Trophy Club is Golf Cart Friendly!

Posted by April Reiling on Apr 26, 2013
Tags: Community, Town News, Recreation, Business, TCPD, Public Safety | Comments (15)

On Monday, April 22, 2013 the Town Council passed a Golf Cart Ordinance, which will go into effect June 1, 2013. The new ordinance will work in conjunction with Texas Transportation Code to regulate golf cart use on Trophy Club streets. 

Please visit the Golf Cart webpage for full details.

Council made several amendments to the draft ordinance and below are the main highlights:

  1. A golf cart permit is required and the driver is required to comply with all laws applicable to carts and other motor vehicles as outlined in the Texas Transportation Code.
  2. The permit is valid for two years and the following fees are applicable:
         a.  Initial inspection by Police Department - $25.00 (includes Permit/Sticker)
         b.  Re-inspection by Police Department (if a Motorized Cart fails the initial inspection) - $10.00
         c.  Bi-annual renewal of the Permit - $25.00.
         d.  Replacement Sticker - $10.00
  3. Residents have the option to purchase two different types of permits: a daytime permit (allowed to drive golf cart 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset) and a 24-hour permit. 
  4. In order for a golf cart to receive a permit, an inspection must be completed by the Trophy Club Police Department.
  5. At time of inspection, the applicant must provide proof of liability insurance that meets minimum state requirements.
  6. Permit may be revoked if a permit holder or driver is convicted of three violations within 18 months.
  7. The following uses of a golf cart are exempt from requiring a permit or other regulations within the ordinance:
         a. Golf Course – golf carts are allowed for use on the golf course or to cross a roadway from one section of the golf course to another section of the same course.
         b. Gated or Private Planned Community – The ordinance does not apply to golf cart drivers utilizing the cart in a gated or private neighborhood.
         c. Official Town Business – golf carts are allowed for official Town of Trophy Club business.
         d. Transportation to/from Golf Course (Daytime only) – golf carts are allowed on a public street if the golf cart complies with all requirements of the Texas Transportation Code, is operated during the daytime only and cannot be driven more than two (2) miles from the location where the golf cart is usually parked and is used for transportation to or from the golf course only.
         e. Parade, Festival or Special Event – golf carts are allowed for use in a parade, festival or other town sponsored special event.
  8. A golf cart driver must be at least 16-years-old and hold a valid Texas driver’s license.
  9. The number of occupants in a Motorized Cart shall be limited to the number of persons for whom seating capacity is provided on the vehicle. The operator and all occupants shall be seated upon the seat of the vehicle and no part of the body of the operator or occupant shall extend outside the perimeter of the vehicle while the vehicle is being operated except while signaling turns or stops. A Driver shall not permit any occupant of a Cart to ride in the lap of any occupant or stand on the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.
  10. Carts are not allowed on any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, jogging path, park trail or any location used for pedestrian traffic.
  11. If a vehicle attempts to pass a golf cart, the golf cart driver can utilize the calming lanes on Trophy Club Drive, Indian Creek and Trophy Wood Drive to move over while being passed.
  12. Golf carts must park in the same manner as motor vehicles or in designated cart parking locations.

On April 8, the Town Council hosted a Golf Cart Town Hall meeting to receive citizen input regarding making Trophy Club a golf cart friendly community. Council also collected resident feedback via email for those who could not attend the Town Hall. Approximately 40 residents attended the Golf Cart Town Hall and about 40 residents emailed their thoughts regarding making Trophy Club a golf cart friendly community. Of those who attended the Town Hall, the majority indicated by a hand vote that they were FOR making Trophy Club a golf cart friendly community. 

Comments (15)

  1. Ben Boren:
    Apr 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I like the idea. Just a few questions.

    I do not see a speed limit posted for the golf carts. Will it be the same as for an automobile?

    If the golf carts are to be inspected as legal vehicles on the roads; are seat belts required?

    I suggest that children under sixteen not be allowed to ride on rear facing bench seats. As shown in your accompanying photo, they are not easily seen by the golf cart driver, nor protected by an enclosed automobile frame.I think it might be prudent to require children riders to be in a front facing seat.

