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You probably just take them for granted when you play golf, and never think about how they came into development as an indispensable golf accessory. I’m referring to golf carts, those miniature vehicles dotting every golf course. However, golf cart production is a multi-million dollar industry with various models to choose from. They are classified as small cars, and golf-cart companies provide leasing and financing options just like big car companies do.

Golf traces its origins from a medieval game played by shepherds on the coast of Scotland in the 15th century. Then, golfers hit a pebble instead of a ball around the sand dunes with a stick or club. As time passed, stones were exchanged for man-made balls, the earliest of which were thin leather bags stuffed with feathers. The gutta-percha ball which could be hit a maximum distance of 225 yards was not invented until 1848. In 1899 rubber balls were invented that could reach distances of 430 yards. Golf sticks evolved into carefully weighted golf clubs, and in the 1880’s golf club bags first became fashionable. The caddie, a servant who carted the entire player’s gear around the golf course, had his burden lessened by the invention of the golf car in the early 1950’s.

The first golf cart manufacturers were E-Z-Go, Pargo, Harley Davidson and Cushman. Golf cart prices were astoundingly high for this era at $1200, but as more manufacturers entered the field it dropped to $600, still high in terms of inflation. E-Z-Go still manufactures golf cars today. Hundreds of golf cart manufacturers are listed on the internet, and most of these companies specialize only in manufacturing these small vehicles.

The first golf carts were gas-powered, but the market has shifted to more efficient battery-powered models. Golf carts can be customized just like cars, and lift kits and ATV wheels are sold to golfers who want to stand out on the course. There are companies which specialize in creating entire custom golf cars, or miniaturized versions of full sized cars, such as the Humdinger (Humvee), mini Jeep, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac or Mercedes-Benz.

Golf carts come in three forms: manual push/pull carts, electric motorized carts, and electric or gas golf cars that accommodate the passengers and their golf gear. Push/pull carts have 2 or 3 wheels with a vertical support for a golf bag. These supports are basically manual dollies with clips and holders especially adapted for golf gear, and sell for $50 to $100. Moving up a level in sophistication, there are also motorized golf caddies, which cost approximately $500 all the way up to $1000. Golf cars, which resemble dune buggies in size, start at about $1800 for a small basic model.

Manufacturers are also expanding their sales by renaming the carts Electric Utility Vehicles (EUV) and suggesting alternate uses for them, such as hauling lawn equipment and traveling around rural properties.

Electric walking golf carts are a great way to play golf, carry your clubs, and get a brisk workout all in one. These carts allow you to walk without having to lug your golf clubs on your shoulder. The electric cart does all the work for you.

These carts have become the next big thing on the golf course that they are even taking business away from monster golf carts. There are several quality electric cart manufacturers out there to pick from, such as Lectronic Kaddy, Club Glove, Bag Boy, and Club Glove.

These carts make for a carefree 18 holes on the old golf course. Unlike non-electric pull carts, the electric carts walk along with you. There’s no need to pull a heavy bag at your side. And there are no worries about tiring out your arms before your golf swings.

The electric power of these carts saves your strength for what you really need it for on the course: scoring pars and birdies. But instead of missing out on a nice walk by sitting and going around in a cart vehicle, these electric carts allow you to walk in Mother Nature and take in the old-fashioned golfing experience.

Some electric models of carts to keep an eye out for include the Bag Boy EZ Fold 12. This cart has an easy one-step folding mechanism, a scorecard holder, a foot brake, and moveable bag brackets.

The Club Glove Kaddy Stroller is a light, aluminum cart that offers another alternative on the golf course. This cart features rustproof metal wheels, a rear wheel foot brake, and transportable air pump.

The advancement and development of the real game of golf as compared to online golf contributes to its fast climbing popularity all over the world. There is nothing better than feeling the wind against your face and watching the ball soar above the trees unlike when you play online golf alone.