ATG (SepOct09) - Battery Testing

How do I test my batteries and help me understand them better?
WK - Carmel. Ind 


Since the heart and soul of an electric vehicle are the batteries, the first place to start with electric vehicle trouble shooting is always the batteries. Some things we need to know about trouble shooting batteries are as follows.

  1. All lead acid cells are rated at 2.12 volts per cell with the exception of spiked or non lead acid batteries. Knowing that we have a base voltage to work from our next step is to determine how many cells you have. Simply count the number of water fill ports and multiply that times 2.12, and that is the battery pack voltage. So if we have 18 cells in the battery pack, the voltage is 38.16 volts and is termed a 36 volt system. Knowing the exact voltage is import-ant to test procedure. Say if we are at 36 volts, what will that mean to us? At 36 volts the cell voltage is 2 volts and at 2 volts this means the pack is discharged and will need charging before any further testing can be per-formed. This brings up the next test which is specific gravity. Specific gravity is just a measurement of the ratio of sulfuric acid to water. At 2 volts the specific gravity will be around 1.160 specific gravity. A battery is deemed fully charged at 1.280 specific gravity and discharged at 1.160. The 84 rule also supports the 1.160 reading as 2 volts minus .84 equals 1.160 gravity. Again some manufacturers use different gravity readings and we will use 1.280. So to say you have 36 volts, the batteries need charged as the correct full charge reading is 38.16 and in trouble shooting you need to understand that.
  2. When testing a battery for voltage that is at rest (not being used), we call this an open circuit voltage (OCV) test. In a battery pack, testing of individual cell voltage is not feasible. We need to remember at this point that multiple cells make up a battery and most deep cycle lead acid batteries are either 6 volt or 8 volts. This is true for Golf Cars and in most cases any electric vehicle. In a battery pack you normally will have six 6 volt batteries (18 cells) or six 8 volt batteries (24 cells). There are also some that use eight 6 volt batteries (24 cells), as well as other combinations. An OCV test can tell us a lot in terms of battery condition. A good example of this is when you perform an OCV on each individual battery, a problem can be found rather quickly. Let’s say you have OCV readings of 6.36, 6.36, 4.8, 6.3, 6.1, and 6.21 on the individual batteries. What this tells us is battery number 3 is different and it is low and will need to be further tested. Also, battery number 5 is a tad low. What we are seeing are scattered voltages and that tells us there is a definite issue with the battery pack. First we will need to replace number 3 battery and recharge the pack and see if the scattered voltages improve. If improvement is not seen in number 5 battery, further testing will be required. To do this we will need to perform a discharge test.�
  3. A discharge test for a 36 volt pack consists of a constant load of 75 amps applied for a period of 107 minutes. This is the normal discharge rating of a new T105 Trojan Battery. During the discharge process, the battery voltage can be monitored. This is called load volts and once again you are looking for a measurement that is different than the others. Say you read 5.88, 5.80, 3.2, 5.66, 5.70, and 5.67. Notice the number three battery reading is different. A reading of 3.2 is a defective battery that will not perform up to potential. Any system voltage reading below 31.5 volts at 75 amps before 60 minutes has passed is considered a system failure. It is my opinion after 35 years in the battery business that any single weak battery in a battery system will soon fail and a replacement should repair the problem, and thus prevent further damage to the rest of the pack. A general rule of thumb is if the entire pack is more than 2 years old, replace the entire set. Mixing a new battery with a set of old worn out batteries will destroy the new battery in a short period of time.
  4. There are other simple load tests that the automotive industry uses that can tell a quick story. However, it can not sustain a load long enough for a total analysis.  A cadmium test can be used, but I do not recommend this as it is a heavy metal and can be hazardous. One other test can be used to determine the health of a battery pack and this is the charging finish rate. The finish rate is voltage at the end of the charge cycle and is usually around 4 or 5 amps output from the battery charger. Again, we are using a 36 volt system for this test. What you will see is higher on charge voltages than you did on the OCV tests. New batteries tend to have a higher finish rate than older batteries. A good finish rate is usually around the 7.35 volts for each 6 volt battery. However, newer batteries can go as high as 8.25 volts. Let’s say you read 7.35, 7.40, 7.33, 7.34, 6.99, and 7.10.  What this tells us is number 5 and 6 are different and will need further testing or replacement. With two batteries showing a low reading and taking into consideration the age of the pack, I would recommend you replace the set. Two batteries such as this in a newer pack would indicate issues with over discharging or excessive loads on the two batteries such as head lights and accessories. Again, never discharge batteries beyond the 80% level.



