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(Bleacher Report)   Ohio golf course will offer hovercrafts instead of golf carts to get around the course. No word if it comes full of eels   (bleacherreport.com ) divider line
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2013-07-11 12:47:33 PM  
I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.
 
2013-07-11 01:20:12 PM  
Would still rather walk with a caddy.

/As the game was meant to be played.
//Golf carts and the new tract home courses that mandate their use are an abomination.
///My fairway... get off it.
 
2013-07-11 01:23:10 PM  
This is a joke, a repeat and the headline eels joke is also a repeat.
 
2013-07-11 01:28:40 PM  
Seems to me that hovercraft would be too loud to take out on the links.
 
2013-07-11 01:33:05 PM  

scottydoesntknow: I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.


plus the whole "no brakes" issue
 
2013-07-11 01:36:57 PM  
.. In fact, forget the golf!

//I foresee a lot of "lost balls" excuses for why folks are tearing around a golf course on the hovercraft
 
2013-07-11 01:44:13 PM  
Water hazards to "what are hazards?" just like that!
 
2013-07-11 01:49:37 PM  
Personally I like to walk with a pull cart. Any time I golf in a power cart my rhythm goes to shiat and I feel rushed. This seems like a really, really bad idea. But fun!
 
2013-07-11 01:53:11 PM  
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2013-07-11 01:54:05 PM  

tlchwi02: scottydoesntknow: I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.

plus the whole "no brakes" issue


Brakes are no problem, just drop an anchor.
 
2013-07-11 02:01:09 PM  
My nipples explode with delight!
 
2013-07-11 02:07:19 PM  

Egoy3k: This is a joke, a repeat and the headline eels joke is also a repeat.


The original video was a joke, but this appears to be the real deal from what I can find. Still $250 to Rent the cart, Damn, son.
 
2013-07-11 02:07:30 PM  
The good:

You won't be farking killing all the grass every time you drive through wet grass.  (We get to do it because we know where to go so we don't kill the grass, and we need to jump from 2 to 7 without going via holes 3-6)

The bad:

That stuff is LOUD.  If I can hear a weedwhacker from the other side of the course, I can hear that from miles away.
 
2013-07-11 02:11:09 PM  
I was on a grounds/maintenance crew in high school/early college as a summer job at a local country club golf course. If the number of old rich dudes who don't know how a parking brake works and roll their carts into the lakes is any indication, these hovercrafts would be a terrible idea.

This happened at least a few times a summer. They were probably too busy staring at the beer cart girls.

/golf carts have lost all fun novelty after hauling dirt in them for months
 
2013-07-11 02:12:35 PM  

dielectric: tlchwi02: scottydoesntknow: I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.

plus the whole "no brakes" issue

Brakes are no problem, just drop an anchor.


So loud, no brakes, a PITA to get in and out of 100 times a round, and sure to get hung up/stuck by dipshiats running over curbs, mounds, and branches.

Sounds like an awesome idea.
 
2013-07-11 02:12:42 PM  
beware the lightning, lest your postillion be struck
 
2013-07-11 02:20:31 PM  
As if drunk golfers on carts are not sketchy enough.. Hovercraft!!
 
2013-07-11 02:48:11 PM  

meyerkev: The good:

You won't be farking killing all the grass every time you drive through wet grass.  (We get to do it because we know where to go so we don't kill the grass, and we need to jump from 2 to 7 without going via holes 3-6)

The bad:

That stuff is LOUD.  If I can hear a weedwhacker from the other side of the course, I can hear that from miles away.


I think the wet grass would be more of a problem since you have set the thing down to get out a hit the ball.  That machine looks heavier than a regular cart.  I guess it would depend on the landing gear.  However I am sure no one would be allowed to take them on the green anyway.

Another point, would the hovercraft blow your ball away as you approach it?

/Ohio, always the first to make being fat and a blowhard, louder
 
2013-07-11 03:03:42 PM  

lack of warmth: I think the wet grass would be more of a problem since you have set the thing down to get out a hit the ball.


So most of what I'm concerned about is that people will drive off the path through muddy grass and leave tracks of grass pushed into the mud (which then die and leave tracks of dead grass for the next couple months everywhere that the 50-60 carts that day were).  A hovercraft with a decent amount of surface area could be better than a golf cart since you wouldn't be leaving the tracks and the increased surface area might make up for the increased weight.

Mind you, I think that it's still a stupid gimmick with lots of unintended consequences (Namely, everyone on the course is drunk so what happens when someone inevitably falls into the lake), but at least the idiots won't be leaving tracks of dead grass everywhere they drive (in theory).

/So you know how on rainy days, the course asks that you NOT leave the cart path.  That's why.   The 4 maintenance carts can't do all that much damage (especially when driven by people who know WTF they're doing, know how to recognize muddy grass, and can avoid it).  The 200 people playing the course that day CAN.
 
2013-07-11 03:06:34 PM  

lack of warmth: Another point, would the hovercraft blow your ball away as you approach it?


That's a good point.

You could just drive up behind it slowly... turn that 150 yard ground squirrel drive into a world record contender.
 
2013-07-11 03:09:55 PM  
Toronto courses could use a few of those about now.
 
2013-07-11 03:20:14 PM  
Drive by that course on the way to work every morning. Never see anyone play. Could honestly be a gimmick to bring more people in to use the hovercraft because the noise isn't going to really disturb anyone else.
 
2013-07-11 03:27:13 PM  

tlchwi02: scottydoesntknow: I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.

plus the whole "no brakes" issue


Sure, they may have GEVs on their side, but what until the Ogres start showing up.
 
2013-07-11 06:34:36 PM  

ciberido: tlchwi02: scottydoesntknow: I see the video does a great job of editing out its biggest issue. The thing is farking LOUD.

plus the whole "no brakes" issue

Sure, they may have GEVs on their side, but what until the Ogres start showing up.


Sees what you did there...  but the second phase move will get me out of range.
 
2013-07-11 09:22:12 PM  
Yeah the energy required would be pretty expensive, you'd have to stay airborne for maybe an hour.

A few years ago I did see a demonstration of a Segway with a bag rack on it that look like it could work.
But apparently they didn't.

But I can tell you, the cart mechanic at any 18 hole facility works pretty much full time just keeping the 60 or 70 golf carts all running and they are very simple machines.
 
2013-07-11 09:36:42 PM  

Stranded On The Planet Dumbass: Yeah the energy required would be pretty expensive, you'd have to stay airborne for maybe an hour.

A few years ago I did see a demonstration of a Segway with a bag rack on it that look like it could work.
But apparently they didn't.

But I can tell you, the cart mechanic at any 18 hole facility works pretty much full time just keeping the 60 or 70 golf carts all running and they are very simple machines.


Of course, the actual mechanic works pretty much full time keeping 7 mowers, 1 sand trap raker and 2 weedwhackers up, much less maintained.

/Golf Courses are really hard on mechanical devices.
//Seriously, we had maybe 80% uptime at best(One time, we had 1 fairway mower, 1 greens mower and no tee mowers out of 2/2/2) and it wasn't the mechanics fault.
 
2013-07-12 12:11:18 AM  
Hopefully not *shrieking* eels, in any case...

http://youtu.be/Tfo3nEZHNLk
 
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