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Oct
16

The History of the Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Today’s golf carts go far beyond just traveling between 18-holes. Golf carts have come off the course and now are used in airports, for personal transportation, for events and all types of activities. Have you ever wondered when and how these economical and eco-friendly vehicles were invented? Here is a brief timeline on the history of the golf cart and how they become a staple for business and personal use.

  • Golf carts were first actual carts that were pulled like rickshaws by caddies…in the 1930-40’s these were used on some courses and the first versions of electric golf carts were devised based on this concept. However, none caught on for mass production during these early stages.
  • R.J. Jackson marketed the first gas-powered, 3-wheeled golf cart in the 1950’s called the Arthritis Special, geared toward elderly golfers.
  • Marketeer began selling electric golf carts in 1951, which quickly became more popular than the gas-powered version. They were quieter without smoke, traits that were appreciated on the golf course.
  • During the 50’s, several other companies began making golf carts, including E-Z Go in 1954, which are still around today
  • By the 1960’s, golf courses began to rent carts to give those unable to buy their own an option for course transportation.
  • 1970’s until today, golf carts remain similar but with more options and better technology. Batteries last longer, more custom options can be added and street legal kits are available, making them popular for many different activities.

Golf carts have come a long way since they were pulled around by caddies. To see all the new options in golf carts, visit a local golf cart dealer and checkout all the models and features available.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Sep
3

Customization Options for Your Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When you buy a vehicle, one of the factors you consider is the features. You want to have aesthetic, convenience and comfort features that make your ride more enjoyable. The same can be true of your golf cart. Many of the same options that come standard on most cars and trucks can be added to your golf cart. Here are some ways you can personalize and customize your golf cart for your preferences.

Paint and Wheels

Make your golf cart match your style with customized paint and upgraded wheels. You will be amazed what a few aesthetic options can do to make your golf cart look more stylish.

Heaters and Fans

Even though many golf carts are open-air vehicles, you can still benefit from a heater or fan in your cart. This can give you comfort between holes on the course or wherever you travel with your vehicle.

Enclosures

If you get caught in a rain storm or use your golf cart in the winter, an enclosure can be handy to have. This can keep you warm and dry when you are enjoying your trips outside.

Stereo

Few cars or trucks would be sold without some type of stereo. You can choose any type of audio system you want – connect to your digital music or just add a radio or stereo.

Comfort and Convenient Options

Comfortable seats, cup holders and other features we take for granted in other vehicles rarely come standard in a golf cart. But you can add them or ask for them to be included when you order your new golf cart.

Don’t settle for a boring “cart” when you can have a stylized personal transportation vehicle. Talk to your golf cart dealer about all the options available to customize your golf cart.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jun
24

How Long Will My Golf Cart Last?

Posted in Golf Carts

If you are considering buying a new golf cart, you may wonder how long you can expect your purchase to last. While components can wear out, the vehicle itself can last for many decades. Both gas and electric golf carts have similar longevity expectations when it comes to their frames, but engines and other components can vary. Here are some factors that can impact whether your new golf cart is still running 30 years from now or needs replacement 7-10 years down the road.

Frame Material

Differing brands and models of golf carts may use steel or aluminum frames. Aluminum does not rust and can last much longer than steel but has other limitations. Steel can handle more weight and may be better for rougher terrain. Good paint can help protect steel from rusting and extend the life of golf carts with these types of frames.

Preventive Maintenance

Like any vehicle, a golf cart is an investment that is best protected by preventive maintenance. Tune-ups, brake service, battery care, new paint and other maintenance can help extend the life of your golf cart.

Type and Frequency of Use

It should be expected that a golf cart used for commercial purposes on a daily basis will wear out quicker than those used less frequently for recreational use. Heavier loads, rougher terrain and higher speeds will all impact the longevity of the vehicle.

For most people, a well-maintained golf cart used for recreational or private purposes can last for 30-40 years. However, it is common for owners to trade in their models after several years to upgrade to a newer vehicle. To learn more on how to make your golf cart last as long as possible, talk to your local golf cart dealer.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jun
5

What is the Difference Between a Gas and Electric Golf Cart?

