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California course offers golfers hoverboard-like 'GolfBoards'

By Ben Hooper
California course offers golfers hoverboard-like 'GolfBoards'
A golfer takes a ride on a GolfBoard at Maderas Golf Club in California. Photo by Maderas Golf Club/Facebook

POWAY, Calif., March 31 (UPI) -- A California golf course is offering new thrills to players with the next evolution of the golf cart -- the surfboard-like motorized "GolfBoard."

The Maderas Golf Club in Poway unveiled its new fleet of GolfBoards, single-person vehicles available to rent as alternatives to golf carts or merely walking the course.

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The GolfBoards, which bear similarities to Segways and hoverboards, are designed to emulate the feeling of surfing and have a top speed of 14 mph.

Michael Flickinger, general manager of the course, said officials are hoping the GolfBoards will help draw younger players to the game.

"Maderas is committed to growing the game of golf, and we believe this will bring more young people into golf, particularly in Southern California, because it's a vehicle they're comfortable with, and it makes the game faster and more fun," he said. "We see this as an exciting new way for golfers to experience the game."

The official website for GolfBoards boasts the devices can speed up the game by making it possible to play 36 homes in just five hours.

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Golfboard spokesman Brent Duclos said Maderas is an ideal location to test out the vehicles.

"The undulating fairways coupled with majestic canyon views provide for a perfect GolfBoarding canvas," Duclos said.

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