In theory, golf carts make it easier for players to get across the course, saving their much-needed energy for the game. In practice, golf carts can be more of a nuisance than a help, as many standard carts creep along at unbearably slow speeds. Luckily, you don’t have to stick with these standard speeds. Golf cart speed is often controlled by a device called a governor, and you can adjust the governor on a golf cart relatively easily to make the cart faster.
When you take your golf cart on the course, it is exposed to dirt, dust, leaves, sand and grass. A rubber mat can help prevent the floor of the cart from becoming permanently soiled, but if you don’t clean the mat regularly it too can become stained.
The seats are very important parts of your golf cart. Since they are often exposed to the elements when in storage or when out on the course, it’s important to clean them regularly. This not only keeps your golf clothing from getting stained; it also helps your seats last longer. Most golf cart seats are made of vinyl, which is fairly easy to clean. Many also have removable seat covers for added comfort and quick cleaning.
Golf carts frequently become damaged because of overuse, improper use or a lack of maintenance. The latter often results in dead batteries, which can be fixed rather simply. A few other common problems include flat tires, bent or broken rims and body damage.
If you use a cart on the golf course, be aware of golf cart etiquette. These rules are designed for your safety, and to protect the turf on the fairways and greens. When you pay your greens fees, find out which cart rules are in effect for the day. Rangers are on hand to make sure players follow the rules.
Golfers who use a cart on the course should be aware of golf cart safety rules. Courses may be posted with signs designed to steer carts in the desired direction, either with wording or with arrows. Other indicators are roped off areas, which tell players that sections of the course are off limit to carts. In addition, there may be special golf cart rules in effect on certain days.
Why do people like playing golf at night? Corky Newcomb often hears this question, and to answer he describes a recent encounter with a teammate from his high school baseball team. “He’s a hell of a golfer and I asked him if he ever played night golf,” said Newcomb, president of Nitelite Sports, a manufacturer of glowing sports equipment including golf balls. “He said, ‘Yeah. It’s the funniest thing. I don’t know why, but every time you hit that glowing ball and you see it out there bouncing after it lands, it makes me laugh my ass off.’ “One of my friends came up with the line, ‘It’s the second most fun you can have in the dark,’” Newcomb continued. Scot Baraw gets a similar question about snow golf. Every January during the Stowe Winter Carnival, dozens of people trudge through sometimes waist-deep snow to the golf course, makeshift clubs in hand, often dressed in Halloween costumes. They’re raring to hit a paddle tennis ball around the greens -- or in this situation, the whites. “I really think it’s the insanity of it all,” said Baraw, who organizes the event. “You have a lot of professional people, grown adults, out there in the middle of winter playing golf in a costume. Picture it -- it’s crazy.” Golf is no longer relegated to the pristine conditions of a spring day, when the sun is shining and the weather is ideal. A growing number of people are looking for new challenges within the sport they love, and for some, that means playing in the pitch dark or dead of winter.
Golfers have options when deciding how they'll transport their golf bag during a round of play. An easy method is in the back of a power cart, and a labor-intensive method is carrying the bag. If you want a more moderate solution that affords you some exercise, consider buying or renting a push cart or a pull cart.
It's easy to replace or add lights to a golf cart. This technique can be used for any golf cart, whether it is powered by gas or electricity. Before beginning, gather all of your tools and materials in one spot that you can easily reach.