Not only are golf carts an efficient way to get around the golf course, but they’re also pretty fun to ride, especially over different inclines on the course. Although not every golf cart can effectively climb hills and there may be ways you can make it easier for your cart to climb steeper inclines when you’re trying to whizz round the course for a quick round of golf.
So, can electric golf carts climb hills? Yes, they can, but not all of them can and it’s not dependent on whether you’ve got a gas or electric golf cart either. It tends to be the older models that struggle to climb hills on the course.
If you’re having trouble trying to power your golf cart up hills, then we’ll be giving you all the possible reasons as to why it’s having difficulty and some tips to see if you can fix the problem.
Why Can’t My Golf Cart Climb Hills?
There are a handful of reasons as to why your golf cart may be struggling to climb hills, some of which you may be able to fix yourself but others will require you to take it to the repair shop. If you’re not experienced with fixing or maintaining a golf cart then we’d recommend not attempting to do anything yourself.
Attempting to fix your golf cart yourself could result in you putting yourself in danger and could also lead to the golf cart being destroyed beyond repair, so just leave it to the professionals.
Your Golf Cart Is Too Old
Although vintage golf carts may look swish on the course, they’re not powerful and are often sluggish when trying to climb hills. Older models weren’t built for power so if your usual course has lots of hills, then you may want to invest in a gas golf cart instead as they have more power and they’re also more durable so you’ll find that you’ll have fewer problems and have to perform less maintenance than with an electric model.
Your Cart Doesn’t Have Enough Power
If your golf cart is losing power even though it’s been charging for a long time, then there could be an issue with the battery or the cables. This could be down to corrosion or if any cables are loose.
As golf cart batteries age, they will no longer be able to hold the charge like they used to so won’t be able to generate enough power to drive up inclines. You may want to perform some battery tests on your golf cart to see if it’s generating optimum power when in motion.
The Tires Aren’t Big Enough
If your golf cart has small tires, then it will slow down your golf cart’s speed making it more difficult to get up an incline. Larger tires will be able to drag the cart uphill and will mean that the motor doesn’t have to work as hard to power it up the hill.
Your Motor Needs Resetting
Sometimes electric motors get themselves in a funk and we don’t know why and the only way to fix them is by restarting the motor. Try finding the reset button on the electric motor as this will break the circuit and hopefully solve any minor issues that are causing the golf cart to perform poorly.
There’s Too Much Weight Onboard
Just like a normal vehicle, the heavier load is on board the more it will struggle to go faster or up inclines. You may be filling the golf cart over its recommended capacity, either by putting too many people on there (or people who are too heavy) or trying to pile too much golf equipment on the back of the cart.
If you have a golf cart or one with a motor that’s not very powerful, then you’ll struggle if not find it impossible to climb some hills on the golf cart and you’ll have to take another route around.
Golf carts with more seating and storage room will often have more powerful motors allowing them to still achieve moderate speeds and climb relatively hilly areas of the course without struggling.
What Can I Do To Help My Golf Cart Go Uphill?
Use Bigger Tires
Consider upgrading the tires on your current golf cart to all-terrain tires that are around 20-23” if the model allows it. You’ll notice a considerable difference in how much you have to put your foot down on the pedal to get up those hills compared to what you did before.
Reduce The Load On Board
A simple solution to make it easier to climb hills may be to try to reduce the load on board. Maybe that’s by minimizing the clubs you bring out on the course with you or making your golf buddy walk to the next hole instead of riding on board with you.
This may not be the right solution in some cases as there could be more serious problems with the components of the golf cart, but it’s one you could rule out by trial and error.
Take It To A Mechanic
Understandably not every golfer is also a nifty mechanic, so taking your golf cart to a professional to get checked over is recommended. They can test the battery, troubleshoot any major problems that you could never have found out yourself and also perform some well-needed maintenance.
Replace The Battery
If the battery is not performing properly as a result of age or malfunctioning, then it may be time to replace the battery with a new one. It may sound like a costly job but it’s nothing in comparison to forking out for a brand new golf cart entirely.
If you’re replacing an older golf battery, then make sure you replace it with a 48-volt battery as this is the best balance between power, affordability, and less maintenance. There are 72-volt batteries that you can install now but these cost a fortune and will also cost more for maintenance.