Golf carts suddenly in high demand on Ocean Boulevard

Golf carts on Ocean Blvd

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Golf carts have always been a popular ride in Grand Strand areas like Cherry Grove and Surfside Beach. But now, rental companies say they're seeing an increased demand for them within Myrtle Beach city limits.

"Dollar for dollar, it's the best thing you can do," said Ricky Griggs with Moped, Bike, and Surf. "The best way to see Myrtle Beach is in a golf cart."

Griggs has been in the rental business since 2002, but says he hasn't seen a high demand for golf carts until this year. He says part of the reason for the increase in rentals is a change in the types of people vacationing in Myrtle Beach.

A tourism study by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce shows a higher percentage of adults between ages 34 and 55 are visiting the beach, often bringing their families with them.

"You have a golf cart for a few hours, you're living the life," Griggs said. "The kids are having a great time."

But golf carts have to share the road with cars, and unlike areas like Surfside Beach, where golf carts have been popular for years, there is heavy traffic along Ocean Boulevard. But Griggs says so far, they haven't had an issue with golf carts on the streets.

"They're running 20 to 25 miles an hour," he said. "Just fast enough to keep out of trouble."

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