Golf Course Participation

Note: This video, also on our Home Page, shows Heybike Ranger ebikes.  We have since developed our own “GolfEbikes” that have every feature that is ideal for golf, including turf-friendly tires (not knobbies), heavy-duty frames,  sand bottle holders, and so much more described here.  We will be updating the video soon.  But this original video does a great job of describing the benefits of playing golf on an ebike.

This page discusses topics about Golf Course Participation including:

  1. The general golf course response and typical questions?
  2. Golf courses purchasing ebikes to rent out to their golfers, and
  3. How to approach golf courses that don’t already know about ebikes?

Ebikes open up a new opportunity for golf courses with NEW REVENUE in the form of rental income and from new golfers bringing their own ebikes to the course paying green fees. Ebikes are attracting new young golfers because of the fitness attraction, and keeping older golfers playing more years…both generating revenue to golf courses. That is why many golf courses all over the world are already eagerly welcoming ebikes on their courses.

Natural Resistance to Change – Of course, any time something new comes along, there is natural resistance. When noisy gasoline golf carts were introduced in the 1930’s, they were an abomination to golf which was played by men in suits while caddies carried their clubs. But over time, carts became the norm.

Because ebikes are proliferating outside of golf, and because they are so perfect for golf, they will become common very quickly. We are hoping all golf courses will embrace this great new technology and take advantage of the new revenue it offers.   Our Golf Ebikes were featured at the recent global PGA Show in Orlando where golf course owners and managers got to see them in action.  

This page will address the common concerns and questions that golf courses have including revenue, impact on the turf, safety, liability, and maintenance.

You might also find our review of the “Single Rider Era” interesting.

ATTENTION
GOLF COURSES

If you are intested in purchasing a sample or multiple Golfbikes to rent to your golfers, please contact
Steve Divnick directly at sales@golfebikes.com 
or by calling 937-476-1298 (Eastern USA)

Ebikes are a new phenomenon…new technology. They are growing exponentially around the world and prices are exceptionally low,  about 1/3rd the cost of other single rider devices which have not been able to deliver on the promise of speeding up the game because they are so expensive.  With GolfEbikes, you can rent them for the same rate as a golf cart and they will pay off quickly and generate new profit for you.

“We need to make sure that we’re attracting and growing new fans. We are doubling down on our commitment to technology and innovation.”

Joe Arcuri, PGA Tour CMO

Consider this ebike response from one of the golf courses that participated in our beta testing.

“Playing 18-holes on your ebike put a big smile on my face. I want 8 of them for our golf course. I like that they speed up the game, offer as much exercise as a golfer wants, and are just plain fun. From a revenue point of view, I think they will attract new young golfers and keep older golfers playing more years. This will not only be good for our golf course, I think it will have a positive impact on the entire golf industry. Well done.”

Richard Denny, PGA Golf Professional, Jamaica Run Golf Club, Germantown OH

Increased Golf Course Revenue

Ebikes will increase golf course revenue a number of ways.

  • They will attract new younger golfers who will not only generate new green fees, they will get range balls, buy food, and spend money in the pro shop.
  • Since ebikes also provide exercise, they will keep older golfers playing and paying more years.
  • As more golfers start using ebikes, it will speed up the rounds allowing golf courses to sell more tee times

“With creativity and innovation, golf courses can thrive.
Welcome to the new world order of golf.”

Joseph Mentone
Golf Course Industry Report

A local golf course in Ohio that rents out single-rider devices estimates that it has brought 870 NEW golfers to its course and that the gained revenue from green fees, and food and beverage totaled $55,000 last year. As those kind of numbers become better known to the golf industry, it will help speed up the adoption of ebikes.

As reported on the Single-Rider Page, in spite of the “Covid Bounce” which is wearing off, the golf industry is in a 20 year decline, has closed over 1200 courses, and lost 22% of its regular players. The industry knows it must speed up the game to survive, not to mention expand with new young players. Ebikes will do both. They will attract new young players, generate new revenue and keep older players paying more years.

How Much To Charge?

If you get ebikes to rent, you can charge at least the same as for a golf cart. Some courses charge a premium. We are in favor of whatever your market will support. Because they are so inexpensive, whatever rate you charge will quickly pay for them.

How much do you charge golfers who bring their own ebike? Some courses treat golf ebikes like motorized bag carts and only charge a standard walking fee. Others add a “trail fee”. Because it is a competitive marketplace, and we are finding that most golf courses charge a standard walking fee.  

Will golfer-owned ebikes reduce cart revenue? If the only people riding a bike would otherwise rent a cart, then it would reduce cart revenue. But most ebikers come from those who are currently walking. And of course, if you get some ebikes to rent out, they will generate revenue for you.  Also, if we can get everyone in or on their own wheels, it will speed up the entire course and you can sell more rounds per day.

