Another year has passed and when we look back at 2019, the wacky golf car stories didn’t disappoint. The golf car culture we all know and love goes a bit off the rails at times and you can bet I will be there to talk about it in my yearly wrap up. We have a lot to cover, so let’s dive right in.
The Beloved Villages, Florida
It seems that the Villages wins the prize for the golf car community that is in the news the most. A retirement community with more than 120,000 residents and 60,000 golf cars, there is always something wacky going on there. Residents who gave up their actual Corvettes to live in the community where cars are frowned upon, now have golf cars with Corvette bodies. Golf cars with under glow lights and doggie seats cruise around as if nothing remotely strange is happening.
The Infamous Florida Man
What happens when you mix the Florida man with a golf car? There were a few stories this year that let us know that nothing good will come of it. There was that time in August when a Florida man drove his golf car into Walmart, hitting several shoppers on his way. It finally came to a stand still when it hit a cash register.
And don’t forget about the Florida man who was arrested while driving his golf car. He was driving on the street and was found to be three time over the legal alcohol limit. As if he wanted to relive his college years, the man was found with five bottles of Fireball in the golf car. How did he not learn in his 20s that nights that involve Fireball never end well?
The U.S. Open Was Exciting
In June, as the 119th U.S. Open kicked off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, a runaway golf car sped through the venue. Unfortunately, five people were injured bear the 16th hole. How could this happen? The golf car was loaded with boxes to be delivered to a nearby concession stand. When the driver left the golf car unattended for a moment, one of the boxes fell onto the accelerator and wackiness ensued
Golf Cars on Fire
This is your yearly reminder that golf car batteries and chargers occasionally explode and catch fire. A country club in Clifton Forge, VA learned this the hard way when fire from one golf car spread to the golf car shed and burned it down, taking all the other golf cars with it. News stories from San Antonio, Oakdale, and Seabrook Island all describe wacky situations where golf car batteries and chargers caught fire and caused massive damage. Yamaha even recalled their 2018 Adventurer Two this year because of fire hazards caused by melting USB ports.
A new year is upon us bringing another twelve months of wacky golf car adventure and debauchery. Happy holidays and remember- golf car safety comes first.
About the Author: The Owner of WHEELZ Custom Carts & Accessories, Julie Starr was one of the industry’s first online retailers of golf car products. Her eCommerce store, www.WHEELZLLC.com, has been serving golf car owners since 2008 and the store remains a popular online shopping experience for golf car owners who want to take their golf cars to the next level.