Schuster: Welcome To The World Of Golf Boarding

In place of traditional carts, there's a new innovation on the golf course.

David Schuster
May 15, 2019 - 1:31 pm

(670 The Score) I had a chance to try something new in the world of golf the other day. It wasn't using an oversized driver or full-screen simulators or even higher-compression balls. Rather, it was the golf boarding experience.

What’s golf boarding, you ask? It’s a craze that started just a few years ago and has been picking up steam ever since.

Golf boarding is a combination of skateboarding, surfing and maybe a little bit of riding a mini-bike. As its name suggests, it's an activity on the golf course in which you ride what looks like a giant skateboard that also holds your golf bag. It’s a ride that's made for one and is already making traditional golf carts less used in some parts of the country. I was told by one local golf pro that two-man golf carts are down 40 percent at his club because so many people want to try the golf board.

Golf boarding isn't for everyone -- mainly those who have the fear that they'll fall off. I’ll admit that I was a bit hesitant myself, mostly due to the unknown of how to operate the machine. But a quick tutorial by the local pro in the parking lot and I was set to try it on the links.

The key to utilizing the golf board is to shift your body weight because that steers the board as much as anything. In that aspect, it feels like snowboarding or skateboarding.  

The golf board that I drove had two speeds (low and high) and could go as fast as 12 miles per hour . The only time I had to get off and walk it was when I came to a curb. It’s fairly light in weight. That is perhaps the golf board's best advantage moving forward, as it has the potential to speed up the pace of play if it becomes more widely used. Fortunately, the course I played at was wide open to begin with, and we zipped around the track in two-and-a-half hours.

And no worries when it comes to your beverage intake. There's a cup holder right there on the handle, and there's also a little saddle bag of sorts in the back for those who want to stock up.

All in all, it was a fun experience, and this new innovation of golf boarding is both fun and practical.

David Schuster is a reporter, update anchor and host for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @Schumouse.