MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County currently operates a 54-month lease agreement with E-Z-GO for 50 carts at Little Fishing Creek Golf Course.
The cart lease agreement usually turns over every five or six years because of maintenance issues, according to Finance Director Dawn Hudson at Tuesday’s Baldwin County Commissioners meeting.
“The maintenance agreement has already run out on the current carts. Anything that happens to them while we have them now, we are going to have to maintain,” Hudson said.
The new lease term for LFC's carts is set to renew the end of next month.
The proposal is $35 per month extra but still within the public course budget.
Local resident and golfer Harry Keim expressed displeasure with the current carts condition from day one.
“I can tell you the carts that you have now are crap,” Keim said. “When they first brought the current ones, I got in one and I swear I thought the transmission was going to fall apart. I don't know any of them that run very well.”
He suggested renegotiating the agreement with E-Z-GO to provide a better product or going with another dealer.
“Either way, you've got to do something better than you have now,” Keim said. “I think the golfers deserve a decent cart.”
Hudson said golf course manager Kyle Wall indicated the last set of carts were not “up to par.” The lease renewal on the table includes a different model.
“I believe (Wall) is going back to a heavier duty golf cart,” Hudson said. “Hopefully, these are better golf carts which is part of the additional cost.”
Five years is a long time with strenuous use.
“We need to make sure we are getting quality stuff, and they need to be inspected when they come and make sure we are getting what we are paying for or better,” Sammy Hall, District 3, said.