Golf Cart Market Size By Fuel (Gasoline, Electric & Solar Powered), By Application (Golf Course, Commercial Services), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2019 – 2025

Published Date: Jun 2019  |  Report ID: GMI3285  |  Authors: Ankita Bhutani, Preeti Wadhwani

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 200   |   Base Year: 2018

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Golf Cart Market size valued at around USD 1.5 billion in 2018 and is estimated to exhibit over 5.5% CAGR from 2019 to 2025.

U.S. Golf Cart Market, By Application, 2018 & 2025, (USD Million)

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Increasing participation in golf in conjunction with rising number of resorts with golfing facilities will drive the golf cart market growth over the study timeframe. According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), in 2018, there are over 500 golf courses under development across the globe. The golfing countries are increasing the supplies to support the proliferation of the sports. As per R&A in 2018, the golf course supplies witnessed significant growth in around 20% of the golfing countries. Expansion of golfing courses and supporting equipment will support the industry proliferation.

Rising demand for convenient and economical alternative for travelling short distances will support the golf cart market demand over the forecast period. Growing application of the product in hospitality, universities, airport services and tourism industry are further supporting the product demand. For instance, in November 2018, Edge Hill University allocated 14-seater cart to ease navigation in the campus.

Growing industrialization and urbanization in emerging nations will enhance the golf cart market size. The vehicles offer multiple benefits including low noise, low engine emission, easy operation, and manoeuvrability. Availability in multiple seating configurations is driving the vehicle demand. Golf carts are available in various sizes ranging from 2-seater to 14-seater answering to all possible customer segments.


Technological innovations such as the upgraded lithium batteries, and advancement in the engine efficiency will boost the golf cart market share. For instance, in December 2018, Yamaha has introduced QuieTech electric fuel injection (EFI) technology to reduce the noise emission and minimise carbon footprint. The advancements in materials and composites will further reduce the overall weight of golfing cars while increasing the flexibility and durability of the material. This will result in increase in fuel and energy efficiency allowing the vehicles to cover more area in single charge.

Supportive government regulation and guidelines pertaining to operation of low speed electric vehicles will drive the golf cart market revenue. The government regulations are supporting the electrical vehicle use and providing safety regulations & standards for golf carts. For instance, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides minimum requirement of low speed vehicles (LSV) for safe operation.

State authorities are approving LSV operation on the streets. In April 2018, Gulf Breeze, Florida approved the operation of golf carts on streets if the vehicles are having head lamps/stop lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, turn signal lamps, parking brakes, rear-view mirrors, seat belts, windshields, and vehicle identification numbers. Emergence of directives, supporting the usage of vehicles on street will boost the golf cart market growth.

Golf Cart Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2018
Historical Data for: 2014 to 2018 Forecast Period: 2019 to 2025
Pages: 200 Tables, Charts & Figures: 392
Geographies covered (21): U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, UAE, South Africa
Segments covered: Fuel, Application and Region
Companies covered (16): Ingersoll Rand, PLC., Yamaha Golf-Car Company, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd, Columbia Vehicle Group Inc., Garia, GDrive, Speedways Electric, Volmac Engg.Private Limited, Marshell Green Power, Dongguan Excellence Golf & Sightseeing Car Co. Ltd, Tianjin Zhongyi Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd, Autopower, Prevalence Ltd, Xiamen Dalle Electric Car Co. Ltd, Suzhou Eagle Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

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Golf Cart Market, By Fuel

Japan Golf Cart Market, By Fuel, 2018 (USD Million)
Japan Golf Cart Market, By Fuel, 2018 (USD Million)

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Electric and solar powered golf cart market size will experience significant growth over the study timeframe owing to the factors including low maintenance, noiselessness, zero pollution and low operation cost. Rising gasoline prices and ongoing initiatives to reduce the carbon emission are strengthening the segment penetration. Moreover, decreasing electric vehicle battery cost will expand the industry size.

Gasoline segments holds substantial share in the golf cart market with its capability to generate higher power and carry heavy loads. Industry participants are introducing new technologies to enhance vehicle performance. For instance, in January 2019, Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. introduced closed-loop EFI technology that offers improved performance and reduces operational cost. Introduction of vehicles with innovative technologies will drive the industry growth over the study timeframe.

Golf Cart Market, By Application

Golf course will lead the global golf cart market owing to its use to navigate golfers and carry the equipment. According to R&A, there are over 38,850 golf courses across the globe. Rise in golfing nations is driving the product demand. For instance, in 2018, Turkmenistan joined the golfing countries with establishment of Ashgabat Golf Club. Moreover, ongoing construction of playing facilities will drive the segment penetration over the study timeframe.

Commercial services will experience the strong growth in the golf cart market share owing to its demand for airport services, industrial use, and public transport. Airports are equipping with golf carts to transport passenger and security officers in the designated areas. For instance, in September 2017, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India has mandated to provide free golf carts service by airport operators for passengers who are unable to walk.

Golf Cart Market, By Region

Asia Pacific Golf Cart Industry Size, By Country, 2025, (USD Million)
Asia Pacific Golf Cart Industry Size, By Country, 2025, (USD Million)

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North America dominates the golf cart market size over the study time frame owing to presence of large number of golf courses. According to NGF, in January 2019, there were over 16,500 golf courses in the U.S. The country accounts for over 40% golfing facilities. Supporting government regulation for LSV offering low noise and carbon emission will drive the regional growth. The presence of major golf cart manufacturers including Yamaha, Textron, and Club Care are enhancing the business growth.

Asia Pacific golf cart market will showcase the significant growth owing to the increasing adaption for commercial purposes. The hotel and resorts are employing the carts to transfer luggage and visitors. Presence of major manufacturers such as Yamaha is increasing the product availability. Moreover, rising low cost electric vehicles across the region will further drive the industry size.

Competitive Market Share

Major players in the golf cart market includes Yamaha Motor Corporation, Golf Carts Australia, Garia, Textron, Club Car, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd, Speedways Electric, Gdrive, Columbia Vehicles Xiamen Dalle Electric Car Co., Ltd, and Suzhou Eagle Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Industry participants are undergoing mergers & acquisitions and investing in R&D to increase vehicle efficiency. For instance, in 2017, Textron and Jacobsen announced to combine their operations to optimize efficiency and strengthen distribution network.

Industry Background

Shifting consumer trends towards versatile vehicles serving multiple application will drive the golf cart market revenue. Consumers are adopting vehicles for commuting in short distance. NHTSA and AARP are the major regulatory governing the golf cart operations. The regulations pertaining to operability on roads and street varies between countries depending upon the local regulatory framework. Further, government entities are taking initiatives to govern its usage at commercial facilities.

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