Bubba Watson's crazy jetpack golf cart takes clubs to new heights

Conquer the fairways in James Bond style with a golf cart crossed with a jetpack.

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Pro golfer Bubba Watson has a thing for outrageous golf carts.

Watson and his sunglasses-making sponsor Oakley had a tall order to top 2013's thoroughly nutty hovercraft golf cart. They delivered with the debut of the BW-Air, an unholy combination of a jetpack and a golf cart that thumbs its nose at pesky little things like designated paths, water hazards and sand traps.

The BW-Air is both an advertising stunt and a way to celebrate golf's return to the Olympics. The sport is on the menu for the 2016 summer games in Brazil in August. The Olympics last hosted golf way back in 1904, long before jetpacks were a thing. Watson's ride came about through a collaboration with jetpack manufacturer Martin Aircraft Company, which has a lot of plans for the future.

The golf cart features two large fans and a 210-horsepower engine capable of taking the craft up to 3,000 feet (nearly a kilometer) and propelling it at up to 46 mph (74 km/h). It includes a storage area for a bag of golf clubs.

If you want a jetpack golf cart of your very own, then you might need to win a golf championship or two to afford it. Pricing starts at $200,000 (about £153,000, AU$266,000). Whether your local course will allow you to trade in your wheels for a jetpack is another matter.

(Via Golf Digest)