Golf is a beautiful sport. But it’s slow, and to the causal observer, slow is the same as boring. The “GolfBoard” is hoping to change all that. It won’t, but that’s OK. It still looks like a lot of fun.
A new battery-powered vehicle could see the sport appealing to a generation more accustomed to riding a skateboard than a golf cart. The GolfBoard is a cross between a skateboard and a cart and is fitted with gearboxes similar to those found in cars to let you cart your clubs around in style.
The GolfBoard was invented by Don Wildman, the founder of Bally Total Fitness, along with big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and entrepreneur Star Faraon. The golf-cart alternative reaches a top speed of 12 miles an hour and retails for $6,500.
“I know if I had kids, they would really like to come out and play golf if they got to ride around on…an electric skateboard,” Wildman told the Courier Mail. “It will do for golfing what snowboarding did for skiing.”
Yes, just like the Segway revolutionized personal transportation. I can’t remember the last time I walked. Also, I’m not sure I trust endorsements given by fictitious children.
Again, I don’t mean to be too pessimistic. GolfBoard looks like a lot of fun to ride, and I hope golf courses start offering them as options (although I imagine there will be some liability issues). But at the end of the day, a rider will still have to get off GolfBoard and play golf. And if they don’t already enjoy the sport, no amount of technology is going to change their minds.
(Source: The Daily Mail)