As we’ve mentioned before, golf carts aren’t just for golf. They’re seen all over – in small communities, at the beach, on the farm and in industrial and commercial environments. Increasingly, golf carts as a means of transportation is a growing trend throughout the country.
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina for example, a husband-wife couple came up with an innovative idea. An idea with golf carts at the center of it all. Reid and Kirsten Hensley idea was to start a golf cart shuttle business for the small downtown of Winston-Salem.
Inspired by cities like Nashville and Denver that have similar operations, the couple took their idea to a city council member. The idea, which is a pretty simple, was to pick up and drop off passengers throughout the downtown area. Following all standard traffic laws, this transportation would not only help decongest the downtown area of cars, it would also provide a unique experience for visitors and natives alike. What makes this idea really great, especially for the passengers, is that it would be FREE. The Hensley’s planned to make money on selling advertising spots on the carts.
Starting small, Reid and Kirsten would start with one golf cart and see how things go from there. And while there are definitely safety concerns to consider, Kirsten Hensley said they would deal with people the same way bartenders might – refusing service to people who have had too much to drink or who act too rowdy.
As you can see, golf carts aren’t just for the golf course. Do you have an example of other towns or cities that use golf carts for “non-traditional” uses? Share them with us in the comments below!