Don Wildman has an invention that he hopes will make golf carts a thing of the past.
The 80-year-old entrepreneur from Malibu, California is the mastermind behind the GolfBoard, an electronic board that golfers (and their clubs) ride to get from one shot to the next. On its website, GolfBoard says the device “speeds up the game, is easy and intuitive for everyone to ride, has less impact on a course than a golf cart, and allows golfers to surf the golf course in a way that feels similar to snowboarding, surfing or skateboarding.”
Wildman has high expectations. “It will do for golfing what snowboarding did for skiing,” he said in this Phys.org article.
Not everybody is convinced that Wildman’s creation will be golf’s next big thing. Still, the company that makes GolfBoard already has orders for 2,000 of the device, which retail for $3,500 each. Mass production will begin in January.
GolfBoard received funding help from Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website mentioned in this post. Financial backers earned the right to get one of the first boards off the production line.
Wildman, a fitness buff who founded the national health club chain Bally Total Fitness, thinks the GolfBoard could help lure younger people away from video games and onto golf courses. But he wants to cast an even bigger net.
“I think that eventually the majority of people will be playing golf on a GolfBoard,” he predicted boldly.
Here’s a video that shows the GolfBoard in action.