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Critical Golf: Unbiased Golf Equipment Reviews

Electric Golf Carts - Overall Ranking

For those looking to avoid carrying or pushing their golf bag and save their energy for their shots, there are a number of electric golf carts on the market. In most cases the carts are good for 18-27 holes on a full battery, with exceptions up to 36 holes, so you’ll need to remember to recharge the battery regularly. Our listing below does not include any 4-wheeled drivable carts or powered carts without remotes, but rather only remote controlled electric powered golf carts or 2-wheeled carts which transport the player as well. With these carts available at an extremely limited number of courses and retail stores, we haven’t had the opportunity to demo any from the list.

How We Test

Intro to Electric Golf Carts

Bag Boy Navigator Elite

Bag Boy Navigator Elite

The top-end electronic golf cart from Bag Boy, the Navigator Elite features a color interactive screen that displays battery charge status, distance traveled, time, service and maintenance sensors. The Navigator Elite has a full directional remote (forward, left, right, reverse, and speed controls), 24 volt battery, padded seat with storage compartment (take a load off!), and a 360 degree swiveling front wheel, with suspension, no less. The Navigator Elite is powered by twin 200 watt motors and folds up to 35″ x 24″ x 14″. Additional features include an adjustable handle to accommodate different player heights, a new lower profile and wider wheels versus the Navigator 2, and holders for sand/seed, refreshments (your call what kind), and an umbrella.
Retail price: $2,295.95
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Bat-Caddy X4R

Bat-Caddy X4R

One of the best values in electronic carts, and one of the top selling on the market, the Bat-Caddy X4R makes large leaps from the Bat-Caddy X3R. The cart has a silver aluminum alloy frame with stainless steel components and two independently powered 200-watt electric motors. The remote can move the X4R forward/reverse and left/right, controlling it up to 120 yards (though 10-20 years is recommended), and features a timed advance function to keep the cart advancing in front of the player. The cart has two rear wheels, one front wheel, plus a retractable rear stabilizer wheel. There are a large number of optional accessories, ranging from seat to sand dispenser.
Bat-Caddy X4R Retail Price: $995
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Bat-Caddy X3R

Bat-Caddy X3R

One of the best values in electronic carts, and one of the top selling on the market, the Bat-Caddy X3R can be controlled up to 120 yards (though 10-20 yards is recommended). The cart has a silver aluminum alloy frame with stainless steel components and a single 200-watt electric motor. The remote can move the X3R forward/reverse and left/right, and features a timed advance function to keep the cart advancing in front of the player. The cart has two rear wheels, one front wheel, plus a retractable rear stabilizer wheel. There are a large number of optional accessories, ranging from seat to sand dispenser.
Bat-Caddy X3R Retail Price: $645
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CartTek GRX-950Li

CartTek GRX-950Li

Based on their best selling GRX-900, CartTek has introduced their first lithium ion battery powered cart, the GRX-950Li. The GRX-950Li offers a significantly lighter battery (just 3 pounds, vs 18 pounds for the GRX-900), more efficient 24 volt electric system to provide longer battery life, a new ergonomic handle and power button, and the option to purchase a padded seat to attach to the frame to let you take a load off during play. The GRX-950Li has a variable speed dial to match your walking pace, and a distance timer to send the cart on ahead of you. The wheels can be set to “freewheel” mode in case of loss of power (or when catching a ride on someone else’s driving cart). The chassis is available in black or silver, weighs 24 pounds, and when folded the CartTek GRX-950Li collapses to 12″ x 29″ x 12″ – which CartTek claims is the smallest and lighted folding electric golf caddy available. The frame and battery carry a 2-year warranty.
Retail price: $849
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CartTek GRX-1200-R

