Are Golf Boards the future transport to the green?
If golf is leaving you bored, perhaps the solution is a new kind of board. It looks like a cross between a skateboard and a Segway scooter, it gets you around 18 holes and golf clubs are hoping it brings in a new generation of players to their sport.
The Golf Board was the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show’s Product of the Year and you can now try it in Georgia. The Chestatee Golf Club in Dawsonville is one of just a few clubs in the state where, for an extra $7 on top of your greens fees, you can eschew a golf cart and make like Tony Hawk instead.
“The younger crowd is going to be about the Golf Boards, so we attract a lot of the younger crowd,” said Chestatee Golf Club director of golf Brad Morrison. “Some of our members who are a little older enjoy them as well.”
Riders hop on the board, which takes some getting used to but is tough to topple over. There’s a throttle, a switch to choose between high or low speed (though neither are all that fast), a place to hold your clubs and a cup-holder. To turn, the rider leans right or left.
“It's very unique,” said Alpharetta’s David Bright who was trying the Golf Board. “I'm looking forward to maybe getting a core workout on the golf course, we'll see.”
Other courses in Georgia offering Golf Boards include Creekside Golf and Country Club in Hiram and The King and Prince Golf Course in St. Simons Island.