How to Create the Best Golf Buggy Pathway
These days, no golf course is complete without a pathway for golf carts, providing players with an easy route between each hole. Having a golf buggy pathway in place will also minimise players needing to drive their golf cart across fairways and other areas of the course, which can cause damage and disruption to other players.
Particularly in wet conditions, a pathway for a golf buggy will help prevent turf grass wear out on the course, protecting its presentation while promoting seamless play for those enjoying a round.
AT Bone & Sons have considerable experience in building and constructing golf buggy pathways of the highest quality.
In this article, we’ll be sharing some tips and helpful information on how to create the best golf buggy pathway.
Golf Buggy Pathway Materials
Choice of materials is one of the first things to consider when constructing a golf buggy pathway. These can range from Self Binding Gravels, Rubber Crumb, Turf Reinforcement, Artificial Turf, and Woodchip, all coming with unique advantages. However, this article will focus on two we specialise in.
In our experience concrete is among the best materials you can select, and is what the client opted for when we built their pathways at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
In addition to constructing a reinforced concrete pathway for golf buggies, this project also saw the team install sleeper edging around a lake on the edge of the course to enhance its aesthetics and improve safety.
A concrete pathway is great if you’re looking for something low maintenance that will also offer longevity. They can last for years without requiring much upkeep other than occasional sweeping and hosing.
Resin is another material that is commonly used for golf cart pathways, with the rubber granules creating a robust, flexible, and hard-wearing surface – ideal for golf courses. It’s also great at reducing noise when a golf buggy drives across it but can become slippery in wet conditions.
When deciding on the placement of your pathway, there are several things you should keep in mind. Whilst there are practical and aesthetic elements to consider, always make paths as direct as possible. While different golfers’ shots will land in different places, you can guarantee that everyone will be heading to certain areas such as tees and greens so the route should always have easy access to these parts of the course.
If possible, a pathway should run on the side of the fairway and be concealed by vegetation to limit distractions for those playing. One-way systems should also be utilised to greatly reduce costs associated with the potential project.
Common sense when placing the pathway is always key, however AT Bone & Sons can advise on the best possible routing calling on years of prior experience. For example, if you know that the next tee is to the right of a green then make sure the exit is on that side; always keep the user in mind and make it as direct to the next part of the course as possible.
Additionally, the potential pathway route should minimise sharp turns, steep slopes, and blended into the style of the course.
Health and safety is a key part of constructing a golf buggy pathway. By their very nature, golf courses can be hazardous with balls dropping out of the sky. You can’t account for everything, but using trees or maintaining a safe distance from the areas where stray balls are likely to go is a good start.
Benefits to you
Overall, Golf Buggy Pathways can offer many benefits, and not just to the players. The existence of a pathway could increase the frequency of Golf Buggy use, therefore increasing Buggy revenue. It would also keep the course open for longer, as a constructed pathway would maintain the integrity of the course in wetter conditions and during the winter months.
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