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The Golf Cart Is Here for Good
Alfred Wright
December 14, 1959
It brought the game to the elderly and infirm, and at Palm Springs it has started a whole new way of life
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December 14, 1959

The Golf Cart Is Here For Good

It brought the game to the elderly and infirm, and at Palm Springs it has started a whole new way of life

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Despite the tremendous success of golf carts on the desert courses of Palm Springs, it would be premature to say that they are ready to take on full-time duty everywhere. Many courses, particularly those in areas of heavy rainfall, would be seriously scarred by a fleet of carts scampering along their fairways every day. But such problems are not insoluble. Right now the cart industry is working on a broad, low-pressure tire with a tread of 12 inches or so—a principle similar to that used by the swamp buggy—and presumably this cart will be able to go anywhere, including through sand traps and across greens without causing the slightest damage. Nobody, however, has yet come up with an idea for a foolproof driver.

Nevertheless, heed the words of Claude Harmon: "The golf cart is a terrific thing for golf. It's brought the game to people who could never play otherwise. It means more people can play more golf in a shorter time. It means the average fellow who isn't in the best of shape can play 18 holes and not come back so exhausted he's no more good to anybody that day. Most people get too much exercise playing 18 holes of golf anyway. I tell you the cart is here for good, and a darn good thing it is, too. Believe me, I never want to walk again when I can ride."

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