Golf buggies had a moment in 2020. With social distancing more easily achieved when walking instead of riding in a cart with someone, many golfers turned to pushcarts for peace of mind – and of body – as COVID-19 made its presence felt. So many turned to them that they became hard to find for a while; manufacturers reported a 60-percent increase in sales. Many companies have increased production in anticipation of continued interest in walking moving forward. If you’re pulling, or pushing, an old model and looking to upgrade or are simply looking to join the walking brigade in 2021, consider these options 444
SwingCaddy is one the best value-for-money, fully remote-controlled buggies available.
The buggy is both lightweight and simple and, with very few unnecessary bells and whistles, is virtually bulletproof.
The 2021 model is the latest in a line of remote-control buggies stretching back 20 years; each one slightly better and more refined than its predecessor. The product now boasts a 10AH lithium battery that will easily power through 18 holes but weighs only 1,592 grams.
The entire buggy, including accessories and battery, weighs in at an easily manageable 15.2 kilograms.
It has a wide track and low centre of gravity for extra stability and can be assembled and disassembled in minutes. It folds down to a size that will fit in most normal-sized car boots.
And the best bit? SwingCaddy is delivered free to anywhere in Australia.
RRP: $1,385; current special: $1,190. For more information see Swingstore.com.au or phone 0418 556 191.
Big Max Quattro
The Big Max Blade Quattro is sure to surprise you with the simple efficiency of its folding mechanism. With a gentle pull, the buggy opens like a fan, shifting from flat to fully open in seconds. With a robust four-wheel construction, the Quattro has extra stability for hilly terrain, and with Big Max’s patented Flat Fold technology, it can be easily and securely stowed in either a locker or car boot. The buggy is complemented by the Quick-Fix and Quick-Lok system for a host of practical accessories as well as a well-appointed organiser panel.
RRP: $479.95. See drummondgolf.com.au for more
Big Max IQ+
The IQ+ is a clever compact buggy that has all of the features expected from Big Max. The organiser panel features a scorecard holder, two Quick-Lok connections to fit Big Max Quick-Lok accessories, such as the bottle and towel holder, and two Quick-Fix connections for the simultaneous use of the QF umbrella holder and GPS/phone holder.
The large and practical mesh pocket underneath the panel offers not only space for the important things you need during a round of golf but also serves as storage for the QF umbrella holder. The IQ+ comes in three exciting colour combinations, making it an eye-catching addition to any golf course.
RRP: $359.95. See drummondgolf.com.au for more
Club Car Tempo Walk
The Tempo Walk provides golfers who enjoy walking the golf course with a caddie-like experience and state-of-the-art wireless technology that includes GPS distance and hands-free remote control to manoeuvre easily across the course. Golf-course operators can now offer a fresh, functional and differentiated cart option as well as a unique experience to their golfers.
Constructed with a durable aluminium frame, Tempo Walk contains a lithium-ion battery which holds a 36-hole charge. It moves up to 11 kilometres per hour and weighs 43 kilograms. Additional technology features include a USB port and touchscreen tablet with GPS distances. Traditional golf car offerings – a cup holder, cooler, divot repairer and sand bottle – are also included. With a compact frame size, four Tempo Walk golf caddies can fit into the space of one golf car, another benefit for course operators. Ask your course for a Tempo Walk rental today.
MGI Zip Navigator AT (All-Terrain)
Designed with independent swivelling front wheels for added strength and stability, the Zip Navigator AT incorporates a full directional remote control for convenience, with the power of a 24V 380Wh lithium battery, allowing you to effortlessly walk the golf course. On even the most rugged and hilly courses, watch while your buggy traverses undulating landscapes with conviction using MGI’s patented Gyroscope Straight Tracker technology to always keep the buggy driving straight. Now you have no boundaries, no excuses.
