New Option to Carts or Walking the Course
New this summer, the Vail Golf Club is taking "green transportation" to a new level by introducing the Golf Bike as an alternative to walking or using a cart.Unveiled at the PGA Merchandise show in Florida in January, Vail will be the first course in Colorado to offer the bikes to its customers, which are designed to carry clubs, provide low impact transportation and increase fitness. There will be four bikes available to rent this summer while the course tests the bikes. Rentals will cost $15 for an 18-hole round.
Vail Golf Club Director Alice Plain says, although it's a non-traditional method of playing golf, it combines the love of the game with the great outdoors and will be perfect for both avid cyclists and those who have trouble walking the course. "We're excited to offer the golf bike this summer and provide a 'green,' innovative and engaging means of transportation around the course," said Plain. "The low-impact bikes are perfect for golfers who have trouble walking the course, but would prefer to not ride a cart. It will be a unique experience for golfers of all abilities and the fun-factor will be priceless."
Designed from the ground up by Higher Ground Bicycling Company in Florida, the Golf Bike has a six-gear system, hand breaks, distributes weight evenly, has small-diameter wheels that require less pedaling to accelerate and is a fun, smooth ride. Plain says the bikes will offer similar speeds to a cart, are designed to be functional on varied terrain with minimal impacts on the course and allow golfers to bike to their ball for faster flow during their round. Pace of play for Golf Bike users will not change and will remain at 4:07 for an 18-hole round.
The Vail Golf Club, operated by the Vail Recreation District, is a public course and will open for the season in mid-May, weather and course conditions permitting. Season pass sales will begin Wednesday, April 16 and offer a variety of options including transferable punch passes. Early season rates will be $64 for 18 holes or $42, including cart, through June 26. Leagues, lessons, clinics will take place throughout the summer including Ladies, Lessons and Libations on Thursday evenings, Coors Coaching Hour on Tuesday evenings, Senior Clinics, junior programs and more. Also new this summer, the Vail Golf Club is hosting a women's-only Golf and Yoga Wellness Retreat June 19-22 and the Vail Junior Golf Academy on June 23-26 and Aug. 11-14.
For more information, contact Plain at 970-479-2260, by emailing aplain@vailrec.com or visit  www.vailgolfclub.net.  


 Alice Plain, Vail Golf Club Director 970-479-2260 x 3
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