In closing remember Batteries are a storage tank of electrical energy, and do not like to set dormant; “they need to be used”. Batteries like to be kept clean and have clean and tight connections.

ATG (MayJun09) - Wire Colors on Precedent (E) Harness


Please explain the wire colors on an electric Precedent 12 pin connector under the dash.

N.B. from New York



I get that question quite a bit. What confuses people is how the wire colors match up to the main headlight harness colors. They Do Not Match! This misconception tends to make things confusing. So to explain the colors and what they do, I have drawn you a pin out for the car half. This half is what connects to the headlight main harness and turn signal head.


However, most Precedent light kits are designed for plug and play. This alleviates the need for even needing to know the wire colors. Club Car Precedent models have a pre-existing dash to rear light harness.


The kit I designed for the Precedent models are #6441 premium electric, #6442 premium gas and economy versions #6195 electric and #6197 gas. I also added a few little extras to the kits such as a plug and play turn signal head (#6439) that has a horn button built in. Next, I added an extra 12 volt wire tap for the convenience of radio connection or other accessories. The next feature I added is a voltage converter plug and converter wiring adaptor (#6448). I also designed an electronic brake timer kit as well (6438). All of this added together makes it the most complete light kit on the market today. I hope this helps you understand the Precedent harness colors better.


Guru MayJun09 6198 timer

#6198 Electric Main Harness (12 Pin Connector) and #6183 Gas Main Harness (9 Pin Connector)

Guru MayJun09 6438 timer

#6438 Timer Kit

Guru MayJun09 6439 timer

#6439 Turn Signal Head

Guru MayJun09 12 pin

NOTE: this is showing the pin connections in-line and does not reflect the actual 12 pin connector.
This is for numbering and color doing information only.

TS (MayJun09) - Battery Maintenance

By: Matt Vallez

The following technically speaking first appeared in the March/April of 2005 Golf Car News Magazine. It has been updated and fact checked again for release in this issue.


The lead acid battery has been the battery of choice in the golf car industry for years. Until other battery technologies become economical enough to put under the seat of a golf car, at a reasonable price, lead acid battery packs will be in golf cars for the foreseeable future. In today’s tight economy, it is necessary to get every last drop of amperage out of a lead acid battery pack, there are products, old and new, that help to utilize every bit of life available in lead acid batteries. Today you will read about some of them. First let us discuss what is the number one, life shorting event and killer of lead acid batteries, sulfation.


Sulfation is the most common cause of lead acid battery failure and here is why. As a battery cycles, crystalline lead sulfate begins to coat the surface of the electrode plates. Crystalline lead sulfate does not conduct electricity and cannot be converted back to its previous state under normal charging conditions. Over time this crystalline coating will start to limit the area on the plates where an electrochemical reaction can take place. As this materializes on all the surfaces of plates within a battery, the battery begins to lose its ability to hold a charge.


As the electrical resistance within a sulfated battery increases, receiving a charge begins to take longer, and less efficient charging produces excess heat. Higher battery temperatures cause longer cooling times and accelerate corrosion.  Over time and repetition the process spirals to the point where mechanical failure can take place as a side effects of the excess sulfation. Barring any mechanical failure of the battery, sulfation will be the ultimate mode of failure for 80% of all lead acid batteries. This is a time proven fact; sulfation shortens the life of most lead acid batteries.


Sulfation is a natural process that occurs in all lead acid batteries, and can be stopped by one of two different ways. The first and oldest method of desulfation, the process which sulfation is stopped and/or reversed, is the pulse method. This method has been around for quite some time. Our government has used pulse desulfation devices on military equipment since WWII. There are numerous competing manufactures of these devices. The claims are that, pulse technology battery desulfation is clean, efficient and will prolong the life of your batteries at least 20%. That’s 20% if used from day one on a new battery; you can double the life of an older battery or battery pack, by simply stopping and, or reversing sulfation.


