Photo Gallery | GolfBoards at Brattleboro Country Club
BRATTLEBORO — GolfBoards are making the green hills of the Brattleboro Country Club reminiscent of blue waves or white ski slopes.
"I've done this twice here," said Cody Thurber, who's on the golf team at Vermont Academy and snowboards at Okemo Mountain Resort. "It's a lot of fun."
The Springfield resident was navigating the Brattleboro course via GolfBoard with his stepfather Matt Russell last Wednesday. The boards were what brought them there.
The GolfBoard is controlled using "an ergonomically designed thumb throttle which allows the user to smoothly accelerate and decelerate, and power the board on and off," according to the country club's website, where over 40 people have logged on to sign waivers to use the board. Only a wall outlet is needed for charging the batteries.
Golf Digest describes the board as "a combination of electronic snowboard and golf cart that allows you to traverse the course by maneuvering the device while standing on it with your clubs right in front of you." The board was named "best club transport" in the "new age category" for this year's editor's choice awards.
Five boards were purchased by the country club last fall and they arrived in October. The idea was to get some buzz around the alternative to golf carts before the summer started.
"We had them outside the pro shop," said Melanie Boese, owner of the country club.
At $5,000 a pop, the boards are more expensive than golf carts. But they are "the wave of the future," said Boese, who was surprised to see interest coming from golfers of all different age groups.
"You'd think the only ones taking them out would be young people," she said.
Middle age women and men in their 70s or older have wanted to give the boards a try, Boese said, hoping the new transportation devices would inspire younger people to pick up golfing. The country club already has 25 members who are between the ages of 12 and 18, but more are always welcome. Special rates are available for those 35 and younger.
One of the company's representatives informed Boese that BCC was the first course in Vermont to offer the boards.
Having five boards will allow the country club to rent the equipment to a foursome and keep one for a staff member to check on the course or to attract curiosity.
"One's always on display," said Eric Sandstrum, Professional Golfers' of America Association golf professional at the Brattleboro Country Club.
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