I got a news release a couple of weeks ago from Granite Golf Club, a private club in Stouffville, announcing that they were going to be introducing “golf bikes” for their members and guests this season.
“The Golf Bike was conceived 15 years ago by avid cyclist Todd May as a means of combining his passions of biking and playing golf. A prototype was first demonstrated in 2010 and the concept was presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando three years ago. The bike has made significant inroads since its commercial introduction,” said the release.
And I say, jolly good for you, Granite Golf!!
I had not heard of or seen the golf bike until I got this release. In my view, even without trying one yet, this is the best new golf development to come along since, well, the electric cart. If everyone who can, used a golf bike, rounds would be reduced by at least half-an-hour, people would get even more enjoyable, low-impact exercise, and even older people could play more golf… especially if there was a mo-ped option (which I don’t think there is, yet.)
Golf bikes may not work on “hillier” courses, and of course, there’s always the chance of injury and the question of liability. But I think Granite’s totally on the right path here, pardon the analogy, and I’d love to see this initiative duplicated everywhere it might work.
I mean, come on…
Golf’s critics always say that the game is too slow, doesn’t provide enough exercise, and that it’s not environmentally sustainable. Well, on the surface, The Golf Bike seems to take a step towards solving all three. The Golf Bike retails for $995.00 and the idea is pretty simple. You ride it to the golf course and during your round, and because it has specified slots for your clubs, you don’t have to worry about balancing them on your back as your ride. Problem solved, right?
Hop on a Golf Bike, and you could play 18 holes in less than 2 hours, said company founder Todd May.
“It’s about time, speed of play, and fitness,” May said. His product retails for $995 and is in use at five U.S. courses. Colorado’s Vail Golf Club will have a fleet of 10 this year. “We combined two great hobbies, golf and cycling, into one product.”
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Just in time for National Bike Month, golfers playing Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort’s trio of award-winning courses can now pedal from hole to hole versus taking a golf cart or hoofing it.
The first resort in the Carolinas and along the East Coast to offer the revolutionary new “Golf Bike,” Palmetto Dunes visitors can boost their calorie-burning quotient while teeing it up on some of the South’s most beautiful and challenging courses — including one of Hilton Head Island’s two oceanfront layouts.
Indeed, bicycling has long been renowned as one of Hilton Head’s most versatile activities. More than one million bikers annually enjoy the island’s 50 miles of paved, winding bike paths — including five miles within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort itself — or along Hilton Head’s pristine beaches.
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Interested in pedaling a round of golf?
A Hilton Head Island golf club now offers the Golf Bike for players.
Instead of a golf cart or lugging a bag on your shoulder, you can load your clubs on the back of a special bike and ride the course.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resorts’ golf courses are offering the new fit way to play. The courses were also the first in the area to offer Segways, in lieu of golf carts, in 2008.
Director of golf Clark Sinclair said Palmetto Dunes decided to add the bikes after testing them at a Professional Golf Association conference in Orlando, Fla., in January.
“We are always looking for something new and different to bring to our courses,” Sinclair said. “Even though bikes aren’t very innovative, it is definitely new to the golf community.”
The excerpt above was taken from the full article published by The Island Packet. Follow the link below to read the entire article.