Park Board approves purchase of new golf carts

   Linksters at River Run Golf Course in Sparta may have brand new carts to drive around next season.    
   The Sparta Park Board recommended replacing its entire fleet of golf carts with new models for a total of $90,000.
   The existing fleet is made up of 10-15 year old carts from multiple manufacturers. The park board recommended purchasing 30 brand new Club Cars from Premier Golf and Utility Vehicles, Inc. in De Forest for $4,400 apiece, less a $1,500 trade-in per existing cart for a total of $87,000. An optional windshield costs an extra $100 per cart, which the park board directed City Administrator Mark Sund to try to negotiate for free.
   The life span of a golf cart used by a course is 10-15 years, according to Parks and Recreation Director Brad Gilbertson. Having one make and model to deal with will help with maintenance, he noted.
   The new models have fuel-injected engines and a 360° wraparound bumper, molded scuff guards and other amenities the golf course staff preferred versus the bid from Yamaha Golf & Utility in Burnsville, MN.
   The park board also discussed damage prevention methods, such as holding renters’ drivers’ licenses in exchange for the cart key.
   The replacement cost of the carts will come from the golf course fund.
   “No tax dollars are being used to purchase the golf carts,” said Gilbertson.
   The recommendation moves to the full board for consideration because the purchase is over $50,000.

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