We have recently experienced several instances of cart path ropes being cut, presumably so that a cart can enter the fairway closer up, rather than driving to the end of the staked area. Its bad enough that carts will drive over the stakes and ropes, but cutting them is vandalism. The ropes are being cleanly cut, so it is not an accident. I have spoken to the Greens Committee, and they agree that anyone caught cutting ropes will be subject to a loss of golf privileges.
These stakes are very important for maintaining the health of the turf on the course. Traffic repeatedly wears down the turf, which is already stressed from lack of rain and cooler temperatures. Just take a look at the path along #9 where carts turn on the grass instead of driving to the end and using the turnaround. There’s hardly any grass left there. Staking it gives it a chance to grow back. I think we all agree on the importance of maintaining our golf course to the highest levels, and actions like this to save a few seconds of driving time compromises its condition.