JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - A new piece of equipment over at Blue Lakes Country Club is changing the way golfers experience the game.
At least for the players that are brave enough to try out the GolfBoard.
Joe Shaw is no stranger to the links, but his round on Sunday was different than any other he's played. It was his first time out using a GolfBoard.
"They sounded like fun, so I had to try it at least once," Shaw said.
There's some dispute on how long it takes to master the GolfBoard.
"I wouldn't consider myself nimble, but once you get the hang of it – five or ten minutes – what we usually do is have people come in a little early and let them swing around out here where there's nobody around so they can get the hang of it," said BLCC professional Mike Hamblin.
But as for Shaw...
"It takes a while. Maybe I'm just a slow learner, but it's fun. I think if you have more confidence in it, it really speeds up the game because you can go right to your ball. You aren't sitting with somebody, waiting for them to take you over to your ball. I think it's going to be good for the game."
Pace of play is just one of the benefits of playing with a GolfBoard. They're adding a level of excitement to the game, which is helping attract younger players – something the industry has been trying to do for some time.
According to the National Golf Foundation, only 5 percent of golfers are under the age of 30.
"It brings people to the game that maybe might not play as much. It's something different for the game and it's not just totally old school where you've got the cart. You're on your own, you've got your clubs on there, you can have some fun," Hamblin said.