Where can you combine your love of golf with your love of biking? Many courses are suitable for Golf Bikes in lieu of carts or caddies and slowly but surely more and more courses are getting on board. We first discovered the Golf Bikes at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head. They were pioneering the option and asked if we would try it out. We agreed figuring we’d ride a couple holes and then leave the bikes, golf on and check off another new experience. The first few seconds did seem a little bit awkward, as the back end is heavier than the front. “It’s all about that base” of big wheels and clubs dangling in tubular holes lined up on each side of the back tire like a saddlebag. But after a couple little circles, starting and stopping with the handbrakes, voila! It’s a breeze, literally – the wind in your face. You pedal directly to the ball, as birds and butterflies flit by at eye level. You get there quickly, already warmed up and ready to focus on the shot. It paces up the speed of play considerably.
The Golf Bike is certainly not for every golfer. You do need to be in decent shape and not intent on starting with a Bloody Mary and finishing with a 6 pack. And, if the course terrain were too mountainous, so would be the challenge. We ended up loving them so much we bought a couple and took them out to Gold Canyon for director Scott Scherger to see and because it is such a beautiful background for an instagram photo. They were great for 7 holes on the Sidewinder course but not conducive to the steep transitions overall.
One of the first adopters in Arizona was Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. Nancy was a fan immediately as she is always trying to bring more fun into the game. She also has segways, golf boards and kilts if you want more golfing alternatives. We’ve taken the Golf Bikes out to Oakwood, The Raven Phoenix, Palm Valley, Encanterra and Longbow. Wherever the terrain avails, the Golf Bikes will be in tow. If you have a chance to use the Golf Bike at any course across the country, we highly recommend it. Find your inner child and remember the Einstein metaphor, life is like riding a bike.