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A Quick History of the Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Nowadays, you see golf carts everywhere, not just on the golf course. Businesses use them for quick, economical transportation on large properties, even inside buildings. They are easy to use, affordable to maintain and a great asset for airports, parks and other businesses. Even homeowners and working farms have harnessed the power of the golf cart for local transportation. Millions of carts are used every day, all starting with a big idea over 60 years ago. Here is a quick history of the popular golf cart.

  • World War II. The idea for a small electric vehicle started in World War II during gas rationing. Merle Williams begin tinkering with the idea of a small vehicle for women to use for grocery shopping.
  • The first golf cart that was produced was in 1951 in Redlands, CA by Marketeer Company, owned by Merle Williams.
  • Golf cart boom. The popularity of the golf cart was almost immediate after the first was produced. By the end of the 1950’s, E-Z Go, LEKTRO, Cushman and Club Car all began selling these versatile electric carts.
  • 1970’s. Up until the 1970’s, most golf carts had only three wheels with a tiller-type steering device. In the 1970’s, the golf cart design evolved to four-wheels. Also, gas-powered carts began to emerge and become popular.
  • 1980’s. Golf carts began finding their way off the course and into other areas of business throughout the 1980’s. Club Car and Yamaha began designing carts for utility and personal transportation.
  • 1990’s. More features and innovations began emerging as large corporations began buying the smaller companies and expanding, bringing us the into the 2000’s.

There has been sixty-plus years that have led up to the amazing options available in the golf cart industry. To see the latest options, stop by your local golf cart dealer.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

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