Thinking of buying a golf cart? Club Car is considered the premier cart on the market, whether you are looking for a vehicle for playing golf, transportation around your community, or a utility cart. Available in both electric and low-emission gas vehicles, Club Cars offer more than 40 base models that can be customised with many options that make them suitable for the needs of most buyers.
First built in 1982 in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters Golf Tournament is held, the Club Car started out as a prestigious, well-designed vehicle that was innovative throughout. While it might have initially captured interest because people tie into the famous golf event, it has been the constant level of quality that has continued to capture people’s interests. The carts remain trendy by adding new technology while keeping what has worked effectively over the years.
The Key Components of a Club Car
- Powerful engine.
- The original Club Car engine was a Kawasaki FZ340 9 horsepower engine that was replaced in 1992 by the more powerful 286 cc FE290 9 horsepower engine. Due to a change in transaxles, the company changed the engine’s rotation for increased displacement, a trend that has continued. Currently, the engine has continually met and exceeded SAE J1940 standards for small engine performance.Today, the company offers a Kawasaki FA 350 11.5 horsepower and the FE 400 13 horsepower engine to allow for needed power on both utility vehicles and golf carts.
- The I-beam frame system used in the early Club Cars is still in use today. Current gas models use four beams that span the length of the vehicle and have a lateral and vertical bend, while electric models use two beams that span the length of the vehicle. This design yields a sturdy, strong frame with fewer welds.
- The 1982 Club Car body had plastic front panels and fiberglass rear body panels that were redesigned and replaced by ArmorFlex in 1993 to be stronger, smoother, and stiffer than rival vehicles. Although the panels were built to withstand abuse, they had a tendency to break rather than bend with continual impact. In 2003, the company’s mindset of continuous improvement led them to incorporate Suralyn material on many models; the flexible, durable material features built in color that requires no paint.
- For most of its history, the suspension has utilized leaf springs on the bottom and a delta shock tower assembly on the top that eliminates the need for coil-over shocks, struts, or double wishbone suspension. This simple arrangement has proved durable and easy to manufacture and maintain.
A Quality Line with Many Choices
The original models released in the 1980s have expanded to a line of personal and commercial vehicles that include street legal models as well as some designed for use on grassy golf courses or unpaved private property. Many of the commercial models are intended to serve as people movers or as the base of modified vehicles used as refreshment trucks or for other special uses. All models have a variety of accessories that expand their usefulness.
This versatility, coupled with the classic quality of the Club Car is why Intermountain Golf Cars is a proud distributor and service center for the brand.