By Torleif Sorenson on 5/16/14
How do you bridge the gulf between people who want some exercise and people who feel that carts are faster than walking?
Purpose-built golf bicycles, that's how.
It is an experiment at Kierland Golf Club, part of a Westin Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Managers there acquired several purpose-built bicycles that feature small-diameter wheels mated to wide tires that are designed to go easy on fairways and roughs.
The course's director of golf, Nancy Dickens, says golfers using the bikes are able to get nine holes done in around one hour. And unlike powered carts, the bicycles are available free, provided only that a golfer calls ahead to reserve one. Kierland currently has two bikes and plans to purchase two more.
Unlike "speed golf," which combines running and golf, or "hack golf" and 15-inch holes, this might have a legitimate chance of catching on.
Don't laugh, either — more and more cyclists are choosing to use recumbant bicycles, or conventional bikes with features such as seatposts with built-in suspension. There is no reason golf-specific bicycles cannot catch on at certain courses, regardless of how long it takes to be popular.
Cycling enthusiasts, including your humble correspondent, can have "equipment lust" just as much as golfers, which is why I am surprised that nobody thought of this before now. We will be very interested in seeing how this develops.
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I would try this in a heart beat.
On a purely human level it is a tremendous idea. (An obvious one too) But I am an avid cyclist too and I know better than to hold out hope. There are two kinds of people in the world, those that understand that the bike is one of man's greatest inventions, and those who don't. I am willing to bet the overlap between the former group and golfers is miniscule, practically nonexistent. Businesswise it is hopeless--the powercart rental seems to be a linchpin of the modern golf course business model. The best one might hope for is build or acquire their own golf bike and find a compassionate course that will turn a blind eye to your bringing it on course.
How is riding a bike, stopping, playing a golf shot, getting on the bike and riding to the next shot anymore exercise than walking and carrying? Come on exercise gurus, which takes more effort, riding a bike a mile in one hour or walking a mile in one hour? One is not going to play any faster unless the course is empty. So one zips up to their tee shot and waits for the group ahead. At least when one walks, it takes a bit longer to get to your shot so you don't stand around as much. The only way this makes any sense is if one were playing a "cart only" course with long distances between the green and next tee. A golf bike then might allow one to travel green to tee in a more reasonable time.
Where's the beer holder?
Bicycles are awesome. Golf Bicycles are dumb.
This is a good idea for some courses, but for a place like the Plantation Course at Kapalua, I would say NO ONE is going to take the bike over a cart.
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