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Pat Shingleton: "Carts on the Path..."

11 months ago Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:53:10 AM CDT April 06, 2014 Sunday, April 06 2014 Apr 6, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

"Carts on the path" is the customary vernacular of avid golfers after showers puddle a golf course. An inch of accumulated rain and a cart on a fairway rapdily causes damage and needed repairs for a greens superintendent. The directive means slower play and the need to "lift, clean and place" the ball during a round. Options include "carrying the bag," utilizing a pull cart or staying home. Two years ago, Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters Champion, tested a possible solution to wet courses. At the Arizona Raven Golf Club he drove the BW1. The $20,000 hovercraft floats on 9 inches of air, skims greens, traps and water hazards. Experts note that it takes 36 hours for courses to drain and the BW1 has 33 time less weight than a typical golf cleat.

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