Introducing the Golf Board
Are you a wannabe surfer girl who had to give up her beach dreams and take up golf instead? Or perhaps you are a winter snow boarder, always imagining your shredding moves, but playing golf instead in the summer months.
Upon returning from our eye-opening trip to Bailey Creek Golf Course near Lake Almanor, we have great news for you. We have discovered a board, the Golf Board, that will allow you to practice your board moves and play golf at the same time.
The Golf Board is actually a four-wheeled motorized vehicle. The player’s golf clubs are mounted on the front while the player herself stands on the board located between the front and back sets of wheels. She steadies herself by grasping a handle bar, and she steers by shifting her weight like a surfer or snowboarder. The board on the heavy scooter-like cart is very stable and can move at speeds up to 14 miles per hour. The inventors describe the Golf Board as “a faster way of walking” and claim that it can improve pace of play and attract a younger group of players because it will bring more fun to the game. (Apparently the inventor has not played with many women golfers – we’re fun and fast)
We observed the Golf Boards at work and play firsthand when we were paired with 2 first-time boarders, Dave and Nan Wiik (from Lake Wildwood), for our round at Bailey Creek (see prior blog post under “Courses”). Both are excellent golfers; we didn’t think that learning the new boarding skill affected their games too much. It did not take long for them to look very proficient on their boards. By the end of the round Dave made the last few fairways his own private slalom course, leaning into his “carved turns” with ease. Nan agreed with the company’s claim that Golf Boards provide great core exercise although she warned that her left knee, which bore most of her weight as she leaned into turns, might hurt in the morning. We haven’t heard from her on that front.
Developed by a surfer and a fitness entrepreneur, Golf Boards sell for $6,500; however, more and more golf courses are offering them for rent. In the Sacramento area Haggin Oaks and Lincoln Hills both have a number of boards on hand for groups or individuals. Is this new ride a faster and better way of walking? Golf Boarding is certainly more entertaining than riding in a golf cart. Apparently, they are also quite heavy which means that courses will have to regulate where the boards are allowed to go with respect to the green and tee areas. The big obstacle that the manufacturers must overcome is convincing the golf establishment, not known for embracing change, that this innovation will help the game.
We say, “Go for it!” Golf is a sport for a lifetime. Add some speed to the game! A Golf Board and an even-par round most certainly will get your adrenaline pumping!