Golf was never the chicest of pastimes, unless you were particularly into Argyll vests and flat caps. But the sport has enjoyed something of a renaissance in the past decade with younger, trendier pro players and participants.
It seems there’s no let up on style with the introduction of a new golf cart, of sorts. The GolfBoard is a US $6,500 battery-powered four-wheeled device that can cruise at speeds of up to 19kph.
The board is the brainchild of legendary big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton and 81-year-old businessman Don Widman who claim that now “getting from one shot to the next is just as fun as hitting a great drive or approach shot”.
The developers are claiming a host of other benefits, including speeding up the game. Increasing the pace of play is good news for younger, more impatient players but can also mean more business for courses which can now get more players through in a day – two rounds on the GolfBoard can be played within five hours.
The mode of transport will also reduce wear and tear on the course, given that it weighs 52KG, which is lighter than most regular golf carts. The smaller 11-inch wheels also mean there is 30 percent less impact on the fairway.