Golf carts are amazingly versatile and diverse little vehicles. Three-wheelers, four-wheelers, covered, uncovered, and sometimes even street-legal, there are only two limits to what you can do with a golf cart: your imagination, and the accessories you have. Having the right golf cart accessories on hand is essential to extending the use of your cart beyond the back nine, and there’s a dizzying array of gear out there.
Some of the most popular types of golf cart accessories include:
- safety gear
- tires & wheels
Golf Cart Covers
There are two vital functions that different types of golf cart covers can accomplish: protecting your cart when it isn’t in use, and protecting you from the elements when it is in use. Some covers are also designed to protect your clubs from getting wet while you’re golfing. These particular golf cart accessories are typically engineered to work with a specific make or model of cart, but there are typically a number of different options and configurations available regardless of what type of cart you have.
Storage covers typically slip down over your cart to protect it from the elements, while there is a significantly greater diversity among enclosure covers. Depending on the type of cart you drive, you may be able to use a golf cart enclosure cover that incorporates doors, seals three sides of your cart, or functions mainly as an umbrella. Each of these enclosures and other, similar golf cart accessories work best in a particular climate, so you’ll want to consider that before you buy.
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Golf Cart Safety Gear
While it’s perfectly legal to hit the links without any safety gear, there are a couple important accessories that you’ll need to pick up before you drive your cart anywhere else. Make sure to check the local laws in your area first, but some of the safety accessories you might need include:
- lap belts
- turn signals
- brake lights
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Radios and Consoles
Blaring a radio out on the golf course isn’t going to make you any friends, but some of the best golf cart accessories you might have never thought of fall into this category. If you use your golf cart for anything other than golf, then some type of entertainment system is great to have on hand. The easiest way to install a radio in a golf cart is to just bolt in a one piece console that includes a head unit and speakers, but you can also add a satellite radio receiver and other fun stuff.
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Tires and Wheels
There are two main reasons to upgrade the tires or wheels on a golf cart: aesthetics and utility. Of course, you can also get golf cart tires and wheels that fit the bill in both of those categories. On the usability side of the equation, you may need bigger wheels or tires with a more aggressive tread if you want to drive your cart anywhere but on a golf course. On the aesthetics side, the sky is the limit. While you may not be looking to bolt 20 inch spinners on your cart, there are a still a lot of options to check out.
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Golf Cart Batteries and Charging Accessories
Whether you have a gas or electric cart, it’s absolutely vital to have a high quality battery that’s in good shape. If you have an electric cart, you’ll typically be dealing with a bank of batteries that all need to be maintained and taken care of. So while the batteries themselves aren’t technically accessories, since they are essential to the operation of your cart, there are a lot of related accessories to keep track of.
It’s not only enough to buy a good battery, you also have to know how to maintain it. Of course, there are also a lot of great battery and charging accessories that can make the job easier, from trickle chargers that keep you topped up to battery monitors that provide a visual warning before you get in trouble.
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Golf Cart Mods
The reason golf carts are so versatile is that it’s relatively easy to modify them, and there’s a huge variety of golf cart accessories geared toward that express purpose. A lift kit can give you a little more ground clearance for driving over rough terrain, and most carts can be configured in a number of different ways. If you want to use your golf cart to drive around a campground or other large complex, you can replace the club rack with a rear seat. If you want to go the other way, you can also buy racks to replace seats. There are also a lot of different seating options, including flip-down seats and accessories that make it easier to swap configurations as need be.
Other Golf Cart Accessories
There’s really no limit to the types of golf cart accessories you can use to customize your cart. If you use your cart a lot in cold weather, you can install an electric or propane heater. If you need a cigarette lighter or an ash tray, there are a bunch of ways to get it done. In most cases, there are even accessories you can use to modify your cart (or remove a governor) to get an extra boost of speed.
It’s that wealth of accessories that makes golf carts useful in so many different situations. If there’s something you’ve ever thought would be nice to have on or in your cart, chances are it’s out there somewhere, and hopefully we can help you find it.