Last month, WiscoGolfAddict Contributing Writer John Ziemer and I had the opportunity to try something new: GolfBoarding.
Grand Geneva is the first golf destination in Wisconsin to offer this alternative mode of transportation, which got its start in Oregon at the world-renowned Tetherow Golf Resort.
In response to my social media posts, the main question asked was: “What do GolfBoards have to do with golf?” A GolfBoard does not need to be used on a golf course – they would be fun to ride on any terrain – but there are a few benefits realized by utilizing GolfBoards on the course:
- GolfBoards allow players to go straight to their balls, reducing time spent with both players in one cart looking for the same ball
- The higher vantage point standing on the GolfBoard helps find balls in the rough
- GolfBoards allow players to ride right up to the green and teeing complexes
- GolfBoards reduce the stress put on turf (substantially wider tires that distribute weight more evenly) versus golf carts
- GolfBoards are fun!
While GolfBoards cost around $5,000 apiece to buy, using one for a round of golf at Grand Geneva costs $20 over the standard round rate for playing with a cart.
First-time users are required to watch a short safety/instructional video and sign an electronic waiver prior to using GolfBoards (which I found helpful), and are then able to practice riding them around before heading to the first tee.
As a snowboarder, John caught on to GolfBoarding immediately. As a skier, it took me longer to learn how to distribute pressure with my feet. Even so, I was comfortable and on to the faster mode by the time we reached the first green.
I loved the GolfBoarding experience and can’t wait to do it again. The other great thing that came out of our trip to Lake Geneva is that I was able to utilize John’s photography skills to re-shoot the Brute course. Every other time I’ve been there was with terribly inclement and nasty weather; John took full advantage of a perfect Summer afternoon and got some beautiful shots.
I will be following up this post with one updating my 2012 early-Spring review of the Brute course.
Have you had a chance to try out GolfBoards yet? What are your thoughts on the experience and its benefits to golf, in general?