Turf Impact – Less Than Half the P.S.I of a Cart

A 20×4 inch fat tire ebike has LESS THAN HALF THE POUNDS-PER-SQUARE INCH  impact on the grass as a golf cart! 

Golf carts weigh about 1,000 pounds, plus two 200 pound riders = 1400 pounds. Golf cart tires are 18” tall x 8” wide and do not “squish out”. There is about 3 inches of circumference in solid contact with the ground.   3×8=24″ x 4 tires = 96 square inches in contact with the ground.  1400 pounds divided by 96 = 14.58 pounds per square inch for golf carts.

Fat tire ebikes weigh 80 pounds plus a 200 pound rider = 280 pounds.  20×4 inch tires with 12 pounds of air pressure squish out to 5 inches wide. The larger diameter tires and combined squish have about 4.5 inches of circumference in solid contact with the ground. That is 5 x 4.5 = 22.5 x 2 tires = 45 square inches in contact with the ground.  280 pounds divided by 45 = 6.2 pounds per square inch for ebikes.

It’s not even close. Ebikes impart less than half the pounds per square inch of a golf cart. They are easy on the grass!

Ebikes are Safe and Easy to Ride

The phrase, “As easy as riding a bicycle” applies to ebikes.  In fact, with the throttle, they are even easier.  The controls are intuitive.  Balance is not affected by the Bag Carrier.  Once around the driveway or parking lot and you are good to go!  

With the low-pressure fat floatation tires, ebikes are very safe and stable on all surfaces. We have tested them riding up, down, and sideways on steep wet grass hills without any slippage. These soft tires can also safely cross over ridges such as the edge of cart paths, as well as over small rocks on cart paths. Obviously, common sense always applies. For instance, if you are riding up over a cartpath edge, approach it straight-on rather than at an angle.

Our ebikes have front and rear disk brakes for immediate stopping and control on hills. 

Good Golf Course Citizenship – Always ride in a way that respects the course, using the paths, avoiding soft spots, replacing divots, and parking away from the greens.

 

Safety Story

An interesting thing happened at the PGA Show Demo Day Riding Arena.  We were there with our ebikes, along with companies selling other single rider devices like fat tire scooters and stand-up boards.  At the end of the day, the PGA manager of the riding arena pulled me aside and said the following:

“I have been watching people have trouble riding these other devices.  They have fallen over, run into the fence, and had to get off and pick up the front and move it in order to make the turn at the end.  And that is after significant instructions from the owners.   But no one has had any problem jumping on your ebikes and riding all over the place and making tight turns…and all you’ve told them is where the throttle is!” 

I would also add that the other devices did not have golf clubs loaded while we had full bags on our ebikes so people would experience the reality that balance is automatic and they don’t even feel the weight on the side.

Maintenance and Parts

Ebikes are very easy to work on. Youtube is rich with “How to” ebike content that applies to all ebikes including maintenance, adjustments, fixing flats, and everything else that will ever be needed on a bike. Also, any local bike shop can perform maintenance. There are even growing numbers of mobile ebike repair businesses. There are already millions of ebikes in the country with those numbers growing daily.

Parts: We can get whatever parts are needed.  Or, Amazon and Ebay are full of internchangeable ebike parts.

LIABILITY & RESPONSIBILITY – One of the concerns often asked about is liability. What if someone has an accident on their ebike on the golf course? Liability and responsibility is not any different than the normal liability rules on the golf courses. The golfer is responsible for any accidents or damage whether walking, riding in a rented cart, or riding his or her own ebike. Because ebikes are new to golf courses, some may still be concerned about liability. We provide a simple liability and responsibility statement you can print and have ready to hand them if it comes up in conversation. We suggest you print it, sign it, and take it with you if you are going to a new golf course and aren’t sure if they welcome ebikes.

GOLF COURSES – For golf courses renting ebikes, we provide a 1-page liability waiver combined with basic operating instructions and safety recommendations.

How to approach golf courses…

If your golf course hasn’t yet seen Ebikes, we invite you to show them yours and let them ride it, or invite them to take a look at our website.

Many golf courses learn about ebikes from the golf media and other forms of publicity. Others hear about the Hole-In-One-Contest for a FREE EBIKE and offer that to their outing organizations. But most learn about it from our customers. To help in that process, we have developed a strategy for the best way to share the information with your local golf courses.  This will continuously be updated as the market develops.

We also provide a printable “Golf Course Handout” page that you can leave with the manager or pro so they have something to show their owner or committee if necessary. 

We are optimistic that most, if not all golf courses will soon welcome ebikes and the many new golfers and revenue that will come with them. With millions of ebikes being manufactured and sold around the world, they are a tide that cannot be held back!

“The game needs modernization to bring in the next generation.”
USA Today