Peachtree, Georgia–The Golf Cart City

I am now living in Peachtree City, Georgia. There is nothing unique about the humidity, since we had that in the Houston area. We had big trees in Tennessee and Kentucky, and even in Oregon, where I grew up. The people are friendly and the food is great, but we had that in Texas too. What is very unique about Peachtree City, Georgia is their golf cart paths.

No, there is not an unusual amount of golf courses. There are, of course, a few around but many, many people own golf carts who do not golf. Peachtree City was built in a very marshy area covered by beautiful tall trees.

Fayetteville, Georgia is to the east and it is the older, more established community but there were no houses in the Peachtree area.  A developer bought the huge tract of land in the 1960s and devised a way to drain the area. That left him with acres and acres of prime real estate.

So he designed a community where golf cart paths run through the trees from one small community of beautiful big homes to another small community of beautiful homes. The paths also provide access to the retail areas. When the carts have to cross a major road, there are golf cart (and foot traffic) bridges over the roads. In some places there are “impossible to see” tunnels under the roads. When we arrived we saw the bridges over the roads but didn’t know about the tunnels under them, until we were walking on one of the cart paths and stumbled into a tunnel that was totally hidden from the road. What a beautiful walking area. Many people walk their dogs down the paths.

Sometimes the paths run along the side of slower roads and you have to wait and let the carts cross. There are 25 mile per hour speed limits posted for the carts, and as I understand it, you can drive one at age fourteen. Imagine my surprise when I saw small parking spaces in front of the Kroger store for golf carts. Most stores have parking space to accommodate them.

Everyone drives them–grandparents, children, families etc. I saw one family come to church in their cart. And they have plastic sides that they can let down if it turns a little cold. Some people even have little cart garages on the back of their property, if it is near the cart paths. We have been mesmerized by them winding their way through the trees on a regular basis. What a beautiful drive home!

Yes, the homeowners do have automobile access to their houses, but I think many people never take their car out of the garage unless they are traveling out of the area. On the downside though, the streets in Peachtree City don’t have sidewalks and there isn’t much shoulder on the road for bikers.

The people who live here tell me all the high school kids drive golf carts to school and there is a big parade when school gets out and they head for home. Golf cart paths could only work as major transportation in areas that don’t get too cold or too wet. I can’t imagine driving a golf cart to school on a cold January day in Utah. Brrrr!

The church mission president is talking about putting some of the missionaries on bikes, but I don’t think that would work well in Peachtree City. I suggested that the church buy some golf carts, but I suppose there isn’t a box for “golf carts” on the order form 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

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