This article appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of LINKS.
THERE’S NOTHING like walking a golf course. But toting the bag? Not necessary with a variety of hand carts—manually or electrically powered—that can do donkey duty. Push models are lightweight and low maintenance, but you supply the oomph. Electric carts—long popular in Europe—mean batteries (and weight) and possible service needs, but can be totally hands-free. Either way, the burden is off your shoulders.
Kangaroo Hillcrest Max (Electric)
Guided by remote control, Max features self-centering so the unit stays aligned and, with the help of the Xtreme Slope Wheel on the back, handles slopes and other changes in terrain without tipping. Four pieces snap together for fast assembly, come apart for easy storage. Weight with battery: 73 pounds. $2,000. kangaroogolf.com
Bag Boy TriSwivel (Manual)
New Swivel-Tech Technology makes this the only cart with a front wheel that pivots 360 degrees for maneuverability. (It can lock in place for covering hills or long distances.) The handle adjusts with one click and is fitted with a parking brake as well as holders for scorecard, umbrella, and other necessities. Available in four colors. $249.95. bagboy.com
Emotion e3 (Electric)
It looks bare bones because the German-made, aluminum e3 hides its lithium-manganese battery and two motors in the base between the wheels. No buttons or switches, the e3 leads or follows with a touch on the handle, then folds to fit in a car trunk. One charge should last 36 holes. Weight with battery: 23 pounds. $400. emotion-caddy.com
Clicgear 3.5+ (Manual)
Besides folding up very compactly, the new 3.5+ has easy-to-use levers and buttons for set-up and closing, upgraded braking (with the lever in the center of the handle for more leverage), and an enlarged console with a bigger-than-ever storage net and adjustable cup
holder. Available in eight colors. $229. clicgearusa.com
Sun Mountain SV1 (Manual)
The latest member of the Speed Cart Series, the SV1 uses the company’s new E-Z Latch System, setting up (including handle height) or folding down in just two motions. Bags stay secure without straps and the cart can hold an open umbrella. Upgraded accessory tray includes rangefinder storage. Available in six colors. $229. sunmountain.com
Using robotic technology, CaddyTrek follows the golfer loyally around the course thanks to a
remote control that also can send the cart ahead or call it back. The lithium-ion battery should last more than 27 holes on a charge, and dual motors let it handle any terrain, up to 30-degree slopes. In red or black. Weight with battery: 39 pounds. $1,595. caddytrek.com