Three Crown Golf clubs have introduced a trial of GolfBoard rentals at The Hertfordshire, Paultons and Sherfield Oaks. Dozens of golfers have already given the innovation a try. The GolfBoard has been proven to speed up pace of play, with rounds of golf averaging under three hours. The trial will last three months, and if it is successful the group plans to roll out GolfBoards across more venues in 2016.
A GolfBoard is essentially a large, four-wheel motorised skateboard. A player mounts their golf bag on the front, grabs the vertical handle, and sets off down the fairway leaning left and right to steer. With safety in mind, golfers are asked to perform a supervised figure-of-eight manoeuvre in an open space when they first rent a GolfBoard at a Crown Golf club. They must also watch a GolfBoard operations video prior to their first rental, and there is also a disclaimer to sign.
Crown Golf CEO Stephen Towers (pictured) said, “Early feedback from our golfers is that ‘golfboarding’ is a lot of fun, and I have to say that I agree. Yes you can play much faster, which is good for everybody, but even more importantly the GolfBoards are creating more smiles, more laughter and more enjoyment whenever golfers jump on and start to ride.”