Posted in Golf Carts

The main two types of golf carts are divided by their fuel or energy engine type. Electric golf carts are the standard and have been used for many decades, one of the first all-electric vehicles. Gas golf carts are a secondary option yet have become more popular for use off the golf course due to their versatility. The differences go beyond the type of engine and where you intend to use your golf cart. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to decide which is better for your needs.

How Far/Long to You Plan to Drive?

Electric golf carts are great for short distances and a limited amount of use. Since they require a battery for energy, they can only run for a limited amount of time. Quick trips around a commercial or residential property, or for a round of golf on the course, are perfect for an electric golf cart.

Gas-powered golf carts are better for longer distances and extended use. If you are heading several miles or into the woods on the street or will be using it, gas golf carts are a better option.

What is Your Budget?

Electric golf carts tend to be less expensive to buy and require less maintenance than gas golf carts. For an economical and eco-friendly option, electric may be a better choice.

Do You Want More Amenities?

Gas-powered golf carts are popular for those that want amenities similar to a car. These carts can go faster and farther, so owners also want features for comfort and convenience. If you are looking for more amenities and a custom ride for your cart, gas-powered may be best for your needs.

To learn more about the differences and benefits of both types of golf carts, visit your local dealer to compare the options.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

May
9

5 Creative Uses for Golf Carts

Posted in Golf Carts

Golf carts are not just for a day out on the course. These personal transportation vehicles can be used in a variety of ways, making life easier and more convenient. Most golf carts can be easily loaded to go anywhere you travel, making them wonderful for use at home and on the go. Here are five creative uses for your golf cart beyond a few rounds on the course.

  1. Camping. Want an easy way to travel around the campground? Bring along your golf cart so those with bad knees or limited mobility can quickly travel to the showers, water or camp store.
  2. Shooting events. Heading to the sporting clays course? A golf cart can make it easier to travel from each station and give your legs a break.
  3. Beach buggy. Many accommodations at the beach are still a good distance from the beach. Make it quick and easy to get to the beach by bringing along your golf cart for personal transportation.
  4. Neighborhood ride. Upgrade your golf cart with a street legal kit for residential street use. Golf carts can be an economical option for quick trips around the neighborhood.
  5. Special events. If you avoid going to some special events due to the amount of walking required, a golf cart can be a way to enjoy these occasions. Bring your golf cart to destination weddings and other events to give you the option to stay off your feet.

There are many ways to use a golf cart, especially for those who have a disability or mobility issues. These personal transportation vehicles can be a wise investment and improve your quality of life.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Apr
16

5 Reasons to Choose an Electric Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Both gas and electric gas carts can be excellent choices for personal transportation. Whether you need a golf cart for enjoying your favorite sport or for a quick and easy way to get from point A to point B, it is important to choose a model that will best suit your needs. For many people, an electric golf cart has more benefits and is the right choice. Here are five reasons to consider electric for your next golf cart.

  1. Great prices. Electric golf carts can be easier on the budget than gas-powered models. There are economical options that are affordable and cheap to maintain.
  2. Eco-friendly. Electric is the green option when it comes to golf carts. No fuel is needed, just batteries to power the engine. Electric motors run cleaner and do not have the emissions of a gas-powered engine, making it a better choice for protecting the environment.
  3. Easy maintenance. When it comes to routine maintenance, electric golf carts are simple. The batteries are the main items you need to maintain, but there are fewer engine maintenance requirements.
  4. Quiet. Electric motors are almost silent. If you want a stealth golf cart for personal transportation, electric is the way to go.
  5. No smell or filling the tank. Electric golf carts do not have fumes, so they can be used indoors. They also do not need to be filled with fuel – just keep your battery charged and you are ready to hit the golf course.

There are benefits to gas-powered golf carts, but for many, electric is a great option. Visit your local golf cart dealer to learn more about the different models available to find the best one for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Feb
26

What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Whenever you purchase a used vehicle, it can be risky. You never know if there are hidden issues that could cost you more down the road. The same is true of a used golf cart. Even if it seems to be in good condition, there could be problems that are not apparent. Before you purchase a previously-owned golf cart, here are a few tips to help ensure it is a good investment.

