There are some things that on the surface, just don’t seem to mix, yet somehow do. Peanut butter and chocolate is always the one that amazes me the most, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups continue to be my favorite guilty pleasure snack despite the odd pairing. On the scale of odd pairings though, the Harley Davidson Company and golf would also have to be pretty close to the top.
After all, on the one hand we have a company universally known for creating motorcycles, iconically driven by pot-bellied, bearded, gruff bikers with chains dangling from their jeans and a headband wrapped around their thinning hair. On the other hand we have golf, the gentlemen’s sport, and one which until recently was seen as the pastime of the more educated and refined among us.
Yet in 1963, this strange fusion did indeed occur. Harley Davidson was battling to branch out from its typical roots and attain a new image as it got battered in the press and entertainment industry for supposedly catering to gangs and hoodlums. The stark contrast that golf represented image-wise was exactly what Harley Davidson needed, hence the strange partnership.
A few years later they sold their golf cart operations to AMF, who would later sell them to Columbia Par Car. These companies continued to produce Harley Davidson golf carts until 1995. With the carts no longer being produced, but interest in them still being exceptionally high, there is a thriving community online dealing with the upkeep and maintenance of these golf carts.
The carts came in a variety of styles over the years, from the outlandish which you would typically associate with the brand, to styles very much traditional with golf cart designs of the time in question. Carts came in both gas and electric models.
Tracking down and purchasing one of these classic golf carts is not easy, but it’s certainly possible. If you’re a big enough enthusiast of both golf and Harley Davidson to make the venture worthwhile, it’s definitely worth looking into.
The usual online routes for tracking down rare items apply in this case as well, making auction sites and other classified sites your best friend. These avenues are also worthwhile for tracking down necessary parts which may be needed now or in the future for maintenance.
Another viable option is to deal with a golf cart parts website. These sites not only have broad selections of parts, but also feature robust classified listings of users selling both carts and parts, as well as looking to buy the same. These sites are a more certain way of tracking down something you’d like to buy or sell.
If you’re a golfer who has a soft spot for Harley Davidson, and love puttering around in a golf cart, searching for one of these classic golf carts would be highly recommended. It’s an intriguing reminder of the past, of a time when our perceptions of Harley Davidson, bikers, and golfers, was quite different than it is now.