Bubba Watson's Hovercraft Golf Cart Drives Right Over Water Hazards

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April 2 2013 5:18 PM

Bubba Watson's New Golf Cart Is a Hovercraft

From pro golfer, reigning Master's champion, and "General Lee" owner Bubba Watson comes a vision of the future of golf. Good news: It's way more fun than the present.

"Golf carts have looked the same, they've been the same," Watson observes in the video below. "You gotta stay 30 yards from the green, you gotta stay on the cart path when it's raining. But let's have fun. Let's go through the water hazard come off the other side right by the green putt your ball in the hole, then you can drive back across the water hazard. Who doesn't want to do that?"

Who indeed. Watson does foresee one potential downside, should more people begin to adopt the technology. No, not the constant din. It's the inevitability that people "are gonna wanna just drive the hovercraft and not play golf. But, I mean, that's how I got started. Driving a golf cart, and then golf got in the way."

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With a hovercraft instead of a cart, the risk of golf getting in the way of a good time on the links should be greatly reduced.

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Will Oremus is Slate's senior technology writer.

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