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Golf Cart Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022 - 2027)

Golf Cart Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2022 - 2027)

  • February 2022
  • 107 pages
  • ID: 6179123
  • Format: PDF
  • Mordor Intelligence LLP

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The Golf Cart market was valued at USD 1,947.47 million in 2021, and it is expected to reach USD 2,688.92 million by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 5.71% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is felt by all industries around the world. The outbreak disrupted the entire value chain of most major industries. Due to the lockdowns imposed, the golf cart market has also been affected due to the pandemic as most people stayed indoors and followed social distancing norms.

The sales of golf carts have declined in pandemic which has negatively affected several markets but has been driving the market growth. Despite the disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public realization of the recreational benefits of golfing has driven the sales of golf carts. The sales have been soaring from the second half of the year 2020, which is expected to drive the market forward in the forecast period.

During the forecast period, rapid urbanization, rising per capita income, and growth in the international and national tourism industries are expected to boost demand for golf carts. As the golf carts are low-powered, easy-to-drive vehicles and have a wide range of functions, hence prompted urban development in savvy private activities is expected to boost golf cart sales. As the aforementioned industries are witnessing healthy growth, the golf cart market is also anticipated to register a positive growth rate during the forecast period.

Key Market Trends

Increasing Golf Spectators and Golf Courses

Awareness about golf is rising day-bday by day to consumer interest toward recreational activities. By 2020, there were 38,081 golf courses, spread among 206 of the world’s 251 countries indicating an 82% diffusion rate of this sport globally.

To accommodate public interest, the number of golf courses and country clubs is also rising at a notable rate, which, in turn, is anticipated to propel the demand for golf carts globally. For instance,

There are 540 new golf course projects in various stages of planning (344) or active construction (196) worldwide. These developments span across 96 countries and of these emerging golf courses, almost two-thirds are associated with resort developments.

Across the Asia-Pacific region, 45% of golf courses are private clubs, compared to 20% defined as membership-only worldwide. This highlights a functional affinity among golf, tourism, and economic development. An increase in the number of golf courses is also supported by rising in the number of people, who have inclined interest towards golf also likely to push demand for golf carts during the forecast period. For instance,

In 2020, US National Golf Foundation witnessed 24.8 million golfers in the country, representing a rise of nearly 2% compared to 2019, with the largest net record in 17 years. This directly increases demand for golf carts.

In addition, rising population and urbanization, i.e., hi-tech and smart residential and commercial housing projects, rise in utilization of golf carts in hotels, hospitality, tourism, amusement parks, etc., are likely to support the growth of the market studied during the forecast period.

North America May Dominate the Golf Cart Market

North America is anticipated to dominate the golf cart market over the forecast period. The region has the presence of major market participants, such as Yamaha Golf-Car Company, Club Car LLC, Cruise Car Inc., Columbia ParCar Corp., Garia Inc., and Textron Inc. (E-Z-GO).

The United States has a special place for this sport, as it possesses more than 17,000 courses, hosts three of the four men’s major championships, and it has many of the finest players of this sport. These golf courses constituted over 42 % of the golf courses worldwide. The United States witnessed a consistent number of businesses in the golf driving ranges from 2019. For instance, as of 2020, 57,465 golf driving ranges were registered in the United States. This number is expected to reach an all-time high by 2021, creating huge market potential and demand for golf carts across the country.

Additionally, Mexico is turning out to be a fruitful market for golf cart manufacturers for other applications. Several vacation companies in the country offer various services that include tours on electric golf carts. For instance, Sayulita Life.com is a tour service provider that rents out electric golf carts that are regularly maintained and are safe for passenger travel for touring across the town for short or long durations, defined as per customer specifications.

The European region is pushing hard to have significant growth in the coming years, although it witnessed ups and downs in the past. EGCOA and its members, such as the National Golf Course Owners’ Associations, golf federations, and industry suppliers, developed VISION 2020 to inspire their members and the European golf industry to make good, strategic decisions for their facilities or associations.

Competitive Landscape

The golf cart market is fragmented, owing to the presence of several regional players. For instance, major players include Yamaha Golf-Car Company, Club Car LLC, Textron Inc, HDK Electric Vehicles, GuangDong Lvtong New Energy Electric Vehicle Technology Co., LTD, and others. With extremely new applications such as short-distance tourism and electric mobility coming into the picture, these companies have been offering new models that cater to such applications with advanced technologies.

In October 2021, Columbia announced its partnership with Inventus Power, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced battery systems. The partnership aims at incorporating a lithium battery pack option in Columbia Utilitruck products, beginning in 2022.
In Mar 2020, Cruise Car concluded a contract to supply the US Department of Homeland Security with a fleet of 19 custom-fabricated van carts equipped with oversized motors and battery packs that allow 25 mph speeds with the extra torque and extended driving ranges. The vehicles have been built and delivered to DHS distribution facilities in Georgia and New Mexico.

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