Pulse desulfation in general is a small electrical device that is attached to the battery or batteries, which delivers a small electrical charge through- out the batteries plates. This charge causes the sulfate crystals to either dissolve or fall off the plates, depending whose literature you believe, and what product you get. These pulse devices have been the most widely used and have the longest track record of any method of desulfation around. They are most commonly used in the material handling industry, where battery replacement is both expensive and time consuming.


They pose two problems; one is the problem of attaching an electrical device to an electrical device. Murphy’s law may come into play and at some point, an electrical event will take place within the device or the battery that will do damage to the pulse device. The other problem for the golf car industry is the price. Some of these devices cost as much wholesale, as two-golf car batteries. That is a lot to pay to increase battery life by 20% or more, and not practical for the golf car industry. In the forklift industry a battery can be as much as $ 5,000, so a $300 pulse desulfater makes a lot more sense. Golf car battery sets, on the other hand can be as low as $366 for 6-volt and not more than $500 for 8-volt, wholesale pricing. A Pulse desulfater will have to come down in price to be a viable product for the golf car industry. Nivel is currently testing just such a device and my have an electric desulfater available in late 2009.


The other method that I have had success with over the past few years is a chemical method, an additive to the batteries electrolyte that actually reverses sulfation. This method of desulfation works faster than the pulse method. A set of mechanically sound batteries that can no longer hold a charge can be ready for action in about a half hour. Just by dissolving the sulfate crystals off the plates, the chemical reaction actually restores the batteries ability to hold a charge. I would not believe it, except I have seen it with my own eyes. The second advantage to this method is cost. The price to restore a set of batteries with a chemical desulfater is $37.50, one time. That is less than the price of one battery. Well worth the price even if it only extends the life by 20%, and well worth it if it doubles the life as it can for an older set.


Chemical desulfaters have been around for a number of years as well. There are different types of chemical desulfaters. Some use cadmium, an extremely dangerous chemical. Others use non-hazardous chemicals that work as a catalysis, when added to the electrolyte. The way things are these days dangerous chemicals are just to great of a liability around the work place and should be avoided at all costs.


All chemical additives have a certain snake oil reputation to over come, and a non-hazardous chemical desulfater is no exception.  Nivel now carries a non-hazardous battery desulfater and demister. Both are in 12oz bottles desulfater is part #14565 and the battery demister, a wonderful product that lessens battery gassing and watering for any voltage of battery is part #6152. These products have been used extensively in the man lift industry, and have demonstrated their value there. I was not convinced until I saw them work myself, and have since have had Roger Kramer, A.K.A The Guru, test these products as well. He also is convinced of the value these have for our industry. I would expect you would be as skeptical as I was and need to see for yourself to believe it works. Give it a try on one of your next projects and I’ll bet that you make it part of your arsenal.

Industry News - May/June 2009


Pre-installed on Trojan Batteries for fast, easy and safe battery watering.

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA. – Trojan Battery Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of deep cycle batteries, introduced today its new patented HydroLink™ Watering System for all 6 volt, 8 volt and 12 volt golf car batteries. 


Trojan’s HydroLink™ system delivers accurate battery watering to help maximize battery life, provides significant time savings with a complete set of batteries filled in less than 30 seconds, protects the value of golf cars by reducing damage from corrosion and improves overall battery watering safety.


Developed in partnership with Flow-Rite Controls™, the leading designer and manufacturer of watering systems, Trojan’s HydroLink™ also provides customers important advantages not offered to the golf car industry today:

•  Pre-installed on your Trojan Batteries – HydroLink™ is available pre-installed on Trojan golf car batteries, removing the guess work on proper installation for customers.  With one simple snap of a single valve from the watering tube into each HydroLink™, the system is ready for use.

  Independent Water Level Indicator – Trojan’s HydroLink™ comes with an independent, non-mechanical water level indicator that is simple to read.  A white indicator means that the battery needs water and a black indicator means that the battery has enough water.  The HydroLink™ indicator will not give a false reading unlike competitive products that utilize mechanical readers.  Mechanical readers experience trapped floats which cause false water readings.

