Come winter, you, like most golfers, are faced with the dismal decision of what to do with your life now that you can’t spend your days out on the green.
You’re also faced with the issue of what to do with your golf cart. More specifically, what do you do with your golf cart for the winter? Though there are a variety of ways to winter your four-wheeled friend, none are better than simply having a dedicated golf cart shed.
Sure, there are other alternatives: like buying a cover, putting it in the garage, or renting a storage unit. Then again, maybe you’re one of the lucky golfers that can keep swinging year round. Even so, having a space set aside for your golf cart and clubs can make all the difference in the world.
What Your Golf Cart Shed Needs
A golf cart shed doesn’t need to be that big. In fact, since golf carts are usually only about 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, your shed can have a very small footprint on your property.
But realistically, you are going to want a few extra feet on each side of your golf cart when it’s pulled into the shed so that you can exit the vehicle and actually get out of the shed once you park it.
Having a strong, easy to clean foundation is also important, as golf carts can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. You’ll also need to be able to drive your golf cart into the shed, which means it needs to be very low to the ground and needs to either have been built with a ramp or a beveled lip, at the very least.
Additionally, you can opt for a lofted storage unit to keep your clubs and all those golfing trophies up and out of the way during the winter season.
Why Golf Cart Sheds Are the Way To Go
Though a golf cart shed might cost you about $2,000 dollars, depending on your specific needs, it tops the competition when it comes to protecting your golf cart from the elements—come winter or summer.
Often, people plan to keep their golf cart in the garage. Though this can seem like a spot-on solution for utilizing your garage space, you’ll quickly find that the golf cart ends up eating up a lot more space than you realized. This is partially due to the fact that the garage was designed to allow for a car to easily move in and out—without a whole lot of extra room to maneuver another vehicle. So, unless you plan on giving up your car’s place in the garage to the golf cart, you’re simply better off with a golf cart shed.
If you’re on a strict budget, a cover (basically a tarp) can be a simple solution for providing a basic level of protection for your golf cart during the winter. However, harsh winters can do some serious damage and a cover will do little more than keep the snow off the seats.
The final alternative solution you might ponder is renting a storage unit for the winter. For one or two seasons, this could be the most economical solution that still ensures the best protection of your golf cart.
However, if you plan on keeping your golf cart for more than a couple of years, you’ll quickly find yourself spending more money on the storage unit than you would if you simply spend the money up front and buy a golf cart shed.
Golf Cart Security
Golf carts can cost up to $10,000, though many people save money by buying used, which costs closer to $2,000. Either way, purchasing a golf cart is a serious investment and one worth protecting—not just from the elements. A golf cart shed with a solid lock will ensure that your cart isn’t taken for “joyrides” or stolen completely.
Even if you’re not worried about needing to protect your golf cart from the winter elements, simply knowing that it’s safe from vandalism and theft makes a golf cart shed a worthwhile investment.
Winterizing Your Golf Cart
Even with a golf cart shed, when winter comes, you need to take proactive steps to ensure your golf cart makes it through the cold weather. The most important thing to take care of is your battery. The charge and discharge rates of flooded lead-acid batteries that are used to power your golf cart is highly dependent on temperature.
If your battery isn’t stored properly, you run the risk of freezing the electrolyte. If the electrolyte freezes, it will expand, which can crack the battery case: causing a leak or complete battery failure.
One mistake many people make when storing their golf carts for the winter is storing the battery discharged. When the battery is discharged, it will have a freezing point of about 20 degrees. However, if you keep the battery charged—and check to ensure it’s charged from time to time throughout the winter—the freezing point is closer to -80 degrees. So, unless you’re storing your batter in the Arctic, it’s probably going to survive the winter just fine, leaving you ready to tee-off first thing next spring.
Final Thoughts: Keep It Safe With a Golf Cart Shed
Though it might seem like overkill at first blush, it doesn’t take long to realize that the advantages of a golf cart shed far outway the minimal investment of building one.
It’s simply far too cumbersome to attempt to keep both your vehicle and golf cart in the garage. And though a golf cart cover will keep the cart out of the way, it only does the bare minimum to protect your golf cart from the weather and does absolutely nothing when it comes to security.
With a golf cart shed, you can ensure the safety of your 18-hole stead, while also protecting it from rain, snow, ice, hail, sunshine, and anything else the weather throws at it. Of course, no matter what you do, make sure you properly winterize your golf cart when it comes time to pack up your clubs for the season.
Interesting in talking about the creation of your own golf cart shed? Contact the experts at Countryside Barns.
August 29, 2018