How to Use a Golf Cart
The loud buzzing sound you hear indicates
Hi golfers, I'm Todd Kolb with About.com. We're going to talk about how to properly use a golf cart.When it comes time to using a golf cart, there are a couple things we first need to know in terms of just actually how the cart itself works. The first thing you're going to want to know is how am I going to get my golf clubs on the cart. So, almost all carts work the same way. There's going to be a spot on the back of the cart that will usually fit two golf bags. So you know your golf bag's just going to fit on there, they'll have a strap that goes right around. Now, make sure when you take this strap that you actually put it through some type of loop on your bag, almost all golf bags will have a loop or something that you can go thru.When it comes time to actually use the golf cart, it's going to work just like most cars or any type of driving vehicle will work. There's just simply an on/off switch. Okay, I've got to switch it to on so I know that it's on, of course, and then I can go ahead and use it. There's going to be a spot for a brake and a spot for a gas. Now, it's also going to have what we call like a parking brake, most of them will have a parking brake, so you push this down that will kind of lock that brake in there. That's a good thing to use when you're on a hill or a slope and you don't want the cart to certainly drive away.So there's going to be a switch on the bottom here, usually it's down here, sometimes it will be up in front but usually it's down here by the seat. There's going to be a forward, of course, if you want to go forward. There's a neutral and then there's also reverse and typically, when you put most any golf cart in reverse, you're going to hear a loud sound some type of a buzzer or something going off so that you know the cart is in reverse. And that's really what you're going to need to know in terms of using the golf cart.Now when it comes time to actually use the golf cart, there are a couple things on the course you need to be aware of. The first thing is that a lot of courses will have what they call a ninety-degree rule. So just as I did there, I came up in the rough line or in the rough and I drove to my ball in the fairway at a ninety degree angle. That's a general rule and something that you should probably do no matter what course you're at.Couple other things you need to be aware of, certainly just some basic common sense. Number one is you don't want to be driving throug puddles or if there's any casual water or just water on the golf course you don't want to be driving golf carts through there. Another thing you want to be aware of is don't get very close to hazards, whether it be water hazards or longer grass or anything that is marked as a hazard, you want to keep your golf cart plenty of ways away.So as your golf ball gets closer in the area of the green a general rule of thumb is that you want to keep your golf cart about fifty yards away from the green. Now, lots of courses will have cart paths that might be closer to that and that's going to be okay. If you're on the cart path, you're in a safe area and you can certainly drive the golf cart up nice and close.So in conclusion, when it comes to using your golf cart, couple things to remember: it's going to work basically like a car, there's a steering wheel, there's a gas, there's a brake, there's a spot on the back for your golf clubs and when you get out on the golf course, use a general rule of: hey, be courteous to the course, stay on the cart path when you can, use some common sense and you're going to enjoy your round of golf and the course will be glad that you've taken some courtesy and used the golf cart the way that it was designed to be used.