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April 4, 2013
Bubba’s Got a Brand New Bag!
Champion Golfer Bubba Watson Re-Invents the Golf Cart for the 21st Century
By Nancy Staab
The latest must-have on the links? An intrepid Hovercraft to navigate earth, sandpit, forest and water hazard. See this viral video of Watson riding his new concept cart.
In the spirit of the upcoming Masters Golf Tournament, April 11-14, here’s a bit of golf trivia, courtesy of last year’s winner of the Green Jacket, Bubba Watson. Seems ordinary golf carts are a tad too pedestrian for our Bubba. He’s come up with a re-engineered golf hovercraft to glide with ease (and lightweight/ minimal footprint: hence the name “hovercraft”) over the fairways and the various sand-traps and water-hazards of a typical golf course. At Bubba’s behest the hovercraft engineers at Oakley designed a space-age looking golf cart that mimics Amphibian war vehicles of yore, which transformed from land to water crafts in an instance. (Some of those old army rides have been converted into lucrative land/water Duck Tours in cities like Boston). Today air-cushion hovercrafts are used successfully as rescue vehicles for water and other natural disasters.
Likewise, Bubba’s BW1 prototype glides with the greatest of ease over golf’s treacherous terrains and almost dares you to want to duff that ball so you can make a splash (literally) by taking your fun-ride straight into the water. But with the Master’s Title at stake in Augusta, Georgia, April 11-14 , defending champion Watson can ill afford to flub a shot. It’s doubtful the venerable golf tournament would allow such an outlandish mode of transport on its green, they don’t even allow cell phones on the green! However, it’s only a matter of time before these above-par golf carts go viral—or at least we predict this video will go viral of Bubba having a little too much fun with his hovercraft, blazing past those old duffers in their lame, old-school, electric powered rides.
See the video of Bubba Watson riding his hovercraft golf cart over land and water here: