Is Bubba Watson Really Working on a Hovercraft Golf Cart?

By Carl Conrad

Everything about PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson screams unconventional. The defending Masters champion has a penchant for doing things his own way, and they usually end up going in his favor. He’s made pink drivers popular for men. He has a swing that only a mother could love. He is one of the founding members of the pop music (soon to be) supergroup The Golf Boys. Now Watson is teaming up with Oakley to conquer golf cart technology with the first hovercraft golf cart.

Hovercraft. Golf. Cart. Certainly three words that I didn’t anticipate writing when I woke up this morning, but when you think about it, the concept makes perfect sense. Nothing is worse than playing a course that recently succumbed to a monster rain storm and hearing those three awful words – cart path only. If you’re anything like me, just about every one of your shots that day is on the opposite side of the hole from the cart path.

On the BubbasHover YouTube page they give a logical, succinct explanation behind the theory.

Golf carts haven’t changed much over the years. They look and feel the same. What if there was a way to improve the traditional golf cart concept and take away some of the limitations? That is what Bubba Watson and Oakley set out to do. They created the world’s first hovercraft golf cart. Using hovercraft technology, the BW1 is able to glide over any terrain, including grass, sand, and water.


I’m all for it. This looks absolutely incredible. Imagine floating over a water hazard at your local muni, or being able to disregard all those damnable cart path only signs and parking your hovercraft on the fringe.

This video was posted suspiciously close to April Fool’s Day and I wouldn’t put it past Watson to have concocted this as some elaborate prank. At the same time, it would not surprise me if this was a legitimate venture. After all, it does make perfect sense. And it would be pretty sweet to whip one of those bad boys around the links.

If this was, in fact, some cruel prank I am fairly sure that someone will be looking into this technology in the very near future thanks to Watson’s creativity.

Please, please let it be true though.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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