  Snake Tubing – The new durable and flexible snake tubing design easily snaps into the HydroLink™ system reducing installation time.  The snake tubing’s molded connections also decrease the number of connection ports and the possibility of them becoming disconnected.

  Safety – HydroLink™ comes with both internal and external flame arrestors making it the safest watering system available today.  It also eliminates acid and gas exposure while filling the batteries.

  Lowest profile design in the industry – HydroLink™ will easily fit into any existing or new golf car vehicle and its low profile reduces the opportunity for damage to the watering system itself.  It also eliminates interference with other components, such as charger systems.


“With the introduction of HydroLink™, Trojan Battery is addressing a major customer need which is the ability to easily maintain Trojan deep-cycle batteries,” states Rick Godber, President and Chief Executive Officer for Trojan Battery.  “Trojan selected Flow-Rite as our partner because they manufacture the highest quality watering system in the industry, which aligns with Trojan’s premium batteries.  All three major golf car manufacturers install only Trojan batteries into their electric vehicles and we believe their customers will benefit from maximum battery life and major time savings with the Trojan HydroLink™ Watering System.”   


Trojan’s HydroLink™ will be made available to all golf original equipment manufacturers, including Club Car, E-Z-Go and Yamaha, as well as to Trojan’s worldwide Master Distributor network.


“Flow-Rite is excited to be partnering with Trojan Battery.  Leveraging Trojan’s patented MasterVent™ technology with Flow-Rite’s expertise and watering system patents, we have been able to deliver an innovative solution to the golf car market,” states Dan Campau, President of Flow-Rite Controls.   “Watering systems have become highly popular in deep-cycle battery markets due to the fact that it takes less than 30 seconds to fill a set of batteries.   Based on current market acceptance, Flow-Rite predicts that over 80% of the golf market will utilize watering systems in the future.”


HydroLink™ will also be offered into Trojan’s other core markets utilizing golf size batteries, including Floor Machine, Material Handling and Renewable Energy applications. For an online demonstration of Trojan’s HydroLink™ Watering System, visit us at



AUGUSTA, GA. - Tomberlin Automotive Group and Caddyshack™, the exclusive license for auto legend Carroll Shelby, have joined forces for the first national roll out of a road-ready electrical Low Speed Vehicle with a signature Carroll Shelby® branded vehicle package.


The car will be on the Tomberlin E-Merge platform similar to a golf cart and feature industry leading performance with AC drive delivering 81 foot pounds of torque and up to 25 mph. Acceleration will be a stunning zero to 25 in under 4 seconds.  


The GT-500® will offer numerous Shelby® inspired features from the paint with the traditional Shelby® strips, carved Ultra Suede headliner and high back seats with embroidered Shelby® logo and Shelby Cobra® badging include 12-inch deep-dish wheels.


The Shelby® Edition will lead the Tomberlin Signature Series and continue to feature industry leading safety features such as four wheel brakes plus full regenerative motor braking, structural tip over protection, DOT glass windshields and LED lights.


 “It is great to be associated with a brand name with such a remarkable history of performance and quality like Carroll Shelby,” said Mike Tomberlin, chief executive officer of Tomberlin Automotive Group. Tomberlin began accepting orders for the first 100 GT-500 Shelby® models January 19th.


Tomberlin is a full line manufacturer of electrical vehicles and is based in Augusta, Georgia.  More information can be found at Carroll Shelby and Shelby GT-500 are registered trademarks and or intellectual property of Carroll Shelby and Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. and are used under license by Caddyshack™, Rancho Mirage, Calif. Please contact Tim Martin at (888) 900-7434



First NEV Manufacturer to receive contractual approval to provide direct leasing

REEDSBUR, WI. – Columbia ParCar Corp. Announced today that they are the first manufacturer to receive contractual approval to lease Low Speed Vehicles directly to U.S. Government agencies utilizing the Multiple Award Schedules Program of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


Previously, Low Speed Vehicles (LSV’s) were only available for purchase from manufacturers as a part of the GSA program. Now, LSV’s (often referred to as Neighborhood Electric Vehicle or NEV’s) can be leased directly from Columbia. “This is a critical step forward for agencies that until now, were only able to purchase these types of vehicles outright,” according to Scott Breckley, Columbia’s Vice President. “Now, instead of drawing from limited acquisition budgets, agencies can shift operational funds previously spent on leasing fossil-fuel powered vehicles to leasing green, efficient, all-electric powered transportation,” Breckley added.


