Since you are reading this, chances are that golf cars are a big part of your life. But golf car culture has reached mainstream America and is infiltrating daily life for average folks, not just golf car fanatics. Golf cars are in the courtroom, in the news, and even in the bars. We discovered a few of the ways that golf car culture has taken over:
• The News
At least once a week, golf cars appear on my digital news-feed for some reason. Here are a few examples:
• “Secret Service has spent $35,000 on golf cart rentals”
• “Investigation under way into golf cart incident involving child”
• deliver ‘Blessing Rocks’ by golf cart on spring break”
• “Golf cart business reaps benefits of Upstate growth”
• “North Baltimore addresses golf cart restrictions”
• “Teen owes $11,219 for taking stolen golf cart on a demolition derby”
Whether the news is tragic, comical, political, or legal, it is difficult to dispute that golf cars are everywhere and are making the news regularly. In the words of musician, Trevor Dunn, “Pop culture is not about depth. It’s about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism.” It is just a matter of time before golf cars are considered a symbol of American pop culture.
Across the country, golf car owners are fighting for fewer restrictions, local governments are fighting for tighter restrictions, and golf car related civil and criminal cases are also being filed. As golf cars quickly grow in popularity, they are becoming an inexpensive and fun way for people to travel short distances. Whether within communities or down to the local grocery store, golf car owners are speaking out and fighting restrictive codes and laws governing the use of golf cars.
Criminals have begun to realize the value of golf cars and stolen golf cars have been reported across the nation. Golf car owners have responded by forming groups to announce stolen golf cars, making them more difficult for thieves to sell. Local police are beginning to handle the thefts more seriously and golf car cases are showing up with more frequency in criminal courts.
Tragically, the down side of golf car popularity is that injuries and even golf car related deaths are on the rise. Civil dockets indicate that negligence lawsuits are being filed for the roles played in golf car crashes.
On a less serious note, golf car inspired drinks are growing in popularity. Bars, mostly within RV and golfing communities, have caught on to golf car culture and are inventing cocktails to honor the golf car enthusiast. Here are a few of our favorites:
Broken Down Golf Car
½ oz Amaretto
½ oz Midori Melon Liqueur
1 dash lime juice
Shake a strain through ice.
Broken Down Golf Car #5
¼ oz Midori Melon Liqueur
¼ oz Amaretto
¼ oz Vodka
¼ oz Cranberry Juice
Mix and serve over ice.
Arnold Palmer’s Golf Cart
2 oz Sweet Tea Vodka
Top with Lemonade
Mix and serve over ice with a lemon garnish.
Whether you play golf, cruise around for fun, or rely on your golf car as your primary transportation, you are not alone. Golf car culture is taking over mainstream America and it has only just begun.
About the Author: The Founder/Former Owner of WHEELZ Custom Carts & Accessories, Julie Starr, was one of the industry’s first online retailers of golf car products. The eCommerce store, www.WHEELZLLC.com, has served golf car owners since 2008 and remains a popular online shopping experience for golf car owners who want to take their golf cars to the next level.