Long gone are the days of hauling your golf bag on your shoulders as you traipse for kilometres over the course, causing untold back and shoulder pain. Here we will look at the best golf push carts that will make your time on the course that much easier.
Best Golf Push Carts
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Things to consider about golf push carts
Before deciding on which is the best golf push cart for you, we break down everything you need to know.
You will want your golf push cart to certainly be lightweight. After all, no one wants to lug around a great, hefty piece of metal everywhere. However, be careful not to go too lightweight as the ultra-light carts will generally be less stable. As a rule, look at push carts between 4.5kg (10lb) and 11kg (25lb). It will give you some lightweight options that will still provide good stability, while the heavier carts in this range will ensure stability but are still lightweight enough not to be a heavy hindrance.
We are looking at storage here two-fold: storing the actual push cart and its ease of assembly; and the storage the push cart offers for your accessories.
One of the most important aspects to consider is how easily the push cart can store itself and whether it’s straightforward to collapse and assemble.
If the push cart is bulky and doesn’t fold into a convenient shape, it’s only going to get in the way and be a nuisance. You therefore want a push cart that can be stored away without taking too much space.
Equally, there’s little use of having a push cart that can be neatly folded away if it requires a degree in Engineering to collapse and assemble each time. Most push carts will have a simple two- or three-step process, while some can even be done automatically with a button.
As for storage on the push cart itself, some come with additional storage nets or pouches, which can be particularly useful to keep your balls, spare tees and pencils – preventing the constant rummaging around in the bag. These added storage options are certainly nice to have, but are essentially just neat little features.
Another key component to the best golf push cart for you is its size. Get one too small and you’ll forever be hunched over pushing the cart for 18 holes. That’s why it’s important to ensure the cart has adjustable height, particularly for the taller than average golfer. That way you can adjust the height so it’s the ideal fit.
Golf Push Cart vs Carry Bag and Buggy
Golf push carts offer the best of both worlds compared to carry bags and buggies. Golf bags, when fully loaded with clubs, accessories, drinks bottles and whatever else, could weigh up to 50lbs ! Carrying all that weight for 18 holes will grow tiresome and undoubtedly affect your game.
However, many players don’t want to sacrifice the walking aspect of golf by using a buggy – plus there’s the added expense. A push cart literally takes the weight off your shoulders while ensuring you get that desired walk. Consider your push cart a caddy on wheels!
Golf push cart – three or four wheel?
Most golf push carts on the market are three-wheel but you will find some four-wheel models. The four-wheel carts have been created to offer added stability, which is important for electric models when the golfer may not be close enough to the cart to stop it from falling. The more typical, three-wheel model is better when taking your push cart over terrain as there is not as much rigid stability when compared to a four-wheel.
It’s also worth considering wheel size, regardless of three- or four-wheel carts. As a general rule, the larger the wheels, the better: they provide added stability when directing the push cart, particularly when covering uneven terrain. Larger wheels also make your cart easier to direct and manoeuvre, which reduces energy spent on trying to control less stable carts.
One final point on the wheels: you might want to think about foam, airless tyres that do not deflate. These will keep maintenance costs low as you will never need to inflate or replace the tyres on your push cart.
Golf cart accessories to look for
They may not define the overall quality of a push cart, but who doesn’t like a few nice accessories to go with their shiny new toy? Holders for umbrellas, scorecards and cups are common design features included on many newer models. Other accessories you might want to consider are things like seats and cooler bags.
A seat can come in handy as a means to rest your legs, while a cooler bag will, as the name says, keep your drinks cool. It’s worth keeping in mind, though, not to get distracted by the gimmicks and add-ons. While they are useful additions, always prioritise weight, stability, how convenient it is to store and ease of assembly.
Leading our list of the best golf push carts is the Clicgear Model 3.5+. Made from scratch-resistant, aluminium tubing, this push cart has been designed to be both lightweight and durable. The Model 3.5+ can be collapsed in a few steps down to 13” x 15” x 24”, making it easy to store and transport.
It is also versatile and has been designed to ensure golf bags of all sizes can be fitted on to the cart using the adjustable arms and straps. This cart also features an adjustable handle, so it can be adjusted to suit your height.
The tyres are airless and heavy-duty, keeping maintenance to a minimum and ensuring the cart can cross different terrains. The brake lever is located on the dashboard of the cart and can be used to keep your cart from rolling off.
The storage net is 80 percent larger than the previous design, offering more space to store any additional accessories. There is also a full console with built-in holders for scorecards, golf balls, tees and pencils, and a flexible cup holder to store drinks.
