NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF
Club Car LLC
Mark Wagner – CEO and 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 has been one of the most respected names in the golf car industry for 60 years and has expanded to commercial utility vehicles and personal-use transportation.
Today, the company (a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Plc) 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, as well as 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,” said Mark Wagner, President, Club Car.
With a headquarters based just outside of 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 provides its products through a worldwide network of more than 600 distributors, dealers, and factory branch locations.
Looking to the future, the global golf cart market is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about six percent through 2025, according to a recent market research report.
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 has also introduced lithium-powered vehicles through a partnership with LG Chem, the world’s leading automotive lithium-ion battery supplier. With a charging time that’s two times faster than lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion powered carts save time, increase reliability, and conserve energy to improve the overall performance of a facility’s golf operations.
In addition, the company has developed Tempo Walk, an autonomous caddie that gives golfers a new way to experience the game on their course.
Tempo Walk offers state-of-the-art wireless technology, including GPS yardage and hands-free remote control, to maneuver easily around the course. Constructed with a durable aluminum frame and containing a lithium-ion battery that holds a 36-hole charge, the 95-pound Tempo Walk moves at speeds up to 7 mph, offering a blend of tradition and technology. Golfers who enjoy walking the course have a caddie-like experience, while course operators receive a fresh, functional, and environmentally friendly cart option that generates new revenue streams for their operations.
For more than 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 the ways in which a majority of golfers navigate the more than 16,500 golf courses in the U.S., with Club Car’s fleet playing a significant role in that evolution.