Club Car is the largest and most popular manufacturer of golf carts in the world and is a leader in the emerging market for low-speed vehicles (LSVs) and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs).
Club Cars are efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly, and now one of the most distinguished golf resorts in the world, St. Andrews Links, calls Club Car its official supplier of golf carts.
About St. Andrews Links
St. Andrews Links was founded more than 600 years ago just north of Edinburgh, Scotland. The land was given to the people of St. Andrews by a decree from King David I in 1123, and the first rounds of golf were played here in the 1400s. Since that time, millions of people have played at St. Andrews, and it has become known as the Home of Golf.
In 1974, St. Andrews Links Trust (SALT) was established to perform management and maintenance duties, and today, more than 230,000 rounds are played on its seven public golf courses: Balgove Course, The Castle Course, Eden Course, Jubilee Course, the New Course, the Old Course and Strathtyrum Course. The Old Course is appropriately named as it is the oldest golf course in the world.
The 300 hectares of land that comprise St. Andrews Links also support three clubhouses, the St. Andrews Links Golf Academy, and five pro shops, including the oldest golf shop in the world: the Tom Morris Shop. The Links hosts five major tournaments every year, including the St. Andrews Links Trophy, and it has hosted the Open Championship a total of 29 times.
Club Car a Fitting Choice
“At the Home of Golf, we pride ourselves on working with the very best suppliers and believe that, in Club Car, we have found the market leaders in golf cars and utility vehicles,” said Danny Campbell, commercial director of SALT. “We have a commitment to delivering memorable experiences for every golfer at the Links and believe this partnership will help us to achieve that objective.”
Club Car was founded in 1962 when Bill Stevens Sr. bought Landreath Machine, one of the world’s first golf-cart manufacturers, and moved the company from Dallas, Texas, to Augusta, Georgia. Club Car now designs some of the most advanced golf carts on the market and operates a worldwide distribution network that includes 600 dealers, distributors, and factory outlets. Club Car is currently owned by Ingersoll Rand; a diversified multinational corporation primarily focused on transportation.
Although Club Car currently offers more than 40 base models of golf carts, utility vehicles, LSVs and NEVs, the Club Cars in the fleet at St. Andrews include Carryall utility vehicles and Precedent golf cars, all of which are outfitted with the state-of-the-art Guardian 2 communications technology.
Guardian 2 is a new communications system that allows players and golf courses to share information through mobile networks. Course technicians can also use the system to control remotely the vehicles’ speeds or bring them to complete stops. Technicians can also monitor the golf carts’ batteries and run diagnostics through Guardian 2.
“Club Car’s historic association with many of the game’s leading organizations, golf destinations and tournaments around the world has allowed us to understand the specific needs of one of golf’s most iconic venues,” said Marco Natale, vice president of Club Car in Europe. “This experience enables Club Car to provide the top-class service and operational support required to ensure this unique relationship with SALT develops into a trusted partnership over the coming years.”