A whole fleet of new golf carts was recently delivered to The Highlands. The new machines were customized with a Highlands decal and ushered out onto the course. Photo by Larry Caruso

City unveils 110 new golf carts at Riverview Highlands

By DAVE GORGON

Golfers at Riverview Highlands are riding in style thanks to 110 brand new state-of-the-art golf carts that have been unveiled for the new season.

The carts were purchased from Midwest Golf and Turf, a local distributor for Club Car, one of the top providers in the nation.  As part of the deal, the city received trade-in value for 100 of the Highlands’ used fleet of Yamaha carts.

It is the first time in eight years that new golf carts grace the city-owned course.

“The new Club Car golf carts reflect our commitment to making the Riverview Highlands a first-class golf course led by a first-class team,” said Mayor Andrew Swift. “No more bogeys on our part; just birdies.

“I personally like the fact that there is a USB port on board to power your cell phone. That way, you can enjoy some tunes while golfing. I also like the fact that there are rain covers for the golf bags. And most of all, I like the way they look.”

Assistant City Manager Jeff Dobek said the carts are navy blue – “Riverview Highlands blue” – with black seats and black covers and a Riverview Highlands logo to match. He said the carts were financed over five years with a lease-to-own option.

“The upgrade in golf carts goes with the improvements we’re making at the golf course,” Dobek said. “Our eight-year-old golf carts were pretty banged up. We’re trying to grow the image of Riverview Highlands.”

Golf Director Mike Kettler said the new carts have a “nicer feel” and an upgraded steering wheel designed for comfort.

City Manager and Treasurer Douglas Drysdale agreed the new cart fleet would be an asset going forward.

“The purchase of the new golf carts continues our improvements at the Riverview Highland Golf Club,” he said, “Last year, we made significant upgrades in the playability of the courts itself, and we continue to focus on providing our customers with top-level golfing experiences.”

There are three courses at Riverview Highlands: two 18-hole courses, the Gold and Red, plus a nine-hole course, the Blue. The latter was designed by the famous Arthur Hills in the late 1970s, Dobek said. The other two have been open since earlier that decade.

Kettler said play at Riverview Highlands has been up 12 percent over the last year. He said golf is a safe and fun activity to do outside, which is important during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“We opened up this year on March 4,” Kettler said. “We’ve been hustling and bustling ever since. It’s crazy how many people have taken up the game in the last year.”

The cost to golf depends on the playing time. The prime-time rack rate (weekend mornings) for 18 holes and a cart is $44 for non-Riverview residents and $40 for residents. The rate for weekdays before 3 p.m. and weekends after noon is $36 for non-residents and $34 for residents. There is a rate of $11 for golfers who walk and play nine holes starting after 6 p.m.

Kettler, a PGA member who recently celebrated his 23rd anniversary at the golf club, said three dozen leagues play at Riverview Highlands, mostly in the evening. And a second annual Riverview Highlands invitational is set for June 24.

“Almost all of the leagues have grown in numbers, which increases the number of rounds played,” he said.

Kettler said Riverview Highlands is becoming the place to purchase golf clubs and get lessons in the region. There is also a small practice course and driving range.

Ken Moore offers “Grow Your Game” lessons and private coaching both indoors and outdoors and is an expert on custom-fitting clubs. Moore offers Ping, Callaway, Wilson and Tour Edge brand equipment.

“I love the golf course,” said Kettler, who has been the director for the last 5½ years. “It’s always had a place in my heart. I am very happy with the way things are going. The city is investing in the golf course, which leads to an increase in players. The greens and fairways are great. We installed a new pump station 3 years ago. The city is investing in golf and the returns are starting to show.”

Riverview Highlands is located at 15015 Sibley Road. 

To book a tee time or get more information, visit the website www.riverviewhighlands.com or call (734) 479-2266.

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