Bubba Watson's hovercraft golf cart
Pro golfer Bubba Watson teamed up with Oakley to produce the BW1, the world's first hovercraft golf cart
Want to be the envy of everyone on the golf course without actually improving your golfing skills? Then you just need to ride out onto the green in the BW1, the world's first hovercraft golf cart.
Pro golfer Bubba Watson teamed up with Oakley to produce the eye-catching cart, who then enlisted the help of Chris Fitzgerald, president of Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., for the actual construction.
The final result is basically a hovercraft outfitted with some features lifted from a typical golf cart, including a canopy, sand bottle holders, and a space to hold clubs. Aside from the stylish design, the new cart also provides a much smoother ride and can float over any terrain while barely leaving a mark. It can even glide over water hazards and sand traps, though your fellow golfers probably won't appreciate the debris it kicks up if they're nearby.
Sadly, no plans have been mentioned to distribute any more hover-carts, so regular golf carts will have to suffice for other golfers right now.
Check out the video below to see how the BW1 hovercraft golf cart handles on both land and water.
UPDATE: Neoteric has confirmed to us that Bubba Watson's golf cart was built around its Hovertrek model of light hovercraft with only some cosmetic additions. According to specifications on the company website, the Hovertrek is a gasoline-powered vehicle that can remain in motion for 3.4 hours on a single tank, while consuming 3.5 gal/hr (13.3 l/hr) - and likely produces more distracting noise than a standard electric cart.
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How many miles per gallon? Is it electric or gasoline?
I like hovercraft and there a plenty of jobs where it is the best vehicle for it. But a hovercraft described as efficient the mind boggles.
Don't golfers value quiet that thing has to make more noise than an ICE powered cart.
I nominate Bubba Watson and Oakley for the Far More Money Than Brains Award for their hovercraft golf cart. I also declare them the all time uncontested winners (they also take 2nd place) of the FMMTBA, 3rd place goes to thier publicity agent. Good for you Neoteric, somebody had to take thier money, and with your crafts good handling features, let's hope they don't run into someone. I do envy the clods have enough money to do something so stupid, can't say I envy what they did with the money.
Utterly useless to me until they come out with a submarine version.
Hovercraft are LOUD and more wind of any kind
is not welcome on a golf course.
hovercraft do not do well on tilted or slanted surfaces.
NOT an ideal application....
Nah, it's not so bad...as long as the purpose isn't actually to ferry golfers in a real course. Put it in a league of its own, then you could just have fun...like golf cart drag racing
it's just a step guys...
Need mufflers & prop noise dispensers to Reduce engine & prop Db alone, otherwise radical
Beats using old EV carts.
Slowburn, I concur. Best Regards, Bill
Hovercraft buggys have been around for some time, see http://www.hovercraft-usa.com
I could see Remi Gaillard in one of these on a course...
Bubba Watson's hovercraft is the coolest thing ever! Oh my! This is so incredible. This is indeed one rich man's toy. Love it! I guess gliding means more fun afterall!
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