VisitPutinBay.org recommends using PutinBayGolfCarts.com for all your rental needs! Wheels, where you want them —right in downtown Put-in-Bay across from the ferry dock. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts is the island’s largest golf cart rental agency with over 400 golf carts. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts is also Put-in-Bay’s only overnight golf cart rental service that offers the island’s newest rental fleet featuring the Club Car & EZ-GO brand carts.
Golf carts are the island’s preferred method of transportation and are offered in 2, 4, 6.& 8 passenger configurations. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts offer only gas-powered carts that perform at the same speed all day long and do not slow down like electric golf carts. Golf Carts may be rented hourly, daily, or overnight for extended stays.
Important information you need to know about your Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals
VisitPutinBay.org recommends Golf Cart Rentals for getting around the island. With a little over a thousand golf carts for rent and some days over 5000 people, reserving in advance is strongly recommended! Their golf carts are among the newest golf cart rentals on the island and are respected brand names such as EZ-GO and Club Car. Put-in-Bay golf carts are offered in several seating configurations that will seat 2,4,6 & 8 people.
Put-in-Bay golf carts are available to be rented by the hour or daily and are the island’s only overnight golf cart rental service. Golf carts are gasoline-powered and unlike other rental agencies who operate electric carts designed for a few rounds of golf a day, these golf carts run the same speed for days with no recharging inconvenience. Fuel is included in the Golf Cart Rental rates so no need to refuel!
Golf Carts are licensed motor vehicles and all traffic rules and laws apply to a golf cart the same as a car. This includes open container and driving under the influence.
You must possess a driver’s license to operate a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart. Children or unlicensed drivers are NOT permitted to operate the vehicle and are subject to citation and or arrest if seen doing so.
Overloading, or permitting more than the number of people your golf cart is rated for is prohibited. If you are observed with more than the number of people the golf cart is rated for, the driver may be cited and the golf cart confiscated.
Any attempt to tamper with the speed control device on your Put-in-Bay Golf Cart will result in a minimum fine of $50.00. Golf Carts are set to operate at approximately 18 miles per hour for a safe driving experience.
Strollers, luggage, and coolers are permitted on the golf carts as long as they do not interfere with the safe operation and seating of all occupants. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted on golf carts at any time anywhere.
Put-in-Bay, Ohio maps are available when you pick up your Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental. Be sure to pay close attention to return times as closing hours vary by date.
Put-in-Bay Rentals & Other Vehicles
Aside from golf carts, Put-in-Bay Golf Carts also offers several other types of vehicles for rent including Bicycles, Mopeds, Scooters & the new FAT TIRE E-Bikes which can run up to 25 miles on a single charge. All of these can be found at Put-in-Bay Golf Carts’ main location. Put-in-Bay Rentals are a great way to see the island at your own pace.
Nobody really knows for sure the date the first golf cart arrived at Put-in-Bay but circa 1971 Ralph & Joan Zickafoose began the first commercially ran Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals shop on the island. Their fleet consisted of about 18 Yamaha Golf Carts that were all white in color and had no frill such as roofs or lighting.
Located on a dirt lot in the center of Put-in-Bay they rented their carts from 10 AM to 6 PM daily along with a fleet of over 200 Schwinn bicycles. Those who visited Put-in-Bay might remember the old blue lean-to building that occupied the property where today’s Edgewater Hotel sits.
Shortly thereafter, the State Of Ohio Approved licensing of Golf Carts for “Island Use Only” at Put-in-Bay and Kellys Island also located in Lake Erie. At Put-in-Bay, several other companies began to operate including one at each of the Put-in-Bay Ferry docks. Many bought electric golf carts but soon learned that the electric golf cart was impractical for use as a transportation vehicle due to the batteries wearing down quickly.
Chan Stevens was one of the first to offer gas-powered golf carts for rent at his Bay Carts location in downtown Put-in-Bay and his son was the first to offer Moped Rentals at Put-in-Bay.
In 1996 Mark Mathys purchased the property from Ralph & Joan Zickafoose when they retired and relocated to Florida. The following year he began construction of the Edgewater Hotel which would be one of the first modern Put-in-Bay Hotels with private bathrooms on the mains strip of downtown.
Mathys kept the golf cart rental and expanded it to over 300 golf carts. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts was the first golf cart rental to pioneer overnight golf cart rental with modern gas powered golf carts that included seat belts, headlights, taillights, and modern safety features.
Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals Grow In Size
As the number of Put-in-Bay Rentals grew so did the size of golf carts. from 2 passenger carts came the addition of rear seats to many carts to increase seating to 4 people. Soon thereafter stretch carts seating 6 and 8 passengers began to appear at Put-in-Bay and were a perfect fit for families to enjoy. Windshields and even some enclosures became commonplace.
As the popularity of golf cart rentals grew, many Put-in-bay Residents soon were seen driving highly customized versions that featured modern stereo systems, custom paint, lift kits, and fancy wheels. Today’s golf carts are quieter, smoother, and the safest they have ever been and are one of the most popular ways to see the Put-in-Bay Attractions at your own pace. Many communities have adopted Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental procedures and policies to permit operation in other parts of Ohio and the United States.