Any golfer, seasoned or not, appreciates the value of utilizing a golf cart for their day on the course. Whether you’re planning an 18- or 9-hole day, not having to tote your golf bag on your shoulder, or walk the entire course in the heat, is a luxury any golfer can appreciate. As with any sport, there are always safety concerns and operating your golf cart is no exception. Remembering this list of safety tips will ensure you have a successful day on the course, allowing you to focus on your game and enjoy yourself!
1. Stay seated
It’s very important to stay seated at all times while a golf cart is in motion. This includes keeping arms and legs inside the cart to avoid getting caught on low-hanging or overgrown branches. Attempting to exit or enter the cart while in motion is a recipe for injury! Always wait until the cart has come to a complete stop to load and unload passengers and golf bags.
2. Don’t Overload
Do not exceed maximum persons or golf bags allowed on the cart. It may be tempting to offer a fellow golfer a temporary lift to the next hole, but excessive weight can create mechanical and safety issues. Imbalance and tipping can occur with overloading, causing injury to your passenger and damage to the golf cart. Not to mention unnecessarily draining power and leaving you stranded on the course with no cart!
3. Easy Does It
Avoid sharp turns and steep terrain to prevent the cart from tipping. Save your 4-wheeling skills for a different course! Navigating turns slowly, being aware of your surroundings, watching for pedestrians, warning your passengers of bumps or turns, following course signage and slowing down will help you avoid a disaster. It’s best to stick to designated pathways and avoid those steep embankments.
4. Give Me A Brake
Allow ample braking time to avoid collisions and accidents. Maintaining a steady speed, obeying the course speed limits and giving yourself plenty of time to slow down will keep you and your fellow golfers safe. When crossing roadways, be sure to follow traffic laws and be aware of oncoming vehicles. Remember, you’re there to enjoy your day; it’s not a race!
5. Don’t Overindulge
In the interest of playing your best game and golf cart safety, avoid excessive alcohol while out on the course in your golf cart. Everyone enjoys that ice-cold beverage on a round of golf with friends, but saving it for the clubhouse where everyone is finished with their round, keeps everyone safe in their carts as well!
These simple safety tips and a day on the course spent with friends will ensure an enjoyable and safe time for everyone!