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Push Carts

vickie

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I've started looking into push carts for walking the golf course. What features have you found to be important? Which ones are less so?

I see features such as a compartment for tees and think "why? the bag has that". And then I see women pushing carts with umbrellas to give them a break from the sun and think "ohhhh, yeah". One woman recommended I pay particular attention to the mechanism for holding a score card. She said some plastic ones don't hold well and cards get blown off.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
Don't remember the shopping process but I ended up with the Bag Boy M300. I see there are some on eBay. The main feature that was important was overall size and weight. Didn't want to have to struggle to get it in/out of the car. I had a Ford Taurus Wagon then, not a minivan or SUV.

For 9 holes, I much prefer to walk. Much simpler than having to figure out where to park the cart, and then walk back and forth from that point.
 

altagirl

Moderator
Staff member
I have a Rovic by ClicGear which I adore. I will say the paper card holder isn't fantastuc but I always keep score in an app on my phone which mounts on the cart. It's easy to push highly maneuverable and very intuitive. The small folded size is easy to handle in a smaller car. And they make every attachment you can think of. I did get an umbrella holder. My friend has the seat attachment which I've never wished for personally but she loves.

I'd say my favorite things are the small folded size and the know on top for one handed steering. That's genius.
 

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SkiBam

Angel Diva
I LOVE the umbrella holder on my cart. Some golf buddies have bought umbrella holders to attach to their cart but most of them seem flimsy and prone to falling over compared to mine, which is totally solid. Wish I could say what specifics to look for, but I picked my cart up for $10 at a flea market and didn't even realize for a year that it had an umbrella holder. A total life saver when it's hot. (And not bad if it happens to rain!)
 

altagirl

Moderator
Staff member
For 9 holes, I much prefer to walk. Much simpler than having to figure out where to park the cart, and then walk back and forth from that point.
Generally speaking I agree with this and prefer walking but some courses are just NOT made to walk. I either look it up online or ride the first time at a new course. We have a few that are extremely hilly and spread or where you could be delaying play with the time it takes to walk from one hole to another.
 

vickie

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
There are a couple of executive courses near me where I plan to walk when I play 9 holes, maybe 18 if it's not hot or (please no!) smoky.

At most courses, I plan to ride the first time to learn the layout.

When I played years ago, I wasn't hitting long distances and yeah, it seemed as if I walked as much to and from the cart as I would have just walking down the fairway!
 

kiki

Angel Diva
I always use the push cart. Dealbreakers for me are
1. Solid umbrella holder
2. Good brake
3. Cupholder
4. Folds up in a way to fit on my trunk with my bag of golf clubs

nice to haves are:
5. a good compartment on top to tuck your snack in if you have to put it down to shoot (so the crows don’t get it) and to stick misc items in
6. A seat attachment, on a 4-5 hour round if you are tired for whatever reason it makes a world of difference

definitely important to get something sturdy that won’t tip over in the wind etc
 

seastraight

Angel Diva
I tested out several carts a few years ago and found the 4 wheel carts to be much easier to manage than the 3 wheel. We now have 2 Bag Boy 4 wheel carts that are fairly lightweight. Weight is important in getting it in and out of the car. These bags do fold up easily, they are not small, but we do fit the 2 carts and 2 full bags in the back of our mini SUV. The only drawback is that we cannot take them on vacation; we just run out of space in the car.
 

vickie

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
I've been watching the local market for used carts for a while. That has convinced me I should probably focus on new carts. I don't know enough about how they operate to ensure I'm not buying someone else's headache. The ones that seemed most like what I would want are selling for $75 and up. And some of those are models that came out 10-15 years ago. All it takes is one wheel needing replacement or having to order and ship an umbrella holder and I could be up in the cost range of a new cart.

I've also talked with golfers I have played with about their carts. And read lots of reviews. If the inventory situation improves, I should be able to get what I want before next season. If not, I can continue riding or renting until it does.

Maybe I'll luck out and find a sweet deal over the holidays.
 

altagirl

Moderator
Staff member
I tested out several carts a few years ago and found the 4 wheel carts to be much easier to manage than the 3 wheel. We now have 2 Bag Boy 4 wheel carts that are fairly lightweight. Weight is important in getting it in and out of the car. These bags do fold up easily, they are not small, but we do fit the 2 carts and 2 full bags in the back of our mini SUV. The only drawback is that we cannot take them on vacation; we just run out of space in the car.

That's interesting - my friend and I both have ClicGear carts - she has the 4 wheel version and I have the 3 wheel version. Hers is more expensive and I figured I was just being cheap (though not really with the price tag on any of these) - but we pushed each others carts around a bit and honestly, I like my 3 wheel version a lot better - but really they just have different strengths. The 3 wheel version is much more maneuverable to get through tricky spots or rotate around and the 4 wheel version is easier to effortlessly keep in a straight line one handed.
 

TNtoTaos

Angel Diva
I always use the push cart. Dealbreakers for me are
1. Solid umbrella holder
2. Good brake
3. Cupholder
4. Folds up in a way to fit on my trunk with my bag of golf clubs

nice to haves are:
5. a good compartment on top to tuck your snack in if you have to put it down to shoot (so the crows don’t get it) and to stick misc items in
6. A seat attachment, on a 4-5 hour round if you are tired for whatever reason it makes a world of difference

definitely important to get something sturdy that won’t tip over in the wind etc
Agree with 1-4, would also add umbrella holder and handle with adjustable positions (I lust after a friend's cart that allows the handle/card platform to be in a horizontal position, providing a "table", which is useful).
 

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