July 30, 2015
GolfBoard - the first and only substantive, surf-inspired,
motorized golf vehicle built specifically for the sport - is now
available at Mauna Kea Resort's award-winning Mauna Kea Golf Course
and Hapuna Golf Course.
The first on the Big Island to offer GolfBoards, the resort's fleet of 24 is the largest of any facility in Hawaii. GolfBoarders will surf the earth as they travel from shot to shot allowing them to fully experience the diverse volcanic terrain of the iconic courses.
"Not only is Mauna Kea a world-class destination, it's an ideal setting for GolfBoarding," says Jeff Dowell, President of GolfBoard. "Having a partner with such a storied heritage is an ideal platform for our brand."
Conceived by Bally Total Fitness Founder Don Wildman and legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, GolfBoarding is an entirely new way to traverse the golf course. The four-wheeled board allows users to turn by simply shifting their body weight in a carving motion akin to snowboarding or surfing.
"We're introducing GolfBoards to appeal to younger players by allowing them to surf the earth," says Josh Silliman, Director of Golf at Mauna Kea. "Additionally, we hope avid players will enjoy a fast, fun and active golf experience."
Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, GolfBoards are ultra-durable and built with a safety-first mantra to provide golfers a more active alternative to riding in a cart.
Early adopters of GolfBoard have seen an increase in rounds played, revenue and an improvement in pace of play. Advanced technology allows GolfBoarders to customize board settings and configurations to their riding preference including adjusting speed settings from 6 to 14 mph via simple, one-touch stability bar switch.
Available since April 2014, in addition to Mauna Kea, GolfBoard is now offered at almost 100 courses in the US, Canada, and Mexico. More than 300 additional private, daily-fee and resort courses are scheduled for product delivery over the next 90 days, and hundreds of individual golfers - including PGA Tour stars and A-List celebrities - have purchased units.