RRP: $2,199 (36-hole lithium battery). See mgigolf.com for more
MGI Zip X5
With the ingenious advantage of automatic downhill speed control and an electronic park brake, you can focus on your game, and not your gear. The Zip X5’s downhill speed control software eliminates the need for the golfer to manually adjust the speed when walking downhill. This creates an effortless, weightless transition on sloping terrain. Combined with the in-built electronic park brake, which can be activated at the press of a button to keep your buggy from moving on steep terrain, the Zip X5 will keep your golf gear safe on any course. Make it a level playing field with the Zip X5 motorised buggy.
RRP: $1,499 (18-hole lithium battery). See mgigolf.com for more
MGI Zip X3
Packed full of desirable features, the Zip X3 will turn heads with its stylish look and modern design while being effortless in its operation. Built on a platform of signature MGI features like the controlled distance function, which allows you to set the buggy to drive a certain distance then automatically turn off, combined with a swivelling and lockable front wheel to suit varying golf course terrain, the Zip X3 is perfect for any golfer. To help improve your game and feel in control, the advanced digital electronic display will provide valuable statistics, like distances walked and the distance of your shot, along with important information like battery level and the speed of your buggy.
RRP: $1,299 (18-hole lithium battery). See mgigolf.com for more
The market-leading Freeway series has been renamed as the FX collection to signify the 10th re-imagining of what it claims is the world’s most popular buggy family. For simplicity without compromising on unbeatable performance and reliability, the all-new FX3 is the entry-level model in the Freeway series. Admire the new 2.3-inch full-colour widescreen display with digital power gauge and battery fuel indicator. Note the powerful, quiet, 30V 230W motor nestling in a low-profile, styled PowaFrame with the new unique plug ’n play 30-volt Max battery and motor system.
The new 2020 FX3 folds 20 percent smaller than the previous PowaKaddy Freeway model.
The optional self-sensing Electronic Braking System automatically slows the buggy on steep inclines. Recognise that the stylish FX3 offers engineered simplicity at the highest level.
See powakaddy.com.au for more
The 2020 FX7 is the most intelligent buggy of its kind and has been re-engineered with an all-new chassis designed to seamlessly integrate with improved technology, providing golfers with the ultimate electric buggy experience. Enjoy the simplest-ever 1-Click folding system in the FX Collection. The 2020 FX7 folds 20 percent smaller than the previous PowaKaddy Freeway model and also comes with an increased three-year peace of mind warranty. An optional self-sensing Electronic Braking System automatically slows the buggy on steep inclines. The FX7 is suited to the performance-driven golfer.
See powakaddy.com.au for more
PowaKaddy CT6 GPS
The all-new CT6 GPS gives golfers the opportunity to enjoy smarter power. This model boasts a fully-integrated GPS, accessible via a new 2.8-inch OCA TFT full-colour widescreen display, making it the smallest, most intelligent ultra-compact golf buggy in the world.
This high-performance model comes pre-loaded with more than 40,000 courses worldwide with no annual fees or subscriptions. Simple-2-FoldTM system in the CT series folds 20 percent smaller than the previous PowaKaddy Compact C2i models and 35 percent smaller than its nearest competitor in the market. The CT6 GPS is the world’s smallest GPS golf buggy.
See powakaddy.com.au for more
Parmaker offers both three and four-wheel ride-on golf buggies, meaning there’s a model perfect for you regardless of how hilly the course, or ‘sturdy’ the rider. All buggies are manufactured entirely in Parmaker’s Melbourne factory from high-tech, lightweight materials, and fold to fit in most car boots (you can purchase the company’s custom ‘car carrier’ if you wish to keep your boot free for other items). Parmaker is the only company prepared to offer a five-year warranty. As the company likes to say: “Buy yourself a Parmaker – they’re built better.”
See parmaker.com for the full range
Motocaddy M7 Remote
Voted the Best Electric Cart of 2021 by mygolfspy.com, the compact-folding M7 Remote features a rechargeable handset, anti-glare LCD widescreen display with battery meter, USB charging port, removable anti-tip wheel and automatic Downhill Control (DHC) technology for the ultimate in responsive control.
