As golf tries to appeal to younger players -- and those younger at heart -- we're seeing cool new ways to get around the course. Here, we break down two motorized skateboards along with a bike for the cycling enthusiast. All three modes of transportation are available for rental at select courses, or for purchase through company websites. A warning: Be sure they're permitted on your home course before buying.
The four-wheel-drive vehicle has a low center of gravity for balance, stability and solid handling even on steep hills. Riders control acceleration and deceleration with a thumb throttle, while a one-touch switch adjusts the max speed to 6 mph or 10 mph. A detachable cooler keeps food and beverages fresh while shredding the links. Charging the GolfBoard's lithium battery for 90 minutes provides about 12 miles of riding.
Golf Skate Caddy V1
Riders control speed using a wireless remote, while four programmable modes (maximum speeds of 3-, 6-, 9- and 12.5-mph) help newbies get comfortable carving around the course. Features include a waterproof USB port, drink holder, umbrella and mount, front and back LED lights, storage for balls and tees, and a self-draining cooler. There's even a built-in seat that lets you get off your feet while waiting for the group ahead to clear the green. A full charge provides approx. 36 holes of play.
The Golf Bike
The Golf Bike, a 6-speeder, has two side-mounted bags for a full set of clubs. It comes with small, wide rubber tires, a gel-filled seat, step-through frame so you can get on and off quickly, and an insulated cooler bag. The company partners with local bike shops to have it professionally assembled at no extra cost.