Is it okay to put your bag in a T-shirt box?

It’s a simple question, but one that can lift emotions. Here’s our take on this controversial piece of golf cart etiquette

It looked as good as we imagined. Green, rolled up like a carpet, and flawless – there are few places that match the feeling you get when you spy on the first tee at the Old Course at St Andrews.

It was so perfect that I felt guilty for walking my size nine times, and so we carefully parked our carts at the entrance to the tee and prepared to pull a paddle.

The starter looked at us with some incredulity and then said the words I never thought I’d hear: “It’s all right, comrades, you can bring your carts over here.”

And so we did. But it felt weird. We are so used to leaving our carts as far away from our precious lawn as possible that when you were asked to bring them in we felt it was somewhat illegitimate.

Former Open Champion Paul Lawry found himself in the middle of a minor social media storm in the summer of 2021 when he posted a video of himself taking the famous postage stamp at the Royal Troon.

Except it wasn’t the quality of his shot that ignited the flames rather than his cart loitering in the background.

Speaking on the From the Clubhouse podcast, Lawrie said: “A guy made a comment saying, ‘Gigs shouldn’t be on a tee — that’s terrible etiquette. ‘” “I don’t know about you but a cart on a tee isn’t anything that’s going to change the game of golf. It’s not something I would take on someone. My cart is always on the tee when I’m playing golf.”

So what is the correct golf cart etiquette? How do you stay out of trouble?

Lori felt that the karts did no damage to the tee. I would fancy that there are a few keepers in some of the wetter parts of England who would strongly disagree with this assessment.

But the European Tour legend, who was talking about the general mindset we had to remove from golf, then said what is the primary answer in this situation. He added, “If some clubs don’t allow you to do that, it’s up to them.” “Not a problem.”

Golf cart etiquette rules

Although there is nothing set in the rules of golf, it is an unwritten rule to aim your trolley on wide sidewalk – usually found on club websites or posted on their bulletin boards.

For those who apply it, especially at this time of year, studies have shown that carts and carts can cause damage to turf on golf courses and can compact soil as it moves across it.

There are other clubs, though, that are more relaxed, have a slightly looser ground, and are more than happy to saunter away at your leisure.

If in doubt, it’s best to stay on the cautious side and stay away from the tees or, of course, you can always ask.

What do you think of golf cart etiquette? Is it a good idea to ride it on a tee, or should it not be near such a prepared surface? Let me know with tweet.


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