When it comes to golf cars, one brand stands out as a symbol of dependability and trustworthiness, Club Car. With a rich history spanning several decades, Club Car has solidified its position as a well-known and respected brand among golf enthusiasts worldwide, which is why we, at Golf Cars Australia, pride ourselves as being one of the leading authorised Club Car distributors in Queensland, Northern NSW and South Pacific.
Club Car has been synonymous with quality since its establishment in the 1950s. The brand’s commitment to delivering durable and high-performance golf cars has earned it a stellar reputation. With every product they design, Club Car incorporates leading edge technology, innovative features, and meticulous craftsmanship, ensuring golfers have a smooth and enjoyable ride on the course.
Club Car’s reputation extends beyond recreational players, as their golf cars are trusted by professionals and golf course operators worldwide. Renowned for their unmatched quality and performance, their vehicles have become the preferred choice for prestigious tournaments and golf courses, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for players at all levels.
But in recent years, golf cars are also becoming regularly used in urban settings and large-scale events due to their compact size, manoeuvrability and eco-friendly features.
In urban areas, Club Car golf cars serve as efficient and sustainable modes of transportation. They can navigate through tight spaces, making them ideal for crowded streets, campuses, and residential communities. Their quiet electric motors minimise noise pollution, promoting a peaceful environment while contributing to cleaner air quality and reduced carbon footprint.
When it comes to events, Club Car golf cars provide convenient and flexible transportation solutions. Whether it’s a trade show, festival, or sporting event, these vehicles can efficiently shuttle attendees from one location to another. Their customisable seating configurations accommodate different passenger capacities, ensuring efficient transport for small or large groups.
As a brand, Club Car is without question a leader in the golfing industry and a commercial utility vehicle of choice. At Golf Cars Australia, we sell new and pre-owned Club Car vehicles, and our expert team is here to help customers make informed purchase decisions. Whether for golfing, personal transportation or as a customised commercial utility vehicle, we are here every step of the way in making your prized purchase a complete game-changer.
Driving around the course gets a little bit easier in the 1960s when Club Car produced the first golf car with a steering wheel.
Many celebrities, including Sam Snead and Jackie Gleason, could be seen riding some of the first Club Car vehicles available.
The first golf utility vehicle was also created for easier course maintenance, via welding a cargo box onto a golf car.
Bill Stevens, Sr. bought Landreath Machine, based in Dallas, TX, and moved it to Augusta, GA in 1962, and Club Car officially began production.
The founder and his son, Bill, Jr., drove to the 1962 PGA Show in Dunedin, FL in six days.
1980 – 1989
The Club Car DS is created by Dom Saporito and quickly takes off due to ease of maintenance and longstanding durability. It quickly becomes the flagship car of the golf industry and propels Club Car to international prominence.
The Carryall II is also introduced in 1985, the first of its modern-day utility vehicles for commercial use.
2000 – 2010
The decade is marked by many developments. First overhead valve engine, the FE290, is produced in 1992
Custom Solutions department created to create on-demand vehicles specific to customer needs
ArmorFlex, an advanced polymer that maintains better colour and gives higher resale value, debuts
Cafe Express mobile merchandising vehicle debuts.
2000 – 2010
The 1,000,000th car rolls off the production line, a DS golf car carrying one of the “original eight” investors.
The Precedent i2 is launched in 2004, a new fleet golf car based on five years of research and development that quickly sets the standard for style and comfort.
That same year, the Carryall 295 is introduced, Club Car’s first 4WD utility vehicle.
In 2008, the Excel Drive System boosts car efficiency and control, creating a stronger driving experience.
The Villager 2+2 LSV is introduced to consumers, allowing for comfortable travel through neighbourhoods, downtown, and more as low-speed, street-legal vehicles increase in popularity.
2010 – PRESENT
In 2010, Club Car elevated the golfing experience with the new Connected technology system, highlighted by Visage and its 3D course flyovers, fleet management software, and many more features.
On Earth Day in 2010, the 2,000,000th car, a zero-emissions LSV, rolled off the Club Car production line.
The Carryall line of vehicles underwent a transformation, revealing best-in-class ergonomics, increased carrying capacity and ground clearance, and higher-efficiency systems.
A new fleet golf car is introduced in the Precedent i3, boasting on-board GPS, car tracking, and more through the Visage Fleet Management system. It goes on to win multiple Best Golf Car awards from Golf Digest.
The Onward® debuted in early 2017, allowing people to choose colors, seats, wheels, and many accessories to build their preferred Club Car completely online and showcase their style around the neighborhood, park, or pool.
Club Car acquires GPSi, previously a partner in developing the Visage Fleet Management system.
All information and images from the above timeline can be found by visiting the official Club Car website here. https://www.clubcar.com/en-au/our-company/history