Golf carts have been used to transport players on golf courses around the world since the 1950s, but recently retirement communities and hotels have begun to provide trails for residents and clients, citing a need to improve customer experience and longer drive times.
Many golf carts use batteries, but typically the battery lasts only a few days. Some electric-powered golf carts are available, but buyers in the market for their own golf carts often shop for pre-owned golf carts and refurbished golf carts that run on gas.
Golf cart sales can be done over the internet or in person, with prices ranging from about $3,000 to upwards of $30,000: price depends upon how many people the golf cart will carry and by model. A gas engine golf cart can typically carry about 350 pounds of cargo as well as its stated passenger capacity: cargo space also varies by model.
Top speeds can be surprising: some golf carts can be driven as fast as 25 miles per hour, but if they are specially constructed to drive on public roads, then they are classified as a motor vehicle and must be operated by a driver with a license. If they are being driven on private property, a driver must be over the age of 15 in most states.
A gas engine golf cart is about half as heavy as a typical car and measures about eight feet long. They can carry up to 10 passengers, depending upon the model, and do come in ADA-compliant models for disabled passengers who would like to use them to get around.
Some retirement communities, realizing that older residents may feel more comfortable tooling around in a golf cart than they would driving, have installed extensive trails on their properties for residents’ enjoyment. Residents can enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and even the night sky from the comfort of their own golf carts.
People who are shopping for a personal golf cart often consult local dealers or look on the internet for good deals. Whether the golf cart is new or used, many Americans report that life from the seat of a golf cart is good, as long as the weather cooperates.