Club Car - the official golf car and golf utility vehicle of the European Tour, as well as an official sponsor - is celebrating a ten-year association with the Tour.
It may not be obvious to the thousands of spectators and TV viewers who watch European tour tournaments, but there are at least 70 Club Car buggies in constant use at each event, ferrying equipment, officials and, occasionally, players and caddies, to different parts of the course.
They are essential to the creation and smooth running of each tournament, and without them the millions of viewers watching the BMW PGA Championship, this week especially, initially on Sky Sports and over the weekend on BBC television, would not even be able to enjoy live coverage of events in the comfort of their own homes.
Appropriately, Club Car has its world headquarters in Augusta, Georgia, and commenting on the agreement, the company's Kevin Hart said: “We’re delighted to continue our commitment to the European Tour. Through our association, Club Car is provided with a highly visible and prestigious platform to show our products and increase the brand status around the world.”
David Garland, the Tour’s director of operations, added: “We are delighted to have the ongoing support of Club Car since 1999 alongside the reliability of its products. This relationship is paramount to the operational success of each event.”
Tell us on the forum, your experiences riding a buggy to play golf. Though I'm a powered trolley man myself - a combination of old age, laziness and lack of stamina - I do occasionally like to take advantage of riding a buggy. But I don't like to see them in the hands of teenagers and 20-somethings for no other reason but idleness and to pressurise the group in front.
Club Car extends Tour deal