Powered by twin 230W motors, the M7 Remote offers unrivalled reliability, optimised battery efficiency, and instinctive buggy control from your first time behind the wheel and integrates Motocaddy’s high-powered 28.8V system with easily adjustable handle height and oversized tubing for ultimate stability with cutting-edge M-Series functionality. The M7 Remote features the world’s simplest folding mechanism with the innovative car boot-friendly design, weighing only 14.4 kilograms. The automatic DHC feature allows the M7 Remote to traverse undulations with ease and ensures the buggy maintains a constant speed while moving down a gradient, helping golfers stay in complete control even across the most undulating golf courses. The award-winning DHC feature is bolstered by the integration of all-terrain wheels and combines with the removable rear
anti-tip wheel for unmatched stability.
RRP: $2,149. See motocaddy.com.au for more
The No.1-selling Motocaddy M1 is packed with features including Adjustable Distance Control and a USB charging port. Driven by a powerful and whisper-quiet 230W motor with a lightweight 28V lithium battery, the M1 offers nine speed settings to match your walking pace plus an anti-glare LCD widescreen display with speed and battery indicators. The company says the M1 remains the easiest-to-use compact electric trolley in the world, featuring the unique ‘SlimFold’ design with space-saving inverting wheels for a significantly reduced folded footprint – perfect for easy storage and transportation.
RRP: $1,199. See motocaddy.com.au for more
Clicgear Model 4
Model 4 is the latest iteration of Clicgear’s dominant three-wheel pushcart design. Clicgear has pushed the design envelope with features like the new adjustable upper saddle, revised lower saddle and silicone straps while retaining features like ample console storage and unmatched durability and stability that, according to the company, have made it No.1. Model 4 comes in a huge range of colours and is complemented by a complete selection of accessories. And for a unique, personalised look, the Model 4 can be colour customised with trim and wheel kits (sold separately).
RRP: $419. See wsports.com.au for more
Voted Best Push Cart of 2021 by mygolfspy.com, the Rovic RV1S features a 360-degree swivelling front wheel that makes changing direction effortless. The best-selling RV1S offers the abundant storage you’d expect from Rovic plus outstanding stability thanks to its wide base and large wheels. And for those with limited space, the unique patented Rovic folding action makes it ultra-compact yet simple to fold down. The RV1S is compatible with a wide range of Clicgear accessories for extra customisation and user-friendliness.
RRP: $349. See wsports.com.au for more
The Rovic RV1C is still the most compact and versatile three-wheel cart in the Rovic range and features some exciting colour combinations, silicone bag straps and an external ball clip, which frees up console space while offering fast reload. The RV1C is lightweight yet offers the durability you would expect from a premium construction of the Clicgear family. The patented folding design makes for an easy and straightforward fold down while the handle mounted brake and full console offer enhanced usability. The RV1C can also fit a wide range of Clicgear accessories making it a very user-friendly option.
RRP: $319. See wsports.com.au for more
Walkinshaw Swivel 4.0
The first thing you notice about the new Walkinshaw Swivel 4.0 buggy is how effortless it is to push. With a swivelling front wheel and larger, 12-inch wheels, a simple push is all that is required to send the buggy where you want it to go. No extra effort from you means you have more energy during the course of a round. And when it’s time to go home, the lightweight aluminium 3D frame folds down with a simple press of a button into a compact, easy-to-lift position in seconds.
Packed with features, the Walkinshaw Swivel 4.0 includes a scorecard holder with storage for all the items you need to keep handy, like your GPS or phone, balls, tees, ball markers and drink bottle plus a large, easy-access, two-pocket storage silo.