According to Kellen Chicoine, Columbia’s Director of Engineering; “Electric vehicles are inherently more efficient than gas powered vehicles. They consume less energy, require less maintenance and produce zero tailpipe-emissions. This means that an electric vehicle will yield a lower, total cost of operation that its fossil-fueled counterpart, especially important given the economic challenges all organizations now face.”


The environmentally friendly vehicles manufactured by Columbia are considered plug-in electric drive motor vehicles, which are built to comply with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s classification for Low Speed Vehicles. “These vehicles are perfect for military installations, national parks, federal prisons and other locations where a vehicle has a range of 50 miles or less between charges,” according to Todd Sauey, Columbia’s President. “Not only does the use of our electric vehicles help reduce greenhouse gases, but there is a significant savings in fuel cost as well,” Sauey continued.


The U.S. Army recently reported an annual energy cost savings of $740 for each electric, Low Speed Vehicle that replaces a gasoline-powered car in their fleet. “The benefits that will result from the U.S. Army’s plan to lease 4,000 LSV’s over the next three years alone, are phenomenal. There will be a considerable savings of tax-payers money and our environment will improve dramatically,” explained Sauey.


Columbia has drawn from more than 60 years of electric vehicle manufacturing experience to develop and sell new, plug-in electric drive motor vehicles. “We have always been looked to as a leader in our field. And now that agencies can select the more cost-effective  method of leasing Low Speed Vehicles, we are proud to be at the forefront of providing the U.S. Government with clean, affordable and efficient electric transportation to replace fossil-fueled vehicles,” reported Breckely. For additional information, visit



AUGUSTA, GA.- Just over one year since its launch in November 2007, the E-Z-GO RXV is enjoying tremendous success in the marketplace, with customers around the world enjoying the unparalleled reliability, enhanced golf experience and extraordinary bottom-line value that the vehicle provides.


Many of those customers say they have already recognized noticeable benefits from the RXV, from appreciative comments from happy golfers, to simplified maintenance, to bottom-line savings due to the vehicle’s unprecedented energy efficiency:


“Not only did the RXV meet our member’s expectations, but it exceeded them,” said John Kuzina, Head Golf Professional at the Mountain Course of The Club at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado.


“The new RXV has certainly changed how people look at a golf car,” said John Zimmers, superintendent at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. “They really thought this out. It’s an amenity and a game-changer in how people are going to look at a golf car fleet.” “We’re proud and honored by the success of the RXV in its first year on the market,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, vice president of global sales for E-Z-GO. “We knew the RXV would be a great success due to the unparalleled user experience, reliability and value that it offers, but it’s even more gratifying to hear customers speak of the benefits and advantages that they have enjoyed in their experience with the vehicle. “We expect to hear more and more comments such as these as word about the RXV spreads and more facilities choose to invest in this remarkable new golf car.”


The numerous RXV innovations, features and benefits include: AC drive (electric), dual-braking system (electric), energy transfer bumpers (electric & gas), Kawasaki high-performance 13-hp engine (gas), warranty, improved golfer experience, fresh exterior styling and environmentally friendly operation. For more information about the RXV and the entire line of E-Z-GO vehicles, please visit



AUGUSTA, GA. – Club Car’s new golf car fleet management system is helping the University of Texas Golf Club tell it’s members “no” without ever having to say the word.


Like most courses, the Austin club has some places, including native rough areas with minimal irrigation, where it would rather its players and golf cars not go. The course’s cart paths also have a few sharp turns and steep downhill areas where the club wants to make sure players proceed slowly and with caution. Now, with the help of Club Car’s Guardian SVC system, which operates based on GPS technology, the University of Texas club programs its golf cars to keep players away from environmentally sensitive areas and slow to safe speeds at certain points on the course.


