations.
If you're a golf course stakeholder, you might see short term benefits of power carts (revenue, allow more people to play the game regardless of fitness level). That could seem like sustainability as it keeps the course in business. Long term sustainability for the course (and the planet) would indicate that walking is a better choice. I guess we'll see how it all turns out.
Edit: this must be a regional debate - in 25 years of golfing I don't think I've ever seen a single walker set his clubs down on the green. On the apron sure, but even then only when it's not too soft. I have seen plenty of people driving carts and pulling pull carts across aprons and tees even though the signage is pretty clear about that. The vast majority of cart users wouldn't ever consider that kind of behaviour, but it happens often enough that it's hard not to judge. And yet I don't lump every cart driver into that group, because that would be ____insert insulting icon here______.
Edited by sean_miller - 6/2/11 at 2:34pm