Every fall, we face the decision when to permanently place cart on paths for the winter(dormant) time of the year. Carts on paths in the winter protects the turf from wear and tear when it is not actively growing. This wear and tear can contribute to late break in dormancy. Severe compaction can lead to weakened and or dead turf. Carts also driving on fairways in the winter can flatten the dormant turf making for less than desirable playing surfaces in the winter season.
I plan to place carts on paths beginning November 12th. If we have dry conditions, I will try to have carts off paths for our last event of the season for the Turkey Day Tournament to encourage a large group of players for one last fling on the fairways. Red flags will be allowed during the winter season if conditions are dry enough to safely allow the cart to be used. I would expect carts to be back on the fairways once the turf breaks dormancy and we begin to get growth which requires mowing next spring