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Golfer Bubba Watson prepares for Olympics with jet pack golf cart

That's one way to get to the green.


AJ Dellinger


Posted on Jul 22, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 10:07 am CDT

Why walk to the next hole when you can arrive there in style?

Professional golfer Bubba Watson has decided to forgo long walks to the green, opting instead to save his legs by riding in his jet pack golf cart.

The BW-Air (“BW” standing for Bubba Watson, of course) was created by the golfer’s sponsor Oakley and marketing firm Thinkmodo, and built by Martin Aircraft

And this thing is no joke. 

The experimental aircraft is capable of achieving speeds of up to 46 miles per hour and reaching heights of up to 3,000 feet. Given that silence on a golf course is essential when a golfer is setting up their shot, the BW-Air utilizes a piston-less rotary engine to keep the noise to a minimum. 

Watson, the fifth-ranked golfer in the world, debuted the airborne golf cart to draw attention to the sport’s return to the Olympics. He’ll be accompanied to the tees in Rio, Brazil on August 5, 2016 by the rest of Team USA: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, and Matt Kuchar. On the women’s side, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, and Gerina Piller will sport the red, white, and blue.

It’s not the first time Watson has taken to the links in an unconventional way. Back in 2013, he glided to the greens in a custom-made hovercraft dubbed the BW1.

Though the BW-Air is clearly a marketing stunt, it’s also very real. Martin Aircraft suggested the vehicle could be used by fire, police, and rescue departments thanks to its ability to take off and land vertically and navigate in close quarters. 

Consumers, too, may be able to get their hands on the craft—though it’ll cost about $200,000. If you have that kind of cash sitting around and you’d like to have people treat you like target practice as you soar over the golf course, you can place a pre-order for your own version of the BW-Air. 

H/T Bubba’s Jetpack/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 22, 2016, 5:24 pm CDT