ust like on a well-designed golf hole, where players can take several different strategies from tee to green, there will always be conflicting opinions about the various methods that exist for getting around the course. Mark Stewart, the CEO of Stewart Golf—a British manufacturer of push, remote and follow golf carts—is quick to recognize this. “Golf is a broad church,” he says. “Some golfers will always ride, some carry, some push, and the privileged few will use a caddy.”
That caddy experience—both now and going forward—includes Stewart Golf ’s remote or follow electric carts, which allow players to walk a course without exerting extra effort lugging their clubs around, whether that schlepping takes the form of pulling an old-fashioned golf cart behind them or pushing it in front. The latest Stewart electric model is the Vertx Remote, a cart equipped with patent-pending Active Terrain Control technology, which measures the cart’s speed 1,000 times per second while also reacting to the terrain that it’s traversing. According to Stewart, this makes the Vertx an electric cart that’s “unrivaled in its stability and on-course performance.”
Stewart Golf declares “the VERTX is the ultimate remote machine,” and one that provides golfers with complete control of their trolleys from as far as 100 yards away. The VERTX also features the longest range on the trolley market. Powered by a second-generation SmartPower lithium battery, the remote cart features a charge that’s long enough to operate across as many as 45 holes. Users can even monitor the battery’s usage and capacity in real time through the brand’s smartphone app.
With the forward-thinking technology applied to the VERTX, we believe we have a machine that not only looks fantastic, but performs at a level that sets itself apart from anything else out there.”
“Our development team has worked tirelessly to provide golfers with a distinctive, innovative remote trolley that truly enhances their game and helps us reach our goal to change how the world plays golf,” says Mark Stewart, CEO of Stewart Golf. “With the forward-thinking technology applied to the VERTX, we believe we have a machine that not only looks fantastic, but performs at a level that sets itself apart from anything else out there.”
Stewart Golf also plays in the traditional, manually powered push-cart space. In fact, the company recently unveiled a new version of the R Series, a golf cart that launched with the company in 2014—at the time becoming the only push trolley built in Great Britain. The latest version features a self-adjusting silicone bag cradle that allows any size golf bag to be carried, from small Sunday bags to full-size tour bags. “The addition of the self-adjusting cradle guarantees that literally any kind of golf bag fits comfortably,” says Stewart.
Nevertheless, Stewart believes that its electric trolleys are poised to deliver the greatest impact on social rounds of golf in the future. In particular, the company’s CEO points to a recent study that found that golfers who carry their clubs surprisingly burn about the same number of calories as those who walk the course unencumbered. The difference is the physical state that golfers find themselves in when they walk the course with an electric cart. More specifically, “It keeps heart rates more consistent,” says Stewart, “which means you won’t have a thumping heart as you’re standing over a birdie putt.”