(Photo by Linda Coan O’Kresik, Bangor Daily News)
The Bangor, Maine City Council is scheduled to consider a request for a new five-year lease to replace 50 carts at Bangor Municipal GC that have had “twice the use” in the past year and a half, according to Head Pro Rob Jarvis, because of single-rider restrictions that were imposed at the same time that rounds surged. Citing increased demand for golf carts that is leading to supply shortages, the course is pushing for the order to be placed now so the cars can be delivered in time for the 2022 season.
Restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic at the same time that it spurred a surge in golf interest has accelerated normal wear and tear on the Bangor (Maine) Municipal Golf Course’s fleet of golf carts, prompting the course to ask the city for replacements, the Bangor Daily News reported.
The golf course last year allowed only one rider per cart under state COVID-19 restrictions to ensure social distancing, instead of letting multiple golfers carpool while out on the green, Rob Jarvis, Bangor Municipal’s Head Professional, told the Daily News.
“That meant that for every two carts that would normally go out, there were four,” Jarvis said.
While Bangor Municipal’s carts are 11 years old, Jarvis added, “They’re not like a normal car. They’ve had twice the use.”
In addition, the course saw more players during the pandemic, in step with how golf courses nationwide saw a surge in interest in the outdoor sport that’s conducive to social distancing, the Daily News noted.
Bangor Municipal has seen player numbers continue to increase this year, Jarvis said. The course has 480 members this year, he said, higher than its total in 2020.
“There’s definitely been an increase in play,” Jarvis said. “It’s even higher than last year.”
The golf course is asking the city of Bangor to replace 50 golf carts from its fleet, the Daily News reported, and at its meeting on July 26th, the city council was scheduled to decide whether to enter into a five-year lease for new golf carts from Five Star Golf Cars, which has a Windham, Maine location. The agreement would run for five years and cost $38,850 per year.
The course wants to have the new carts in place for the 2022 season, and wants to order them now as demand for golf carts has surged following the relaxation of pandemic restrictions, leading to supply shortages, the Daily News reported.