RRP: $349. See wsports.com.au for more
Walkinshaw Racer 4.0
The Walkinshaw Racer 4.0 buggy was developed for Australian conditions by automotive engineers. It has a three-wheel, easy-push design and a sturdy steel frame that folds in one smooth motion. Well thought-out features include a side seat that allows easy access to your golf bag pockets and lifts to reveal a handy storage compartment. The Racer also includes a multi-function scorecard holder with drink, ball, tee and phone storage. Racer 4.0 is available in three classic colour combinations.
RRP: $309. See wsports.com.au for more
Axglo Tri-360 V2
Lightweight and smooth-rolling, the new Axglo TRI-360 V2 features a 360-degree swivelling front wheel for outstanding balance and manoeuvrability. The V2 has been improved with a more compact front wheel folding down to a much smaller overall size. The TRI-360 V2 is compact when folded but possesses the stability of a four-wheel buggy on the most uneven of surfaces. While the TRI-360 V2 is light to push across the golf course, its dual-brake system secures the buggy to not roll away when you stop. The TRI-360 V2 is available in five colours and is supplied with a drink holder and umbrella holder.
RRP: $379. See wsports.com.au for more
Rovic RV2L Lite
The Rovic RV2L is a very lightweight golf trolley at only 6.7 kilograms. It is quick and simple to use with a cleverly designed pull handle lever for user-friendly folding and unfolding. The RV2L offers adjustable handle height and features a large console tray with mesh storage net underneath, and is also compatible with a wide range of Clicgear accessories. The RV2L comes in a great choice of colours.
RRP: $299. See wsports.com.au for more
Concourse Smart Wheels S2
The Smart Wheels S2, designed and manufactured by Concourse Golf, are continuing to pioneer new territory with a game-changing experience for golfers.
In merely a few seconds, the Concourse Smart Wheels S2 can transform most existing push-buggy models into advanced, remote-control, electric-powered ones. The genius of the Smart Wheels S2 lies with the advanced technology that enables them to communicate wirelessly with each other so they can independently attach to an existing push buggy.
Gone are the inconveniences of existing motorised buggies. Smart Wheels S2 have concentrated all the functionality and benefits that electric power brings to the game, in a more compact, sophisticated and convenient golfer experience.
Each wheel houses its own powerful brushless electric motor, lithium battery power source, advanced sensors and gyroscope technology so golfers can power their existing push buggy via remote control. Smart Wheels are available in black or white.
RRP: $1,399. See concoursegolf.com for more
But if driving is more your game…
Although the COVID-19 pandemic produced a slew of golfers walking and carting their own bag on the course, the fact is 253,000 more adult Australians played golf in 2020 than in 2019, according to the latest AusPlay statistics released in June.
Another fact, not everyone is ‘hoofing’ it. Which probably explains why Highland Golf Cars is enjoying a productive period with its showcase of impressive new and used golf carts – the largest display outside Sydney.
Coupled with utilities and transport vehicles, this dealership’s continued popularity and growth can be attributed to its code, ‘We will not be beaten on price.’
When you have a vast array of stock to choose from, excellent sales and after-sales service and legendary trade-in deals, that adds significant confidence when buying from Highland Golf Cars, says the dealership’s owners Brian and Chris Woodward.
“Golf carts, utilities and people movers are increasingly more affordable and feature-packed these days,” Brian adds. “With varying models and price points, there are many options to suit any budget. Whether you’re after the latest model or are interested in a used vehicle, there is simply no better place to start (and end) your journey. Highland Golf Cars will trade any cart, so why not trade up today?”
If you’re looking for a used cart, check out highlandgolfcars.com.au for an extensive selection of pre-owned and fully reconditioned buggies, all with warranty and all equipped with brand new batteries. Highland Golf Cars are leaders when it comes to quality price and distribution of cart batteries.
“The current ‘unbeatable’ deals on Neuton batteries is an all-time winner,” Woodward says. “We can arrange delivery of a cart, trailer, a set of batteries or a part to anywhere in Australia. All you have to do is ask!”
For more information, phone 1300 906 080 or e-mail [email protected]