The “Woody” custom golf carts at the Goodwood golf courses, in the English county of West Sussex, have got to be the classiest golf carts that can be hired at any golf course in the world.
Goodwood is well known to speed freaks as the home of the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, two annual automotive events organized by Lord March that bring together the finest cars and drivers in the world to bomb up the hill climb course on the Goodwood country estate.
What is less known is that Goodwood is home to two great golf courses, The Downs and The Park.
“Golf at Goodwood has always been about redefining the way the game is played and about offering a unique experience,” commented Stuart Gillett, General Manager for Golf at Goodwood.
“Over the past few years we have invested heavily into the 12,000-acre estate to maintain our place – and especially that of our historic James Braid-designed Downs Course, ranked by Golf World Magazine as one of England’s Top 100 Golf Courses – in the top 5% of courses in the country.”
So when renovating the golfing experience at Goodwood, Lord March decided that stock golf carts would not be give the right ambiance for his courses so he commissioned some very special custom golf carts. They are based on the Brakenvan, a 1934 design by his grandfather, the ninth Duke of Richmond. The "Golf Woody" is a standard Yamaha golf cart that has been customized into something quite unique.
Created by local company ModelTec (which also produced the Wacky Racers cars for the Goodwood Festival of Speed), around 70 man hours went into making each of the Woody golf carts. The golf carts feature chintzy 1930s-style seat covers, a convertible roof, spat-covered wheels and, to provide adequate refreshments, a wicker basket that doubles as an ice-box to keep the champagne at the correct temperature.
To give you an experience of the Woody golf cart and that of the Goodwood hillclimb take a look at this video. (take note it seems to be speeded up somewhat!!)