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Must-Have Accessories for Golf Carts

May 11th 2016

Golf carts first appeared in the 1930s and transported senior citizens to the grocery store. In the 1950s, their use becomes more widespread, and they transported people with disabilities. By the mid-1950s, they gained more acceptance and became popular with golfers.

Golf carts are an easy and relatively inexpensive means of transportation. Some popular uses for the carts are:

  • Hunting
  • Snow Plow
  • Disability Transport
  • Special Event Transport
  • Sporting Events
  • Airport Transport and Security
  • College Campus Transport and Security
  • Commercial Property Maintenance
  • Commercial Gardening
  • Camp Ground Vehicle

Regardless of the reason for using a golf cart, there are certain accessories every cart should have to make it more functional.

Tires

Good tires for a golf cart, just like for your car, provide not only better traction and safety but also can give your golf cart a distinctive look.

Make sure that you choose the right sort of tire for how you use your golf cart too.

Wheels

Make sure you choose the right wheel for your cart. Most reliable sellers have 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, and 14-inch wheels in stock.

If you use your golf cart for hunting or off-roading, ensure that you get the correct lifted tire and wheel combination.

Windshields

A windshield is a necessary accessory to protect the golf cart occupants from the weather elements. Some windshields are cart-specific and must be special ordered, whereas others are portable and removable.

Dash Covers

This brand specific accessory provides a personal accent to the interior of a cart. They are also functional providing locked glove boxes for hiding valuables. Many come with features such as cup-holders. Madjax offers a selection of high-quality dashes.

Rear Seats

Adding a rear seat to your golf cart will instantly double the capacity. There are many kits available that will let you turn a two-seater into a four seater. Available accessories will make your additional seating stylish and safe.

Try a flip seat kit that lets you flip the seat one way for passengers or flip it the other for a flatbed for cargo.

A stationary rear seat will provide a comfortable place for other passengers to sit.

Don't forget to add a storage bin, drink holders and seat belts to make the addition safer and more utilitarian.

Seat Covers

Creative, customized seat covers give golf carts a unique or fresh new look. They protect the seats from weathering while adding comfort for the occupants. Heated seat covers are a befitting accessory to use during colder weather conditions.

Cart Mats

Mats are an easy and inexpensive way to protect the golf cart carpet from grass and mud. Simply remove the mat and shake it clean. Universal mats fit most carts and are readily available, but customized mats take several weeks to be delivered once ordered.

Lights

Lights can be mounted and used early in the morning while hunting or at sunset. They are also useful during inclement weather. Turn signals will help in areas with high pedestrian traffic. When purchasing a light package determine if you want only lights or a full-blown package with brake lights and turn signals. These electrical accessories can consume a lot of battery power, so consider options carefully.

Horns

A golf cart horn is a relevant safety feature to install in a cart. It provides safety for not only the occupants of the cart but also other vehicles and pedestrians. This universal accessory is easy to mount on the dashboard, a column or even the floor of the cart. Horns are available with an array of sounds and tones.

Mirrors

Just about every vehicle needs this vital safety component. Consider the durability of the mirror, especially if you will be driving over rough terrain, or folding mirrors for driving close to trees and other objects. This particular accessory will immediately enhance the look of your cart as well as provide a necessary safety feature.

Misters and Heaters

A mister or a heater is an essential accessory for golf carts that are used in hot or cold climates. A mister is a unit that generates a cool mist of water into the seating area of a golf cart. It uses its own battery, and it is an effective way to fight the heat while riding in a cart.

There are numerous types of heaters available on the market. Smaller heaters use propane whereas larger heaters use the cart’s electrical circuit. Heaters can be mounted on the dashboard or in the cup holder of a cart.

Cart Enclosures

Enclosures are a practical mechanism for protecting cart occupants against the elements. They can be used in conjunction with a mister to provide respite from the scorching heat, as well as keep annoying insects at bay. They provide shelter from the rain and wind, and they trap solar energy in the colder months to keep you warm.

Constructed of either polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or a combination of PVC and nylon this accessory completely covers the cart. It is available in a huge selection of designs and can be customized for whatever activity it is used for such as hunting or a wedding.

Audio System

Choosing a golf cart audio system is a personal decision, and there are many options available on the market. Equipment is specifically designed to work well in a golf cart. Music can be played on several formats such as a CD, iPod, satellite radio and FM radio. Stereo systems do not only provide music but are also an information source for things like inclement weather.

Universal Adapter

In today’s technological world, this particular accessory is a necessity. It can charge multiple appliances such as mobile phones, tablets, and a GPS device. This gadget works on Club Car, Yamaha, and EZGO carts.

Final Thoughts

Customizing a golf cart is a personal decision, and depends on how the cart is used and the budget available. Basic customization may be required for safety, upgrades or even climatizing. Most basic accessories are universal but check with your golf cart manufacturer before purchasing any product.