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Club Car LLC
Mark Wagner – Chief Executive Officer, President
Michael Packer – Vice President of Sales
Fred Palmer- Vice President of Business Development
Chris Sanders, Director of National Accounts
Founded in 1958, Club Car, a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Plc, has been one of the most respected names in the golf industry for 60 years and has expanded to commercial utility vehicles and personal-use transportation.
Today, the company offers a range of gasoline, electric, and diesel-powered small vehicles used to move people, equipment, and materials. In terms of golf course applications, Club Car’s vehicles go well beyond transporting golfers and their clubs, extending to utility carts for grounds maintenance and the all-important food and beverage cart.
Club Car’s products span beyond the golf course to include a variety of utility, personal transport and street-legal vehicles. The company’s vast, multi-purpose fleet has impacted a wide variety of industries, including real estate, construction, farming, and mobile merchandising.
“We continue to innovate with an eye toward the future and understand that our customers’ wants and needs are changing,” Club Car President Mark Wagner says.
With a headquarters based just outside Augusta, Georgia, the company also offers parts and accessories, including ladder racks and cab assemblies, LED headlights and reflectors, storage and luxury seats, and more. Club Car offers its products through a worldwide network of more than 600 distributors, dealers, and factory branch locations.
The global golf cart market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 6 percent through 2025, according to a recent market research report. A worldwide market estimated at approximately $3.3 billion in 2016 is projected to grow to almost $5.6 billion in 2025, fueled by private clubs, resorts, real estate, urbanization and industrialization.
For almost six decades, Club Car’s vehicles have been making golf more enjoyable and accessible for a wide range of participants.
Golf cars have altered the landscape of how the majority of golfers navigate the more than 15,000 golf facilities in the United States, with Georgia-based Club Car’s fleet playing a significant role in that evolution.
Recently, Club Car has taken an active (and exclusive) role in promoting connectivity in some of its fleet, including high-definition touchscreen displays and built-in speakers with Bluetooth connectivity as part of a partnership with the Greg Norman Company, Verizon and GPSi. The technology is designed to deliver unprecedented connectivity, content and customization to the golf course through the golf car experience. Club Car is also looking toward the introduction of lithium-powered vehicles through a partnership with LG Chem, the world’s leading automotive lithium-ion battery supplier.