As you can imagine, we love golf cars. We love fast ones, ones that climb hills, and even ones used by golfers. We also love golf car culture. There are many misconceptions and curiosities swirling around the golf car community and these are our favorites.
Question: Why do some people say golf “cart” and some say golf “car”?
Answer: That little extra “t” makes a big difference. In the early stages of golf, an invention called the golf cart was used. Sure enough, it was used to carry golf clubs, bags, and other accessories, but it didn’t move on its own. Golfers would push or pull the cart through all 18 holes and then back to their homes.
Question: Are Americans obsessed with golf cars?
Answer: According to Golf Digest, Americans use golf cars six times more often than British golfers. Our fellow golfers across the pond view the use of golf cars as laziness, unless the golfer has a physical limitation.
Question: Why do some golf courses have a “cart path only” rule?
Answer: Although you may not particularly like the “cart path only” rule, it is important to respect it on the course. Over time, golf cars can speed up soil compaction, creating poor growing conditions for turf grass. If you value an ideal fairway, follow the rules.
Question: What is the most expensive golf cart?
Answer: At the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL, Garia Luxury Golf Cars displayed the Mansonry Prism Golf Car. Made in Germany, the golf car accelerates to 25mph in 2 seconds and is powered by lithium batteries. The luxury golf car has a luxury price tag of $69,000.
Question: What is the longest journey made by a golf car?
Answer: The longest recorded golf car journey was taken on January 14, 2017 in India by to men who traveled 1034.6 miles.
Question: Is golf car insurance required by law?
Answer: It depends. In some states, such as Arizona, golf car owners are required to carry liability insurance if they drive the car on the road. Check your state for specifics. But, even if your state does not require insurance, it is a good idea to insure your golf car against theft or damage. Many golf car owners are surprised to learn that golf cars are not typically covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy.
Question: Are golf cars safe to drive?
Answer: According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, 13,000 golf car related accidents occur nationwide each year that require an emergency room visit. Many of these accidents are the result of negligence, distraction, or intoxication. As with any motorized vehicle, when safety precautions are exercised, golf cars are considered to be a safe form of transportation.
Question: Am I required to have a driver’s license to drive a golf car?
Answer: In most states, golf car drivers must be at least 16 and have a valid driver’s license to operate a golf car. But, in Florida, drivers must be at least 14 years old and are not required to be licensed drivers. This law is important to many retired Floridians, as many of them move to a golf car community where they still drive golf cars after their licenses have been revoked.
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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.