April 8, 2013
Hovercraft Golf Cart? Yes, Please
I don’t play golf. I never have and I probably never will. If I can get my hands on a hovercraft golf cart, though, I may be willing to change my mind.
Golf has got to be one of my favorite sports hands down. It’s so soothing and relaxing to watch; it just may be the only sport you can enjoy WHILE taking a nap on the couch.
If you can’t read my thinly veiled sarcasm, I think golf sucks. It’s boring, and it sucks because it’s boring.
I came across an awesome video on USA Today that may have changed my mind, though.
According to CNN Money, “On Tuesday morning, Oakley released a video of [Bubba] Watson cruising the fairways of Arizona’s Raven Golf Club in a sleek cart floating on nine inches of air. The hovercraft, named BW1, resembles a barefoot running shoe: Its white glossy nose slants toward a roof, only to hollow out before peaking above the back engine; the golf cart-esque features sit atop a ribbed black cloud as the vehicle skims the greens, sand traps, and hazard waters. Its footprint pressure is 33 times less than that of a human, leaving courses virtually unscathed.”
Bubba Watson is some famous golf guy I’ve never heard of. (The only two players I know of are Tiger Woods, because of the media’s relentless coverage of him, and Arnold Palmer, because of his relentlessly delicious tea and lemonade combo.) Apparently Mr. Bubba is kind of a big deal too. Sorry, Bubba.
He’s big enough of a big deal to have his own Oakley emblazoned mini hovercraft to zip from hole to hole on the golf course. Must be nice.
Upon some further research, I found out this probably won’t be enticing me onto the back nine any time soon. It’s really expensive, but it is for real.
Chris Fitzgerald and Neoteric Hovercraft are the manufacturer of the BW1 hovercraft in the video, and for those of you who are halfway through the blog still wondering what the in the world a hovercraft is, Neoteric’s site explains, “A hovercraft is an amphibious vehicle that is supported by a cushion of slightly pressurized air. Although often seen as a mysterious, even bizarre mode of transportation, it is conceptually quite simple.”
The one showcased in the video is likely a modified rescue version based on its size. The recreational versions are surprisingly slightly bigger than those for rescue, but that’s probably to ensure that access isn’t limited to the vehicle while attempting a rescue, but back to the point.
Golf is boring to me, and I think hovercrafts will make it more exciting. Things are definitely getting a little more exciting over at Neoteric, though.
“The golf cart hovercraft was never intended to be more than a prop, but there’s now reason to believe it could become a golf club staple. It’s been less than a week since the video was published, and Fitzgerald’s company has been flooded with BW1 orders.”
“We’re trying to put together an emergency management team now,” he says, noting the company’s small structure. “We’re in a tsunami. Beware of what you dream of,” he laughs.
Neoteric’s site, which is clearly old or just poorly designed, says, “Today, Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. is the world’s original and most experienced light hovercraft manufacturer, with clientele in 50 nations, and Neoteric light hovercraft are recognized as the industry standard for rescue, commercial and recreational hovercraft”, but that was on there way before the instant fame that came with the video.
With the video going viral, and all the orders for BW1s rolling in, it’ll be time for them to put their money where their mouth is.
When it’s all said and done, they’ll surely have plenty of money where their mouth is; Bubba’s BW1 hovercraft runs for about $50,000 (USD).
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