  • Age. How old is the cart? If it is more than fifteen years old, you could run into issues getting parts for repairs. Be careful buying too old of a cart as it may not have much life left in it, even if it was lightly used. Most golf carts made after 2005 will have a tracker in place that can tell you the number of hours and cycles it has used.
  • Batteries. For electric golf carts, batteries are one of the most expensive components to replace. Ask about when they were last replaced. If it has been over a year, you can expect that you will need to replace them soon. Also look for bulging or corrosion, signs that the batteries are at the end of their life cycles.
  • Refurbished or used? Many dealers will sell refurbished golf carts that have had maintenance done to ensure they are reliable. Be careful of “as-is” used carts bought from private owners; you may want to have it brought in and inspected to determine the condition by a local golf cart dealer.

Buying a used golf cart can save you money, but you want to ensure it is going to be reliable. Check with your local golf cart dealer to see if they have used models for sale that have been inspected or refurbished to protect your investment.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jan
25

Why Your Equestrian Business Needs a Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Big animals need big places to roam and thrive. When you own an equestrian business like a training facility, boarding stables or breeding operation, you most likely have many acres of land and several outbuildings for your horses and services. One of the tools that can make your job easier around your property is owning a golf cart for your business. Here are a few ways a golf cart can benefit your equestrian business.

Save Time

In any business time is money. The more time it takes you to care for your horses or go from one area to another, the less time you for growing and managing your business. Golf carts can quickly get you from point A to point B on your property – saving ten minutes several times or more throughout the week can give you hours more time to invest in your business.

Hauling Gear

There is plenty of gear and other heavy items that are used in most equestrian businesses that may need to be transported. Using a full-size vehicle is not always an option, especially when tack or feed only needs to be moved from one building to another. Golf carts with a cargo area can make it easy to haul smaller loads whenever and wherever you need to go on your property. Plus, it can save stress on your body and take less time than carry items short distances.

If you want to make it easier and more efficient to run your equestrian business, consider investing in a golf cart for transportation on your property. Visit a golf cart dealer to discuss the different features and options that will help your business thrive.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Dec
10

Benefits of Purchasing a Refurbished Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When you decide it is time to invest in a golf cart for recreation, business or personal transportation, you have many options to choose from, including size, model, power source and much more. When you decide between electric and gas, or the seating capacity, you also need to find a golf cart that is reliable and in your budget. You can buy used, which has risks, while buying new can cost more than you want to spend. However, purchasing a refurbished golf cart may be the right option. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Reliability. A refurbished golf cart has had the engine and other systems maintained and updated. While it is used, you are assured that the tires, brakes, battery and engine are in good condition.
  • Warranty. Many refurbished golf carts from dealers come with a limited warranty, giving you peace of mind that you are investing in a quality vehicle. Ask about what the warranty covers and whether it is based on mileage, time and if there are any specifications.
  • Best value. You can get a top-quality golf cart for a fraction of the price of what it would cost new. Instead of buying a new cart, but with less quality and features, you can buy a higher-end model that is refurbished for less money. You can get more bells and whistles, while still staying within your budget.

There are many options available when you want to purchase a golf cart. Talk to your local golf dealer and ask about the refurbished golf cart options that are available. You may find the perfect fit for your needs at a price you can afford.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Nov
8

Do You Need Insurance for Your Golf Cart?

Posted in Golf Carts

You have insurance on your home, vehicles and many other items you own, but do you have insurance on your golf cart? Many people never think about whether insurance is needed for their golf cart, but it may be wise to consider adding it for your protection. In most cases, golf cart insurance is inexpensive, but may come in handy if there is an accident. There are two main options for golf cart insurance: a homeowner’s endorsement and separate auto coverage. Here is the basics on each type and when they are appropriate.

Homeowner’s Endorsement

In many cases, an endorsement can be added to your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover your golf cart. This is usually used when a golf cart is only used for golfing or on your personal property. This is the least expensive option for coverage, but it is limited. If you use your golf cart as personal transportation on neighborhood streets, a separate policy may be needed for better coverage.

Auto/Vehicle Coverage

Your golf cart can be covered as a separate vehicle, protecting you in the event you are in an accident on the street or off your property. If you have a street-legal golf cart, this may be the best option for covering you when you are using your cart as a personal transportation vehicle. Some homeowner associations may require that you have insurance on your golf cart if you use it on the neighborhood streets.

To find out more about golf cart coverage, talk to your local golf cart dealer. They can recommend insurance agents that offer specialized coverage and other safety features you can add to protect against accidents and make your golf cart safer for use.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

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