When Oakley and Bubba Watson teamed up to make his vision for a hovercraft golf cart into an awesome reality, millions of golfers instant salivated at the prospect of an all-terrain mode of transportation around the links.
A golf course in Ohio is about to make some dreams come true by giving players the opportunity to ride in style.
On July 27, Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield will become the first course in the United States to offer the hovercrafts for rental. It'll run someone $200 per round to rent one of two hovercarts.
While the average golf cart goes no faster than 20 mph, these bad boys will have some juice. The hovercarts will have a 65-horsepower engine capable of reaching speeds up to 50 mph, side-by-side seating for up to four passengers, a lift-up roof, room for two golf bags and sand bottles.
Indiana-based Neoteric Golf Hovercraft manufactures the carts, which are usually made for police and rescue outfits.
Club managing director Pete Duffey was inspired by Watson's video.
“We wanted to be able to offer something no other course could,” Duffey said. “A way to further put Windy Knoll Golf Club on the map of public destination golf courses. It was an easy decision. When we saw them on YouTube, we said ‘We gotta have those!’”
With the weekend green fee running at just $27 per person, the total outlay to rent the cart and play is $254. Not bad.
Even better? The chances of crashing are slim. Windy Knoll is a links-style course built on what was once a horse farm. Wide, open spaces.