CartTek GRX-1200-R

The GRX-1200-R is CarTek’s best selling remote control golf caddy. Featuring twin 180-watt motors and a 40 Ah battery, the range is longer than the 900R, up to 36 holes, though this will depend on course conditions. The remote will allow for a number of adjustments including speed settings, with a range up to 100 yards. Like to play in the rain (hey, it still beats a day at the office)? No worries…the waterproof housing will protect the electronics. The 1200-R weighs 59 pounds with battery, and can fold to 25 x 32 x 9.5″ (with quick-release wheels to boot).
The cart has a load capacity of up to 65 pounds, and includes the basic holders for scorecard, balls, drink and umbrella, and comes with a one-year warranty.
Retail price: $795
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FTR CaddyTrek CT2000BA

FTR CaddyTrek CT2000BA

The FTR CaddyTrek CT2000BAis an automated electric golf cart from FTR Systems that faithfully follows 2-3 yards behind you as you walk. The fame collapses into a reasonable 23″ x 18″ x 12″, and can support 45 pounds, which will be able to handle all but the most Rodney Dangerfieldesque golf bags. The CaddyTrek weighs 39 pounds with the battery, 33 pounds without, and should last up to 27 holes.
Retail price: $1,495.00
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JuCad Drive SL Travel eX2

JuCad Drive SL Travel eX2

So you’ve won the lottery and have money to burn? You’ve come to the right place. After treating us to a celebratory round of golf at Pebble Beach, you’ll want to check out the lineup of JuCad (pronounce that “you-cad”) powered golf trolleys. If you haven’t already, you’ll be shocked by what you find in these handmade German trolleys. The JuCad family features Titanium, Carbon and Stainless Steel electric cart frames weighing as little as 10.8 pounds. You heard that right: 10.8 pounds for the cart. The battery will add a few more pounds, but still… At first glance these carts are so slim you’ll likely mistake them for non-powered carts. The JuCads are good-looking in design, which is kept minimal in nature due to the storage of the battery in the golf bag as opposed to on the frame. Not a bad thing, just…different. Read more about the JuCad Drive SL Travel eX2.
Retail prices: $$$
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Lectronic Kaddy Dyna-Steer

Lectronic Kaddy Dyna-Steer

This remote control electronic cart has an operating range of up to 150 yards with its included remote, which provides another operating option in addition to the soft touch control panel on the handle. There are five present distance settings, a battery level indicator, and anti-theft function. The Dyna-Steer is powered by dual motors and 12-volt battery. If ever needed, wheels can be made free-wheeling at the push of a hub cap lever. To keep things stable, there is an anti-tip bar to allow the cart to tilt back to a maximum of 15 degrees, and wheels are placed 28 inches apart to provide stability.
But it’s not all about technical details, right? For those concerned about fashion, the Dyna-Steer comes in more color options than any other electronic caddy: yellow, green, silver and a hot pink!
Retail price: $1,595
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Motocaddy S3 Digital

Motocaddy S3 Digital

The S3 Digital offers all of the base features found in the entry-level S1 Digital, including the same dial control with 9 speed settings, 200w motor, ability to lock when folded, ergonomic grip, in an aluminum frame that weighs 19 pounds. The top-of-the-line Motocaddy also can track 3 different distances at any time (total distance traveled, distance for the found and also shot distances – though they can’t be saved as with some GPS devices), and for those of you who simply refuse to leave the office (or Angry Birds) behind, a USB charging port for your GPS device of choice. The S3 Digital’s display also provides time and a battery meter, and an adjustable distance control feature allows to to send the S3 on ahead of you from between 5 to 60 yards.
Motocaddy S3 Digital Retail price: $849
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Stewart Golf X5

Stewart Golf X5

The Stewart X5 Remote is marketed as a “luxury” electric cart, and with the quality, level of design and specifications, it certainly meets this description. Designed from the ground up as a remote controlled cart, the X5 is far different than some of the competition that are based on existing push carts, with battery and/or remote control systems tacked on without a change in cart design.
Stewart Golf X5 Retail Price: $2,495
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