Long Island Ends Controversial Golf Cart Policy

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EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- A controversial policy mandating the use of golf carts on one of Long Island's most prestigious public courses was rescinded Thursday.
 
Officials in Nassau County came under fire in July when they announced that carts would be required for anyone wishing to play its premier municipal 18-hole course -- Eisenhower Red.
 
Previously, carts were only mandatory for play on weekends at the popular course that annually hosts a PGA Champions Tour event for golf professionals older than 50. That policy remains in effect.
 
The mandatory cart rule was billed as a way to allow more golfers to have access to the course, presuming it would speed the pace of play. An increase in revenues for the county was also a side benefit.
 
That is no longer the case.
 
'While the course experienced a modest increase in revenue, the pace of play did not enjoy a similar improvement,' said a statement posted on the Nassau County Parks Department Web site. 'Based on this observation, the department has decided to discontinue the weekday program as of September 20.'
 
The policy attracted widespread grumbling from golfers. A growing number of cities and counties have mandated the use of electric or gas-powered carts, believing they are necessary to speed the pace of play and therefore allow more golfers access to the course, causing chagrin among purists.
 
'It ought to be called 'cart ball,' it isn't golf,' Sandy Tatum, a former president of the United States Golf Association and NCAA golf champion told The Associated Press last month. He argued that charging extra for carts inhibits people from all economic classes from enjoying the game.
 
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