If you think that the rates for golf cart rentals at your local course are high you’re probably not going to want to visit Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, OH – unless, of course, you’re into driving hovercraft golf carts.
That’s right, folks. The technology that none of us knew existed until the debut of the viral video from Bubba Watson and Oakley, known as Bubba’s Hover, could very well be coming to a golf course near you in the future. The club has purchased two of the high-tech vehicles – at a reported cost of $58,000 each according to SB Nation – from Neoteric Hovercraft, in an attempt to put the course on the map. Pete Duffey, the course’s director, explained the reasoning to golfchannel.com. “We wanted to be able to offer something no other course could. A way to further put Windy Knoll Golf Club on the map of public destination golf courses. It was an easy decision. When we saw them on YouTube, we said ‘We gotta have those!’” My sentiments exactly, Pete.
This is one of those times when I wish I had an extra $58k burning a hole in my pocket. I wouldn’t think twice about pulling up to my local course towing that bad boy in a trailer. I would then proceed to laugh in the face of the pro when he asked me if I wanted to walk or ride. I might even take him for a spin if he was lucky.
All delusions of grandeur aside, this is a great marketing move by Windy Knoll Golf Club. The YouTube video has blown up over the last few months, amassing almost eight million views. I can’t blame them for trying to capitalize on that kind of publicity. While the course has not yet decided on the rental fee for the high-tech modes of transport, I have a feeling that they won’t have any trouble convincing people to take a spin.