May 2019 was the wettest May in history, and the third wettest month ever. I believe that we had carts off of the path for parts of three or four days last month. I am seeing water seeping out of areas that I haven't seen before in the twelve years that I have worked here. I am nearly sick of it. I know that the golfers are tired of keeping the carts on the path.
June is starting out similarly. An afternoon shower on June 1st, dumped nearly an inch of rain on the course, and put the carts back on the path. Today is Monday June 3rd, and we have the carts off of the path to start the day. Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast for seven of the next ten days.
While I do enjoy getting to TORTURE the golfers by making it "Cart Path Only" on the course, I do not enjoy how that focuses all of the cart traffic damage along the path. As a group with more than one cart plays down each hole, the carts tend to leap-frog down the path. As each cart passes the other, two or more tires tend to track out through the turf. With the wet conditions on this and probably all golf course, this can cause significant rutting and damage along the path.