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Golf Cart and Buggy Market Size, Share, Trends Analysis Report by Fuel (Electric and Gasoline), Application (Transport, Utility, Medical, Food Service, and Safety & Security), End-user (Golf Courses, Hospitality & Travel, Industry & Warehouse, Public & Others), Seating Capacity (1–4 Seater and Above 5 Seater) and Geography (APAC, North America, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021–2026
|MARKET SIZE (REVENUE)||USD 4 BILLION (2026)|
|MARKET SIZE (VOLUME)||686 THOUSAND UNITS|
|Countries Covered||US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, UAE, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia|
|Geographic Analysis||North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa|
The global golf cart and buggy market size is expected to reach 686 thousand units by 2026, growing at a CAGR of 5%. In terms of seating capacities, one-four golf cart seaters are expected to dominate the market across the world, expecting to project an incremental growth of $0.81 billion during the forecast period. The most crucial factor determining the growth of the market is the increasing popularity of golf as a sport across the globe, which has increased the demand for equipment. Moreover, an important driver for the golf cart market has been the consistent growth in golfing events and golf tourism. The sport does attract holidaymakers; the business of golf tourism has led to a revenue-generating opportunity for manufacturers as they make the mobility of people easy. Golf travelers are exploring new destinations for golf holidays and are keen to travel beyond traditional destinations. This, in turn, provides opportunities for vendors to expand beyond borders.
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In terms of volume, electric golf carts are expected to observe the highest growth during the forecast period. Stringency in emission regulations and an increase in sustainability practices are expected to boost the growth of electric equipment. North America is projected to generate an incremental growth of over 41 thousand units during the forecast period. However, the APAC region is likely to emerge as a major market with the growing number of golf courses in China, India, and Japan. Moreover, the shift from gasoline-based vehicles to the eco-friendly source of fuels is one of the major factors influencing the sale of electric devices. Severity in vehicle emissions and the increase in noise and pollution levels from petrol and diesel-powered golf vehicles are likely to decline the market revenue of gasoline variants. However, a high power output and additional speed make gas-powered carts a preferred choice for several end-users. Furthermore, solar and electric-powered alternatives are expected to capture the market share during forecast years.
One-seater segment is witnessing growth due to low maintenance cost and increasing awareness of eco-friendly vehicles. These carts are witnessing demand from ace golfers. With one-seater carts offering similar advantages as traditional buggies, they are expected to observe high application. Two-four-seaters are widely used across the globe in multiple industries from golf courses to industrial locations. One-four-seater golf carts are expected to reach over 549 thousand units by 2026. These vehicles are observing high adoption across the globe. They are designed to offer maximum comfort and safety. These carts are used to ferry a small number of people in wedding events, amusement parks, and in industries and warehouses to move people from parking to industrial space. Also, two-four-seaters are used in government offices, schools, universities to offer easy mobility.
Five & above-seater carts and buggies are experiencing adoption at exhibition sites, community functions, music festivals, and wedding events to ferry people from parking lots to exhibition sites or from hotels to event locations. Rapid infrastructure development in developing regions/countries, increasing deployment of high-tech equipment, and developing large-spaced real estate projects are expected to increase the demand for above five-seaters. The trend is more pronounced in developed economies with customers primarily demanding specific seating capacities and aesthetic features.
The increased user participation in golfing activities and the high government spending to promote sports at grassroots are leading to the rapid expansion of golf courses across the world, thereby increasing the adoption of carts and buggies. Moreover, the rise in investment, coupled with the shift in the participation trend among players plays a vital role in boosting the market for golf carts. Steady growth in new course construction has been witnessed in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
With an increasing alacrity among travelers to spend money and time on golfing holidays, there has been an increase in long trip bookings. Countries such as the UAE, the US, Spain, and Portugal, have remained active in increasing their prices for such holidays. Hence, strong economies, rising global consumer purchasing power, and digital innovations have encouraged growth in the travel and hospitality industry, which indirectly influence the demand for these carts from the hospitality industry.
The increasing adoption of buggies and carts in concerts, corporate events, wedding destinations, and worship events is a major factor responsible for the increased usage. There has been a consistent growth in the concert industry across the world and is witnessing a rapid and continuous increase in demand for live entertainment. Europe is one of the major largest organizers of music festivals, which attract tourists from several countries of Asia and North America. They have witnessed high adoption in amusement parks, which are expected to drive the market. They are helpful in large, spaced amusement parks as they make mobility easy on the premises and improve the visitors’ experience at the park.
Utility carts are experiencing their usage in golf courses, the hospitality industry, warehouses, and public places. These vehicles are used at airports, railway stations, bus stations to carry luggage within the station. Hence, the growth in the aviation industry and the expansion of railway infrastructure to tier II and tier III cities are expected to drive the demand for utility carts to carry luggage between platforms. In the airports, it allows people to move with cargo and people with ease from terminal parking to other areas. These carts and buggies are used for transportation and easy movement of people in large spaces. Golf courses, hospitality and travel, industry and warehouses, public and government places, and public gatherings are observing a high adoption of electric-powered devices.
The US has witnessed a league of committed golfers, comprising approx. 20 million people. A significant rise in the number of junior golfers has also been witnessed in the last few years across the country, coupled with steady increase in active female golfers. These numbers and statistics are indicative of the strong affinity of the people toward golf. The US is the largest market for both carts and buggies. The country is expected to offer significant opportunities for vendors to maximize revenue generation during the forecast period due to the strong affinity of the people in the country toward golf. While the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down several recreational activities, especially indoors, players have flocked to golf courses. According to the National Golf Foundation, the golf rounds played in the US were over 20% higher in August 2020 than August 2019. Hence, increased activities are likely to grow the demand for carts in the region.
Major vendors are focusing on the US, Japan, South Korea, the UK, Canada, and China for future golf carts demands. However, other countries in the APAC region such as Thailand, Australia, and India are expected to hold a key during the forecast period. Textron, Yamaha Golf Car Company, Club Car, and Garia are among the major vendors in the global golf cart market. Vendors are majorly inclined toward adopting acquisition strategies. The market concentration in developed countries such as the US and other Western European countries is high, while the demand in emerging economies such as India is in the nascent stage due to the entry of several foreign brands.
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