In November, Indian Wells Golf Resort will become the first golf course in the Coachella Valley to offer GolfBoard.
Indian Wells Director of Sales And Marketing Michael Tebbetts said the arrival of the four GolfBoards will closely coincide with the course re-opening on Nov. 1. The boards will be available starting Nov. 11.
GolfBoard is a battery-powered scooter that allows golfers to traverse the course in a manner similar to surfing, skiing or skating. The experience is called “surfing the Earth.”
GolfBoard launched three years at the West Coast PGA Show in Vegas. It has gained gradual adaption and Tebbetts said success at courses in Arizona and San Diego and a positive response to the boards during a pro-am at Indian Wells last February weighed heavily in the decision to offer the boards for rental.
“We offered it as a hole-in-one prize,” Tebbetts said. “We got a lot of questions about how it worked and overall it generated a lot of interest.”
Advancements in the design of the board and ease of operation also factored into the timing, Tebbetts said.
“The board itself has gotten much better in the last six or seven months,” he said. “It’s a much better experience for the user.”
GolfBoard is currently available at about 200 courses, including more than 20 in California.
Golfers at Indian Wells will have two 18-hole courses on which to enjoy the GolfBoard experience, which, among other things, is credited with an increased pace of play and a greater sense of independence than a cart in that golfers can go straight to their ball.
Tebbetts said GolfBoard fits and complements the luxury resort experience that Indian Wells provides.
“Everything we do is five-star,” he said. “We’re here for our guests to come and relax, and we strive to provide the best service experience and the best golf experience, and GolfBoard fits both of those.”
Tebbetts said Indian Wells will announce the rental rate for GolfBoard when the boards arrive. The course is taking advance reservations for the board. Those interested in booking the boards can call 760.346.4653.
There’s a one-time advance registration to use the boards that requires watching a safety/training video. You can view the video and register here: lw.golfboard.com/liability_waiver/new_rider/364/IndianWellsGolfResort
Even if golfers have registered to use GolfBoard at other courses, such as Maderas Golf Club in San Diego, they’ll be required to re-register at Indian Wells, Tebbetts said.
The board is thought of as a lure to millennials but courses who offer it report it appealing to all demographics. Tebbetts is looking forward to GolfBoard enhancing the golf experience at Indian Wells and attracting new golfers to try GolfBoard.
“We don’t think this is a fad at all,” he said. “You’re seeing more courses adopt it and have success, and we think it’s something that will make people look forward to coming out and playing golf.”
Any questions about GolfBoard at Indian Wells can be directed to Tebbetts at firstname.lastname@example.org.