“The system eliminates things people don’t like on a golf course, like marshals telling them what they can’t do and ropes and stakes that take away from the beauty of the course,” says Greg Garner, head golf professional at the private course in Austin. “It’s a much cleaner approach to educating your member.”


Using the golf car industry’s first Local Interconnect Network, which allows the vehicle’s controller and on-board computer to communicate in real time, Guardian makes it easy for course managers to define restricted areas and limit vehicle access and maximize speed anywhere on the course. “I don’t think it could be any simpler,” Garner said.


The private University of Texas Golf Club is the first course to install the Guardian system, which is designed to help golf facilities protect their course and their players while lowering operating costs. The system, which can be accessed from any computer with a Internet connection, is capable of limiting vehicle access, controlling vehicle speed, reviewing the history of where the golf car has been driven and monitoring and diagnosing vehicle performance.


David Yanez, golf course superintendent at The Grand GC in San Diego, California, who saw the product demonstrated during the Golf Industry Show in New Orleans, earlier in the year, was impressed with the system’s round-replay and safety features. “Our mechanics spend a lot of time fixing carts that are damaged on the golf course. The golfer may say, “It was like that when I got it,” but this system gives us recourse to show when and where the damage occurred so we can charge the person responsible,” Yanez said. “We have a lot of fairly step grades and switchbacks. So having the ability to control speed is a great feature from a safety standpoint,” Yanez added. “The first time you avoid a lawsuit because you’ve prevented an accident, you have more than paid for this system.”


Guardian also monitors the golf car’s electrical system to prevent a vehicle from going onto the course with an insufficient charge to complete the round. Diagnostic capabilities help course technicians identify and address potential vehicle faults.


“The system provides an unbelievable amount of information,” Davis says. “And it’s not just fluff – it’s valuable information that would help us manage our fleet more effectively.”


Club Car worked with GPS Industries (GPSI), a Sarasota, Florida –based global media and technology firm, to develop the Guardian software. GPSI will provide assessments installations and training to Club Car customers.


The Guardian system is offered on Club Car’s 2009 Precedent models equipped with the company’s Excel drive system. It also can be installed in the field on existing 2008 Precedent i2 and i2L Excel models. For more information please visit



After a year of testing, solar-powered golf carts are almost ready for the UAE market.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Saving up to 70% energy than regular golf carts and reducing CO2 emissions by 100%.


As the region continues to address environmental concerns with the second World Future Energy Summit recently concluding in Abu Dhabi, Dubai-based Hydroturf, the Middle Eastern distributor for SolarDrive launched the first solar powered golf carts into the market. Ideal for use on golf courses, hotels, resorts, parks and municipalities, the solar powered carts have a state of the art SolarDrive roof made up of crystalline solar cells which charge while they are driving, extending the battery lifetime through continuous charging. Tests were carried out on golf courses in the Emirates where the solar carts were used together with Club Car battery power carts, allowing their performance to be directly compared. In all tests the solar power cart out-performed the battery powered vehicle.


As the cart charges while driving, it proved to be not just more cost effective. With such a favorable outcome, Hydroturf are looking to convert existing fleets and offer solar solutions t all new Club Cars in the UAE in 2009.


“We are incredibly excited about this product and think that it will greatly contribute to helping reduce the carbon footprint of the region. There are thousands of Club Cars in operation in the UAE alone. If we can replace even half of these with the solar powered vehicles we will be reducing carbon emissions on the gasoline products as well as saving up to 70% of energy that the cart would use re-charging,” said Brian Goudie, General Manager, Hydroturf, Club Car & Trojan speaking on how the carts could benefit the region.



DUBUQUE, IA. – Scott Harris just might have the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy for Brett Favre fan.


Harris, who operates Harris Golf Cars in Peosta, Iowa, will auction off the $9,000 custom built golf cart the former Green Bay Packers and New York Jets quarterback used on his 450-acre property in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the last year. Harris, his son Calvin and friend Bob Leytem delivered a new cart to Favre early March.


The cart will be displayed in Harris’ showroom through the end of the month. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Brett Favre Foundation.


