So Many Golf Cart Enclosures!

May 25, 2011

Custom Golf Cart Enclosure for Yamaha Drive

Fits like a glove.

Golf cart enclosures are a popular way to mitigate the effects of cold weather for winter golf cart users. The obvious application is for winter golfers, but these enclosures also find usefulness in other applications like security patrols and simple transportation around small areas like retirement communities or even studio lots.

There are many varieties available: 4-sided enclosures that fit over the roof, 3-sided enclosures that attach to the support frame, and custom pieces designed specifically for one’s model of golf cart. I’ve mentioned these different types of enclosure in order in terms of their cost and design complexity. 4-sided enclosures are typically the simplest enclosures, and thus the least expensive, while custom pieces are typically the most involved, and thus, more costly.

4-sided golf cart enclosures are the most common enclosure one will see. Made of a durable vinyl or polyester, these pieces basically fit like a box over the top of the golf cart, with zippers at each corner and usually one down the middle of each side. These enclosures are very easy to attach. They will fit over like a cap and will typically have adjustable straps with hooks that will do under the frame of the golf cart. The user will tighten these straps until there is no slack. These golf cart enclosures are best for those who use different golf carts, as portability and ease-of-operation are high and they are nearly-universally compatible. Disadvantages of this type of enclosure include what for most users will be a redundant front window, obscuring visibility, and a relatively loose fit that is vulnerable to flapping in windy conditions. The windshield panels of these enclosures can typically be rolled up for improved visibility; however, this will reduce stability as most manufacturers mount their front attachment straps to this section. This will mean that the side flaps will not be attached in the front and will move about a great deal in wind or at speed.

3-sided golf cart enclosures eliminate the problem of the redundant front windshield, as, obviously, they only cover 3 sides of the enclosure: each side and the rear. This is accomplished through increased complexity in attaching the enclosure; it does not go over the roof but will instead feature sleeves that will go around the frame that supports the roof. This increased complexity means that these enclosures take longer to put on, generally about 15 to 20 minutes. While not prohibitively long, this delay, coupled with the method of attachment, means that these enclosures are best suited for those who operate a single cart for the majority of the time. Advantages of this type of golf cart enclosure include excellent visibility, high wind protection and very good stability with little to no flapping. Disadvantages include length of installation, a more complicated attachment system that makes them incompatible with some models, and higher cost.

Custom golf cart enclosures have come down in price quite a bit just in the last year. Manufacturers are making model-specific enclosures that are the equal of any enclosure from the cart maker’s factory, and in some cases, these manufacturers have taken over that role, making OEM parts. Selection is generally limited to the most popular golf carts at semi-custom prices. These models include the market-share leaders the Club Car Precedent and the Yamaha Drive. These enclosures are usually the most expensive of the three major types of golf cart enclosure, landing in the $200 – $300 range. For many this cost is well-worth it, as the enclosures are designed to fit like a glove and eliminate many of the annoyances of the universal-fit covers listed above. The windshield portion will typically be removable or will zip open and won’t affect the stability of the enclosure. Entry zippers will be arranged towards the rear of the passenger compartment so that users can enter the cart without having to negotiate the steering wheel. Doors can be unzipped and rolled to the rear for increased ventilation if the weather changes. Overall, these custom enclosures ensure a more positive operating experience and advantages include superior fitment with negligible flapping, improved access to seating and clubs, and excellent visibility. Disadvantages are limited to cost and inflexibility of fitment. If one has a single cart that is used extensively, a custom golf cart enclosure may be worth the investment.


One Response to “So Many Golf Cart Enclosures!”

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