To bring you some Christmas cheer here are a selection of our favorite golf cart stories from this holiday season. We hope you had a great Christmas and managed to get out and about in your golf cart.
1.Golf Cart Parade and Toy Drive a success
The inaugural Golf Cart Christmas Parade organized by Streets Carts of Canyon Lake, a gated community in Riverside County, California, was a complete success.
A total of 43 carts participated in the parade and collected over 120 gifts for local children. The club sent special thanks to Marga Kidd, along with the Tennis Club and Motorcycle Club, for donating over 50 gifts on their own. Prize winners included Steve and Joanie Evarts who tied with Larry Neigel for Best Decorated golf cart and Mike Tice and his daughter who won for Most Outrageous cart.
2. Driving through the snow, on a one-horse open golf cart
Scots have the unfounded reputation of being careful with their money but this story from The Royal Burgh of Selkirk in the Borders of Scotland shows how generous they actually are. At the Selkirk Golf Club kids party Santa arrived at the Golf Club on the greenkeepers golf cart (ok, so it was actually a John Deere utility vehicle).
Even though the mode of transport wasn't traditional Santa Claus still handed out presents to all the boys and girls who had been good.
3.Santa finds extra horsepower in golf cart delivery
This story comes from Padre Island, the world's longest barrier island, on the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas. In what might be seen as the future of courier delivery services to smaller communities, United Parcel Service (UPS) has added a golf cart delivery vehicle to boost its fleet during their busiest season of the year.
UPS driver Leeann Garcia wears the usual brown uniform, but instead of a huge brown truck she drives a small black golf cart through neighborhood streets. Her golf cart has a cargo box that is loaded with the packages and after delivering them she returns to a portable storage unit to get the next load.
4. New law requires safety features on golf carts
The home of the golf cart, Georgia, will soon have stricter requirements for street-legal golf carts to follow due to a new law that takes effect January 1st.
A separate classification of personal transportation vehicles for golf carts comes into effect that also sets minimum standards for towns and counties who wish to create ordinances that allow golf carts to be driven on residential streets and multi-purpose pathways. The new law requires that golf carts have safety devices including braking systems, a reverse warning device, tail lamps, a horn and hip restraints.
Also the carts must weigh less than 1,375 pounds, have a maximum speed of 20 mph and be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.