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Can You Take a Golf Cart Off-Road?

When it comes to golf carts, the most common question asked by the golf cart owners is, “can we take the golf cart off-road?” Well, if you have the same doubt in mind and are hunting for the answer to this question, then, fortunately, this article has got you covered because here we will talk about everything related to taking a golf cart off-road.

Today, golf carts are more than just a way to get from one hole to another. These carts can be used for anything from camping and hunting trips to traveling flawlessly across the communities and racing. With the increasing popularity and top-notch versatility, golf carts are becoming the more and more famous way of traveling for the drivers who wish to put their own spin on their ride.

So, if you are finding out some reliable information about golf carts and planning to take it off-road, then make sure to read this article before doing so, as you may encounter multiple risks in between. Read on and get all your doubts cleared relating to taking a golf cart off-road or purchasing an off-road golf cart!

Firstly, we will start with the damages and the risks associated with taking golf carts off-road!

Can golf carts be damaged if you take them off-road?


Most golf cart owners are confused with whether their golf cart will be damaged if they take it off-road. Well, the answer to this question generally depends upon the type of area where you wish to drive. In addition to this, it takes into consideration the following points:

  • Where is the area located?
  • What type of area is it?
  • How fast are you planning to drive?

Taking a golf cart off-road brings a lot of fun driving through the rough terrain and woods, but you must always keep in mind some of the driving tips to avoid the damages that can be caused to your gold cart. If you don’t have an off-road golf cart and take the standard golf cart off-road, then it will certainly damage your golf cart because your golf cart is not upgraded as per the off roading requirements.

Driving a golf cart off-road exposes you to a handful of terrains and ditches that the lower profile of the golf cart would get hung upon. Without necessary upgrades, you can injure yourself or damage your golf cart. So, always make sure to incorporate necessary parts in your golf cart before taking it off-road otherwise, you will end up damaging your cart, and it will further cause you injuries.

Do you have to have a specific golf cart for off-roading?

The straightforward answer to this question is- no, you don’t have to have a specific golf cart for off-roading, but yes, you must modify your standard golf cart before going on an off-roading trip because it will otherwise damage your cart and injure you.

When going on an off-roading trip on a golf cart, you have two options, i.e., you can either purchase an off-road specific golf cart, or you can modify your standard golf cart to make it fit for off-roading.

So, if you have a large chunk of money and are willing to spend a part of it on purchasing a new golf cart, then you can buy an off-road golf cart that will ensure a smooth and flawless journey when taken off-road. Conversely, if you don’t wish to spend much but still want to have an off-road golf cart, then you can easily make necessary modifications in your golf cart that will be pretty affordable and will not break your bank.

If you ask us, we will suggest you build your own golf cart as it is an even more satisfying experience because you built it yourself and saved a large amount of money. It’s pretty easy to upgrade your golf cart for off-roading purposes, and it is best to start with a reliable and well-maintained used golf cart.

How much does it cost to get an off-road golf cart or make necessary upgrades? 


Golf carts are becoming popular day by day in small communities and large private properties, and they are definitely fun to drive off-road. When it comes to the cost of purchasing an off-road golf cart, it highly depends on where you are buying it from.

On average, an off-road golf cart will cost you anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000. If you think that is a little too much to spend on an off-road golf cart, then you can always take the used one that will cost you as low as $2,000 to $3,000, and  honestly, it is a great way to go for when purchasing an off-road golf cart.

Another thing that you can consider is to make necessary upgrades to a used golf cart to make it off-road friendly. Some of the best off-road golf cart modifications involve: lift kits, heavy-duty leaf springs, LED light bars, large tires and wheels, push bars, upgraded seating, winch, upgraded motors, custom mats, etc. The cost of modifying or upgrading a golf cart for an off-road trip may vary depending upon the accessories that you wish to add. J’s Golf Carts offers anything you may need to best customize your cart for off-road use.

What terrains can an off-road golf cart traverse? 


This is the most confusing question when it comes to taking golf carts off-road. Golf carts are generally fun to drive on both dirt and paved roads. Let’s see if we can drive a golf cart through mud and sand.



The off-road golf carts with aggressive tires drive perfectly in sloppy mud, but you may sometimes face issues in the sticky mud. While driving a golf cart through sticky mud, the mud will drag your golf cart down too much. In such a situation, even a highly upgraded golf cart can stop working. In addition to this, water is not a big problem if it is quick crossing, but in case you get stuck in the water and your golf cart is submerged, then it will indeed cause a lot of issues.



Most off-road golf carts can be easily driven through the sand. They can be used on beaches as well. However, some of the basic golf carts don’t have the proper wheel types of driving on sand. This being said, not all off-road golf carts are capable of driving on sand. The reason is that they don’t boast the right tires.

The Bottom Line


Taking a golf cart off-road is not as challenging as it sounds but make sure to have the right kind of golf cart in hand. If you take an ordinary golf cart off-road without adding any upgrades, then it will surely damage your cart and might injure you as well.

J’s Golf Carts is here to help you with all of your off-roading golf carting needs – contact us today with any questions.



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