Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Chuck Wilson
There are growing numbers of homeowners that are purchasing golf carts and putting their gas-guzzling cars on an extended vacation in the garage. They have come to realize that the economical cart is much easier to park, maintain, and maneuver in the neighborhood than the automobile.
So what are the reasons you own a golf cart? They are affordable and fuel-efficient. They are useful. They are Fun!
This is a list of 12 reasons they are not only a great idea but will quickly become indispensable in your day to day life.
1. Golf Carts are affordable
On average they only cost from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars for a used one (The cart pictured on the right sidebar was $2400). New Carts are MUCH cheaper than a reliable used car and are far easier to maintain. The drawback is, you can’t drive them on regular streets that have a speed limit of 30 plus miles per hour.
Newer electric golf carts can run one or two 18 hole golf courses before needing recharging, and the fresh charge can be done overnight while you sleep. The newer lithium powered carts get 30 to 40 miles before needing a recharge. Of course, this leaves you waiting usually overnight before you can take off again. Gasoline carts are only limited by how much gasoline you have on hand.
2. Golf Carts Are Fuel Efficient
Generally speaking, the gasoline consumption of carts are on a par with motorcycles. The smaller the need for power, the smaller the engine size needed, and so the less gasoline required to travel from point A to Point B. I fill up a 5-gallon tank on my Club Car maybe twice a year. The modern gasoline-powered golf carts are only running when the pedal is pressed, and stop running when the cart is halted. Electric carts plug in at night and charge enough for an average daily run through the course or neighborhood.
3. Golf Carts Are Environmentally Friendly
Not even including the battery-driven carts, emissions from a cart are far less than an automobile or motorcycle. Some of the older golf carts use an oil injection system or an oil/gas pre-mixture that does cause some smoking, but those models are slowly phasing out.
4. Golf Carts Are Easy To Store
The footprint of a golf cart is small enough that I can fit it in the 2-car garage along with two automobiles. They can easily fit out of the way in a storage room as long as the door is wide enough (approximately 49-54 inches). It is easy to find a free-standing storage solution that folds up and packs away when not in use.
5. Golf Carts Are Easy To Transport
Any small 5’ x 7’ trailer can carry your golf cart to long-range destinations, but even a pickup with a large bed can be used with the tailgate down to transport most carts. The use of ramps or a convenient ditch makes it easy to load up your cart and get on your way.
6. Golf Carts Are Fun
On the 4th of July, my neighbors and I loaded up the Igloo ice chests and picnic baskets and took the back trails to the lake. We enjoyed the afternoon chatting and listening to patriotic music over the golf cart’s speakers while their kids played and waded in the water. After watching the firework display from the comfort of the cart, we switched on the headlights and headed back down the trails toward home. Many recreational trips like this happen simply because we have immediate access to medium-range destinations. One of our neighbors and his wife and dog spend Summer sunsets on Fridays at the lake.
7. Golf Carts Can Be Used As Utility Vehicles
Vacation cottages offer a housekeeping staff that visits several cabins and apartments per day to change the sheets, wash the laundry, and empty the trash. Using a golf cart to jump from condo to condo is ideal for this purpose. Sheets, cleaning supplies, fresh towels, etc can be transported with ease from one location to the next. Golf carts can be outfitted with all of the storage and easy access to tools and supplies.
Campgrounds use golf carts to shuttle in between cabins and campsites and airports routinely use electric golf carts to shuttle passengers from one terminal to the next. Garvin Gardens in our local national park uses golf carts year-round.
8. Golf Carts Provide Mobility To The Physically Disabled
Considering that the carts originally started as motorized wheelchairs, it’s no surprise the many of the people who have physical challenges to getting around their neighborhoods could benefit from using a golf cart. Many of the older residents that have been getting around with a walker have no problem at all driving around the neighborhoods and visiting friends and venues in the area.
Golf carts allow door-to-door travel without having to negotiate steep or long driveways…just park on the sidewalk near the front door.
9. Golf Carts Are A Great Hobby For Collecting And Rebuilding
Barn finds and junk sales can bring in some of the coolest vehicles, and the sky’s the limit on the modifications you can make. A modest amount of money upfront can occupy you for hours fixing up and personalizing your acquisitions.
Unless you’re into the 60-year-old models there is a wealth of manuals and instructions for repairing and maintaining golf carts on the web. I am continually trying to obtain and post the rarer of the documents on this site, so check back often.
For a list of ideas of tools to keep on hand, check out this post on building your own business.
10. Golf Carts Can Be A Status Symbol
Let’s face it. I love it when I pull up to the clubhouse in my ram style club car and a bunch of people are clapping saying “I love it!” I bought this particular golf cart because it didn’t look like all the others. A few years ago, Peachtree City in Georgia was referred to as the golf cart capital of the world with a hundred miles of tar paths jam-packed with teenagers running back and forth in their status symbols.
More and more, the interest in golf carts is not being driven by old folk, but with the 40-year-old generation x er who looks forward to customizing his cart with wheels and tires and stereos and lights. From custom paint jobs to speed modified racers, the lonely little golf cart has started to become a must-have in communities across the United States.
Even the color of the golf carts has changed from brown, red, or blue and turned into ice river blue or flaming tangerine. The led lights can be seen traveling up and down the hiking trails at night like a militarized troop of fireflies.
11. Golf Carts Do Not Require Licensing…In Most Cases
Golf courses have their own tags for yearly use, but to run on the trails and backstreets will not require you to tag your cart. Insurance is also not required even if it IS advisable to have it. Insurance is very affordable in comparison to an automobile and may be available as a rider on your car insurance policy.
12. Golf Carts Are Easy To Park
Ever wanted to park your car in the backyard but you knew it would take a Caterpillar to get it back out? How about on the patio under the awning when the hail storms come in? The small footprint of your golf cart makes it easy to park in unusual places and the low weight keeps it from ruining the landscaping. I usually have my cart right there alongside the bicycles at the country club.