Sales Of British-Made Walking Carts Surge
As the reality of golf in the new age of social distancing emerges, American golfers are turning to walking carts in unprecedented numbers.
British cart manufacturer Stewart Golf have experienced a surge in sales as golfers turn away from using ride-on and rented walking carts in favor of their own equipment. With the picture regarding shelter-in-place orders unclear across the country, up to 95% of the US population may be affected. Regardless, it is widely expected that some form of social distancing will be in place for many months to come.
Sales of Stewart Golf’s high-end X9 Follow electric walking cart ($2,499), X9 Remote ($1,999) and their entry level R1-S Push cart ($249) soared in April with orders more than ten-times higher than the same period in 2019, with May tracking similarly high. Although almost all stock was quickly sold, the British factory is now working overtime to catch up and they are even flying carts to their Florida base to satisfy demand.
CEO Mark Stewart said, “The surge we have seen at stewartgolfusa.com is unprecedented. Anecdotally it’s down to the effect social distancing is having on golf. Those placing orders are telling us that they would rather be using their own walking cart than using a rented riding or push/pull cart. In addition, this seems to be the catalyst many golfers needed to get out of the cart and walk.
“Golf is such a welcome relief for so many at this time. It seems in this uncertain time, golfers are choosing to play with their own equipment rather than renting to minimize the risk of either contracting COVID-19 or inadvertently passing it to others.”