Club Car provides fleet of solar-powered vehicles at the Ryder Cup for the first time in event history
For the first time in Ryder Cup history, most of the event fleet cars were solar powered.
And Club Car, the Georgia-based golf cart and utility vehicle manufacturer, provided the vehicles.
Club Car shipped and assembled a fleet of 550 cars to assist with the staging and support of the event held earlier this year. The biennial event pitting the best American golfers vs. the top Europeans was held in Italy at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, which is located northeast of Rome. The Europeans ran away with a 16 ½-11 ½ victory.
The fleet consisted of six red and six blue team cars, which were driven by European captain Luke Donald, U.S. captain Zach Johnson and their vice-captains. The cars assisted with almost every area of the Ryder Cup from media and broadcasting to security and medical transportation.
“We are excited to support the Ryder Cup in their work to achieve their sustainability goal,” Club Car golf sales director Kevin Hart said in a release. “Using solar power to charge the Club Car fleet is a significant step in fulfilling their commitment.”
The addition of solar-powered vehicles lines up perfectly with Club Car’s values when it comes to manufacturing sustainable vehicles. Club Car’s history with the Ryder Cup dates back to 1997 in Valderrama, Spain when the manufacturer provided the tournament with 200 electric carts. For 26 years, Club Car has collaborated with the Ryder Cup on sustainability and climate action policies. Earlier this year, Club Car was named an official worldwide supplier for the Ryder Cup.
“To be the worldwide supplier of one of the world’s premier sporting events for such a long time is a great honor for Club Car,” Hart said.
Ryder Cup operations director Paul Dunstan said: “The service Club Car gives us is first class. It’s a very complex site – much like a small town – with a large number of grandstands, hospitality facilities and event infrastructure. The best way to navigate the site quickly and efficiently is to use the vehicles Club Car provides.”
Club Car, acquired by Platinum Equity from Ingersoll Rand in 2021, supplies many of the world’s leading golf destinations with its wide range of vehicles and is an official supplier to the DP World Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and St. Andrews Links Trust.