July 5, 2019 — What you drive says a lot about you. And if you live in a big retirement community where the preferred way of getting around is by golf cart, why not drive something that reflects your personality?
That is what is happening in places like The Villages,where many of its 120,000 residents are getting around in golf cars that look like Corvettes, Hummers, and even 18 wheelers. It has spawned a cottage industry that customizes them into all kinds of fantasies. While an ordinary golf cart might sell for $11,000, a specially tricked out version can go for $20,000 or more, some retired couples have two of them in their carports.
Ordinary golf carts are not legal on most roads. But golf cars,which have bumpers, lights, seatbelts, etc. are legal at speeds up to 35 MPH. Not that it is the best idea to use them on ordinary roads, since they lack most of the basic crash protections that have been built into cars for the last 50 years. Electric models are gaining in popularity over gasoline models, which are much noisier. See NY Times article “From Tee to Green to Market” for more.
To see more exotic golf carts check out this fantastic Pinterest board.
Comments: Do you have a hankering for a custom golf cart? If you had your druthers, what would it look like? Please share your comments below.