“He kept it in very good shape, but that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Harris said. “Everything in his machine shed is in pretty much immaculate condition. You could eat off the floor in there. The whole property is manicured almost like a golf course.”


Harris’ cousin John Schneider serves as the Packers’ personnel analyst to the general manager and set up a meeting between Favre and Harris toward the end of the 2007 NFL season. Favre wanted a custom-built, camouflage golf cart to ride around his property and plans to order a new one every year.


The local groups spent nearly three hours visiting with Favre and renewing the year-old friendship. Favre even threw a few passes to Calvin Harris, providing the thrill of a lifetime for the young fan.


A year ago, when Harris delivered the cart, he wasn’t quite sure if Favre was completely retired from football. But now, the lingering effects of a torn bicep will more than likely keep the future Hall of Famer on the sidelines for good. “He seems really content right now,” Harris said.


Scott Harris (right), his son Calvin and Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre pose for a photo. Scott Harris will auction off Favre’s custom-built $9,000 golf cart for the Brett Favre Foundation at an open house March 27-29.



MIAMI, FL. – Ron Smith of Tomberlin USA, The Villages and Southern Golf Cars in Miami, Florida along with Bev Martin of the Tomberlin Group, helped to celebrate the relocation and Grand Opening of Unique Autosports, formerly in Holbrook, NY, to sunny Miami, Florida.


The event was a huge success drawing a star studded crowd including hip hop artists Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes and DJ Ire, the official DJ for the Miami Heat.  Sports stars Shawne Merriman and Jermaine O’Neal also turned out to show their support.  “It was nice to see the amount of respect that Will received from many of his clients.  You can tell there is a camaraderie that transcends the business relationship forging lifetime friendships,” said Ron Smith of Tomberlin USA.


Ron and Maria Smith, sponsors of the Unique South Launch Party, supplied the famous Margaritaville  Tomberlin E-Merge which can be seen at their Tomberlin USA, The Villages location.  Ron and Maria are currently ranked one of the top 5 Tomberlin Dealers in the nation and show no signs of slowing down.


Tomberlin Automotive Group and The Unique Autosports friendship began two years ago when Will Castro and Tomberlin teamed up to deliver hip hop sensation 50 Cent a “Uniquely” customized Tomberlin E-Merge, which was televised on MTV’s Cribs and an episode of Unique Whips Special Edition.


Tomberlin is a full line supplier of Low Speed Electric Vehicles, Scooters, ATV’s, Go-Karts and more.  For more information visit  To contact Ron and Maria Smith at Tomberlin USA, The Villages visit their website at

CS (MayJun09) - Trade Shows Update

MayJun09 CoverThe following are the press releases from the two Industry Trade Shows this year. The shows had strong attendance, in spite of current economic conditions and the details and reverent stats are all below. Nivel for the first time in many years had booths at both shows with unbelievable support from dealer customers. We were so impressed with the turnout Nivel is planning booths at the shows for 2010, we hope to see you there.



More than 41,000 industry professionals form all 50 U.S. states and 74 countries came to the 56th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 29-31 in Orlando, Florida (Pictured on the cover), to uncover the latest products and trends, write new business, share business best practices and strategize for the year ahead. The results found the industry’s most influential business leaders pleasantly surprises by the resiliency of the golf industry and recharged to navigate a predicted tough economy in 2009.


Refusing to let the recession cast a shadow over the golf industry, the 56th PGA Merchandise Show was only a 4.53% decline in attendance by PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders who came to see the latest products of 1,100 golf manufacturers in 1.1 million gross square feet of interactive exhibit space of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). PGA Merchandise Show days also were jam packed with indoor and outdoor product testing, more than 70 education seminars, special events, and programs at the PGA Equipment Forum and new Fashion Gallery, plus celebrity appearances, networking events and the introduction of several industry growth of the game initiatives.

