Biking, some hoteliers have said, is the new golf for young luxury travelers. A few forward-looking resorts courses are combining the two by offering players the opportunity to bike the course with specially designed bikes that also carry golf bags.
Of course, it's not the same as getting on a road bike and pedaling for 20, 30 or more miles a day like serious cyclists do. But it certainly seems like a way to attract more players. With bikes in lieu of, say, walking or taking a golf cart, golfers can get a little more exercise, speed up their game and hopefully enjoy a somewhat novel experience.
At Vail Golf Club, which introduced the bikes this year, Vail Golf Club, director Alice Plain said the bikes combine the love of the game with the great outdoors.
“The low-impact bikes are perfect for golfers who have trouble walking the course but would prefer to not ride a cart,” she said.
And the fun factor, she said, “is priceless.”
The Kierland Golf Club at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., which introduced Segways a few years back to help pick up the pace of play, has also added bikes.
The Golf Bike, which has wide rubber tires and special racks on the back to carry clubs, was officially unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in January.
The company said its first delivery was made in March to the The Vinoy Renaissance Golf Resort in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“If I had been introducing a new driver, the members and staff would not have given me the time of day, but the Golf Bike stopped them in their tracks and created quite a buzz” on the property, inventor Todd May said.