While all these features and accessories are included as standard, Clicgear also has a host of other accessories – including seats, XL cup holders, steering nobs, cooler bags and sand bottles – that can be purchased as add-ons and attached to the push cart.
As the 10th version of their best product, Bat-Caddy have taken all they’ve learned from past models and put it into the X3R.
Taking the “push” out of “golf push cart”, the Bat-Caddy X3R is a rechargeable-battery-powered cart that allows golfers to have effortless control while operating the cart with a remote control from up to 120 yards away.
The Bat-Caddy X3R can also be controlled using the controls on the handlebars. This rear-wheel direct drive cart can be directed forwards, backwards, left, right and stop, and even boasts cruise control and timed forward advanced functions.
It can reach speeds of 5.4 miles/per hour (8.6km/h), which should keep up with even the briskest of walkers, and will last up to 13 miles; 27 or more holes; or six to eight hours. Made from aluminium and stainless steel, the X3R comes with airless wheels.
Foldable using a quick-release mechanism, the X3R can be collapsed to 32” x 22.5” x 12”. In terms of accessories, holders for scorecards, cups and umbrellas are included, while there are add-on options including a GPS holder, rain cover, and sand dispenser.
If you’re a beginner or not too fussed about spending large sums of money, then the Pinemeadow Courier Cruiser might be what you’re looking for.
Made using aluminium, this golf push cart is extremely lightweight but more durable than many of its budget-friendly competitors. This durability pertains to both its ability to withstand the bumps and knocks of a typical round of golf, as well as its strength to comfortably hold a heavy golf bag, which is held in place with nylon straps.
The anti-skid tyres are also a welcome feature that provide some control to a push cart that does not include a brake.
Stripped of many of the features and gimmicks of its more pricey rivals, one positive side-affect of the Courier Cruiser is the two-step folding design. There is also an adjustable handle (with ball holder) to ensure your push cart is the right height.
It is not devoid of accessories, though, with a waterproof scorecard holder and ball holder included. The front wheel is also removable should you wish to use it as a two-wheel cart.
Why should it only be adults who get to save themselves from shoulder and back pain? There are a range of golf push carts designed specifically for juniors, chief among them Clicgear’s Rovic RV3J.
Available in five colours – blue, black, lime, orange and white – the RV3J is made using the same aluminium and airless tires as Clicgear’s 3.5+, making it extremely lightweight and robust.
It also features a bag-on folding design, so the cart can be folded to 13.5” x 14.5” x 31” while keeping the golf bag attached. Meanwhile, the foot brake is easy to use to keep the cart in place.
Plenty of accessories are also included like a scorecard holder, cup holder, umbrella mount, and ball clip, while there are extra accessory tabs for any add-on accessories you wish to add from Clicgear and Rovic.
We discussed earlier the difference between three- and four-wheel push carts, so now it’s time to take a look at one of the best four-wheelers around: the Bag Boy Quad XL.
As a four-wheel push cart, you know that stability is the aim of the game here. With 9.5in front wheels and 11.5in rear wheels, the Quad XL is built for control.
It is easily collapsible with a two-step system and is folded down to 24″ x 17″ x 16”, making it convenient to store and transport. Made from aluminium frame tubing, the Quad XL is also lightweight, weighing just 16lb, and its adjustable handle bar makes it suitable for golfers of all heights.
It also boasts solid foam tyres and includes a handle mounted parking brake. As well as a storage bag, the Quad XL comes with a scorecard holder, tee and ball marker holder and umbrella holder.
Despite what the naysayers try to claim, golf can be a tiring sport at times, so you might want to consider a golf push cart that includes a seat.
The Caddymatic Golf X-Extreme cart comes with an in-built seat – ideal for taking a quick rest between shots or while waiting for the group ahead.
The X-Extreme is built using high quality metal to ensure a lightweight and strong cart. The folding up process is swift and easy, and the quick release option on the wheels means they can be removed for easier storage. When folded down, the X-Extreme measures 26” x 16” x 34” and weighs a total of 25.5lbs.
The X-Extreme also has a foot brake, while the accessories include a scorecard holder with storage for tees, balls, and pencils, a cup holder and umbrella holder.
By now you should have a complete understanding of push carts, and more importantly the best golf push cart to suit your needs and/or budget. You can’t go wrong with any of the carts we’ve recommended, but if you’re still not sure, we give the edge to the Clicgear Model 3.5+. Sturdy, lightweight, fully adjustable and packed with accessories (as well as the option to add even more Clicgear gear), the Model 3.5+ is our pick of the picks.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.