2009 Stats:

41,000+ attending industry professionals

All 50 U.S. States – Top 5: Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina

74 Countries – Top 5 outside of U.S.: Canada, UK, Japan, Germany, and Korea

1,100 Exhibiting companies

1.1 million gross square feet of interactive exhibit space


Best New Products: Fine Tune – Robo Cup, Earth Care Products – Solar Panel, Frogger – Amphibian Towel


“Our goal was to create an event that would help organize the golf industry as it goes forward in 2009, and judging by the strong traffic on the Show floor, the reports of orders being written, and the business relationships being made, it seems the business of golf is off to a fine start for 2009,” said Ed Several, PGA Shows Group Vice President. “The PGA Merchandise Show this week vertainly underscores the resiliency of the golf industry and speaks to the industry’s commitment to growing the game under all circumstances. New innovative products, fresh approaches to business in this economy and programs such as Get Golf Ready, show that golf is continuing to press forward.”


From the new Fashion Gallery anchoring the apparel section to the Equipment Test Center and Indoor Demo Days, the 2009 PGA Merchandise Show was bustling with business.


“There seems to be a very positive vibe at the Show this year, despite the economy,” noted PGA Professional Keith Bach of Players Golf Academy, Hilton Head Island, S.C. “I’ve been coming to the Show for the past 10 or more years, and this is as good or better than any in recent memory. I was happy to see how crowded the Show was today (Thursday). It just proves that the golf industry is strong. People still want to play golf, and the Orlando Show remains the best place to see everything in golf under one roof.”

“I don’t know if anyone knows exactly what will happen with the economy, but the golf industry will endure,” said Kawaja, who oversaw the addition of the Ashworth band to the adidas family at the ‘09 PGA Show. “I think every industry in America is in for a tough first quarter, but in April when the sun comes out and is shining, the core golfers will return and continue to play the game. There will be an asterisk to this year, but at the end of the day, golf will be OK. Golfers still want to play and they will spend. Those PGA Professionals, golf facilities and golf companies who manage their businesses efficiently during the challenging times will be fine in the long term.”

The PGA Merchandise Show is the world’s largest and most influential golf business gathering and marketplace for the global golf industry.  The 57th PGA Merchandise Show returns to Orlando, Jan. 28-30, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center.  Mark your calendar with thes upcoming dates: PGA Fall Expo, September 1-2, 2009, Las Vegas, PGA Merchandise Show, January 28-30, 2010, Orlando, Florida. For additional 2009 PGA Show event information or to plan for 2010 participation, please visi:



USGA joins as participating partner; format change for 2010


The Golf Industry Show returned to New Orleans February 5-7, 2009, with an exciting display of the latest products and services to the golf and club industries. Feedback from attendees and exhibitors in evaluating the experience has been overwhelmingly positive.


Total attendance was 17,151, including 7,012 qualified buyers – those who can directly influence a purchase decision – and 765 exhibitors covered 257900 square feet of the New Orleans Morial Convention Center’s trade show floor.


“In just five years the Golf Industry Show has taken hold as a must-attend event,” show officials noted. “The feedback we receive continues to be positive. Attendees and exhibitors appreciate the team approach we promote and the enhancements we make to increase the event’s value. We look forward to next year’s show in San Diego, the formal addition of the USGA, and the format change that will be so beneficial to everyone involved in the event.


The Golf Industry Show is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. The event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners, operators, club managers, chief operating officers, architects, and builders to form one of the largest trade shows in North America.


The Golf Industry Show is presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), and Club Managers Association of American (CMA), along with participating partners Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA). American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The three presenting partner organizations also hold their annual conferences in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.


The United States Golf Association (USGA) will join the Golf Industry Show beginning in 2010 as a participating partner.


In addition to the inclusion of the USGA, the Golf Industry Show will feature a different format in 2010. Based on feedback from attendees and exhibitors, the schedule will be modified so that all events (education conferences and trade show) are held on weekdays. Responding to member and exhibitor desires to preserve more of their weekends, the trade show portion of the event will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 10-11), with virtually no competing events. GCSAA and NGCOA education will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.


The Golf Industry Show sent almost 200 volunteers to help New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity build eight houses in the Jefferson Parish and Central City sections of New Orleans. The volunteers worked two full days at the two work sites, doing tasks such as laying sod, installing flashing, leveling dirt, building fences, finishing roofs, and construction stairs, walls and floors for local families. For more information please visit:

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