New York -- Hammacher Schlemmer, an online catalog company is offering a hovercraft golf cart that benefits from polyurethane buoyancy aids.
The company says polyurethane foam enables the cart to meet United States Coast Guard standards for reliable hovering over water.
Hammacher Schlemmer says the golf cart
It is powered by a 65-hp twin-cylinder Hirth engine, and its nine-blade axial-flow ducted fan propels the craft up to 45 mph (72 kmh) and 9"(23cm) off the ground allowing immediate crossing of a pond or stream to follow-up a cross-water shot.
The fan's streamlined design minimizes noise, speeds up an 18-hole outing, and conveys four passengers beneath a lift-up roof and two golf bags in an open rear compartment.
Motorcycle-style handlebars steer the craft, controlling its patented fly-by-wire reverse thrust system, which provides braking and backwards hovering up to 25 mph - the only hovercraft in the world to do so.
Its low-profile, aerodynamic design minimizes air drag to maximize stability in crosswinds while its innovative skirt system employs individually handmade segments to provide optimal anti-plow and -scoop performance.