The bicycles at Kierland Golf Club are designed especially to carry a full set of clubs yet have a minimal impact on the turf.
Some people like to ride carts when they play a round of golf. Others prefer to walk.
But what if you're in the middle – you'd like a bit more exercise than you get from riding, but maybe you're not up to hiking your way around?
The folks at the Kierland Golf Club at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., can relate – after all, they're famous for being the first golf resort in America to offer a fleet of Segways to traverse the links. And now they have introduced bicycle golf. That's right – you play golf like you always have, but you get around the course on a bicycle.
Kierland GC has acquired a couple of bikes specially designed to minimize their effect on the course yet make for a fun, fast and fitness-improving round of golf. The two-wheelers feature small-diameter wheels and wide rubber tires to take it easy on the turf, and have custom-designed golf bags able to carry a full set of clubs mounted on the back.
"It's fabulous, a great way to get a workout," Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Director of Golf Nancy Dickens told Fox 10 Phoenix. "Why sit on a stationary bike at the gym?"
Many golfers are looking for innovative ways to enjoy the game, Dickens said, adding that she believes the bikes will catch on – especially when golfers realize they can play nine holes in only about an hour.
Golfers wanting to try them out can do so for free – all they have to do is call ahead and make a reservation, she said.
Here's more on Kierland's bicycle golf program from Fox 10: