Demo Day attendees ride, review GolfBoard

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Attendees at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day try out the GolfBoard on Tuesday.
By Mark Aumann
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 1:37 p.m.

It's a hybrid between a golf push cart and a skateboard, and it was one of the more unusual hands-on displays Tuesday at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day.

So what's it like to ride the GolfBoard? We asked some of the people who braved it to give their honest opinion -- and they unanimously agreed it was fun and easier to control than they expected.

 

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Penny Holden, Pittsburgh: "It was easier than I thought to turn. I'd like to try it with a golf bag on to see if you could actually maneuever it as well. I really like that it stopped when you let off (the accelerator). You weren't afraid to fall forward, because it did come to a stop. To turn, you have to shift your weight -- and I felt like I had to make a wide arc, but I'm guessing the more you get used to it, the more you figure out how to manuever it better."

Brian Skena, Winter Garden, Fla.: "I'm a surfer/snowboarder, and first getting on it, you have to trust that it's going to carve. But as soon as you figure out that you can lean into it and carve, it rides similarly. Hanging onto the stability bar, I'd be interested in trying it without it. That almost puts a little stress on the forearm. You can lean into it really hard. I tried to make a tight turn and didn't make it, but it might have been because I didn't trust myself and not run over somebody's tent. As soon as you let off the throttle, it slows down. You're not going to run over anybody."

Jerry Stenstrom, Kalamazoo, Mich.: "You have to go back to skateboarding a little bit. It'll take you back to your youth. But it was a lot of fun. I think we'd get out there and have more fun surfing around on this than we would playing golf. I don't know that we'd use it at our course, but it is new."

Phil Allen, Oak Brook, Ill.: "At first, it was a little scary. But after you got the hang of it, it was a lot of fun. We were talking about it -- we're on the board of our club and that's why we're down here. We're trying to get golf rounds up and this might be one of those ways to get the young guys out. It's somewhere in between a little motorbike and a skateboard. It takes just a little time to get used to the acceleration, but once you do, it's pretty nice. Anybody could do it."

Christopher Johnson, Vail, Colo.: "I think it would be perfect for us, with so many snowboarders and skiers and people willing to try outdoor activities. It was similar to skateboarding in a way -- a little scary on the hills -- but it was fun, it was a blast. I'd say you'd be used to it within a few holes. There was a learning curve, even in the 20 seconds I rode it. I got more comfortable, for sure."

The Bend, Ore.-based company won the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show award for best new product. The company claims the GolfBoard speeds up the game, reduces turf wear and attracts a younger audience.

Between those already using the product and those who have orders in, GolfBoard officials said more than 100 courses have signed up so far.

GolfBoard's offical website: www.golfboard.com