History

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1958

1958

Before there was Club Car, there was Landreath Machine - a Dallas, Texas based company - that began manufacturing some of the nation’s first golf cars at its plant in Houston, Texas.

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1962

1962

Bill Stevens Sr. buys the company and moves it to Augusta, Georgia, where Club Car begins operations with a handful of employees. He and his son Bill Jr. are seen here preparing for the car to be driven to the 1962 PGA show. Along with Jim Tibbetts, they made the trip to Dunedin, FL in six days.

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1960s

1960s

Golfers and celebrities such as Sam Snead and Jackie Gleason enjoy the comfort, convenience and style of some of the first Club Cars on the market.

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1960s

1960s

A box bed is welded onto the body of a golf car, and voila – the industry’s first golf utility vehicle is created, making course maintenance easier and more efficient.

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1970

1970

Club Car’s new design is dubbed the “Caroche,” French for “elegant carriage.” But some people take to calling it the “car roach” or “cockroach,” and the company wisely drops the name.

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1972

1972

Working with designer Bob Beaumont, Club Car builds 50 prototypes for the first street-legal vehicle, the Vanguard Citi Car. Beaumont then moves production to Sebring, Florida.

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1960s

1960s

Driving around the course gets a little easier when Club Car introduces the first golf car with a steering wheel.

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1980

1980

The new owners bring in designer Dom Saporito and soon introduce a stylish electric golf car called the DS, after the designer’s initials. The DS becomes the hallmark of Club Car’s success.

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1983

1983

Improvements are also made to the power plant, with the introduction of a four-cycle engine that makes less noise than any other gas golf car – while producing more power.

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1978

1978

The “original eight” investors – senior executives and managers from E-Z-Go – secure additional financing from a venture capital firm and purchase Club Car.

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1983

1983

True to its reputation for innovation, Club Car produces the first golf car with rack and pinion steering, providing greater vehicle control and easier handling.

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1983

1983

In a major financial move, an IPO takes Club Car public, and the company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange for the first time.

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1985

1985

Club Car introduces the first of its modern-day utility vehicles, the Carryall II, a hard-working vehicle that gives the company a presence in turf maintenance.

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1990s

1990s

The Turf 2 quickly becomes a favorite of golf course superintendents, who find its ruggedness and dependability invaluable in their dawn-to-dusk workdays.

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1990s

1990s

Business opportunities abound as Club Car introduces Café Express, a mobile refreshment center that can go wherever customers are.

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1992

1992

Another Club Car innovation: Armorflex®, an advanced polymer body that maintains better color, and has lower maintenance costs and higher resale value.

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1992

1992

Efficiency is greatly improved with the introduction of Club Car’s FE290 engine, the industry's first overhead valve engine.

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1994

1994

Gasoline engines get a run for the money from the new Powerdrive System 48, a clean, efficient power plant for Club Car vehicles.

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1995

1995

Club Car’s financial success draws attention: the company is purchased by Clark Equipment Co., which is in turn acquired by Ingersoll Rand, a global innovations and solutions provider.

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1995

1995

Club Car responds to customer needs by founding Custom Solutions, a division dedicated to meeting the demand for customized commercial vehicles. 

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2001

2001

On March 9, the one millionth vehicle rolls off the production line at Club Car – a DS golf car carrying Randy Strozier, the last of the “original eight” investors from 1978 still on the job.

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2004

2004

Club Car expands beyond the golf industry with the Carryall 295, the company’s first four-wheel drive utility vehicle, with the industry’s first on-demand four-wheel drive system.

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2008

2008

Club Car’s highly regarded electric platform is enhanced with the introduction of the Excel Drive System, which provides greater efficiency, reliability and control capabilities.

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2004

2004

On January 1, after nearly five years of research and development, Club Car introduces Precedent, a golf car that immediately sets a new standard for performance, styling and comfort. 

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2009

2009

Low-Speed Vehicles come to the consumer market with the introduction of the Villager 2+2 LSV, a popular option for short commutes, shopping, transportation and deliveries.

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2010

2010

The industry’s first mobile information system, Visage, is introduced and enables course managers to address revenue and expense needs while enhancing customer satisfaction. 

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2010

2010

Almost 50 years after the company is founded, Club Car builds its two millionth vehicle – a Villager LSV, a street-legal, zero-emission vehicle that ships on Earth Day 2010.

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2013

2013

A mining company in Saskatchewan switches from full-size SUVs to Club Car’s XRT1550 four-passenger diesel utility vehicles, customized to handle one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

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2013

2013

Club Car’s new Precedent 4Fun carries four golfers – and their bags – making the game more enjoyable for families, couples, women, juniors and seniors.

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2014

2014

A legend is reborn with the redesigned Carryall family of vehicles, offering improved charging and electrical systems, better engines, more ground clearance and increased ergonomics.

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2014

2014

Be connected like never before with the new Precedent i3 golf car, engineered to give you total control over your fleet's operation and maintenance.