    Sincerely, Ben Boren

  2. April:
    Apr 30, 2013 at 04:46 PM

    @Ben - Great questions and thank you for being the first Comment on TC Exchange!

    A golf cart cannot operate at a speed greater than 20 miles per hour on Trophy Club streets. Here is the ordinance language: Motorized Cart or Cart means those electric or gasoline powered carts, commonly referred to as golf carts, but which must have a minimum of four (4) wheels and which have an attainable top speed of less than twenty (20) miles per hour on a paved level surface. Specifically excluded from this definition are those motorized conveyances commonly referred to as Low Speed Vehicles (LSV’s), Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV’s), ATVs, four-wheelers, mules, gators, and go-carts.

    Seatbelts are not required.

    Thank you for the suggestion regarding children riding on rear-facing bench seats. I will save your suggestion and forward your note along for consideration.

    - April Reiling, PIO

  3. Fred Hubbard:
    May 01, 2013 at 09:37 AM

    What a totally stupid idea for a handful of privileged citizens to the detriment of most of us. We have already made Indian Creek and TC Drive a mess with the parking lanes and now we can have golf carts to compete with the bicycles in blocking traffic. Who in the world is responsible for this snafu?????

  4. Jason Bratton:
    May 03, 2013 at 01:29 PM

    Personally I am very excited about this ordinance passing! I have a couple qustions:
    - How do we schedule an inspection or do we need to?

    - When will they be ready for inspections to start?

  5. April:
    May 03, 2013 at 04:57 PM

    @ Jason - The Trophy Club Police Department anticipates holding a golf cart inspection event on May 25 (we will keep you posted regarding the time. After the initial registration event, registrations will be conducted Monday through Friday by appointment only --- 682-831-4650.

  6. Rick Frederick:
    May 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM

    I like seeing the law changed but I don't understand the logic is allowing golf carts on the street and not other vehicles, like UTVs, (Rhinos, Gators, Mules and RZRS). They have heavier frames and seat belts.
    Sure they will go faster than most golf carts but a speed limit is a speed limit.

  7. Robert:
    May 07, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    April: what will be the policy for parking carts? Must be kept in garage or in drive OK? And is this an HOA or TC decision?

  8. April:
    May 07, 2013 at 05:36 PM

    @ Robert - Golf cart drivers in town must comply with the same rules as motor vehicles regarding parking. The ordinance states:

    "Parking: A Driver of a Motorized Cart may park a Cart only in the same manner and at the same places designated for the parking of motor vehicles. The stopping, standing or parking of Motorized Carts in an area where parking is not allowed or in any place or manner that impedes the flow of traffic, pedestrian walkways or a passageway is prohibited. A Driver shall not park a Motorized Cart within a space designated for disabled persons unless a current disabled parking placard is displayed on the Cart and the person to whom the placard was issued is operating or being transported in the Motorized Cart. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a property owner may designate an area outside of a Parking Area specifically for the use of Motorized Carts, provided that the area is marked with appropriate signage and that the parking of a Cart in that area does not obstruct a fire lane, ingress or egress to a building, and does not interfere with the flow of vehicular traffic in a Parking Area."

    Allowing golf carts for general use on Trophy Club streets was a decision made by the Town Council.

  9. Lane:
    May 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM

    Glad to see this passed! Excited to not have to load up the car to ride around in town! good job council!!

  10. Lane:
    May 10, 2013 at 04:48 PM

    One question - Is a 5 bar rear view mirror ok, or do you have to have side mirrors?

  11. MVM:
    May 13, 2013 at 09:03 PM

    Very excited for this to take effect. I think it will add to the unique nature of Trophy Club.

  12. April:
    May 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    @ Lane

    I forwarded your question regarding the 5 bar rear view mirror to the Chief of Police and here is his response: The ordinance says driver side external and either a passenger side external or an internal mirror so, yes at least one external mirror is required.

    Please let us know if you still have any questions - thank you!

  13. Erika L:
    May 15, 2013 at 08:57 PM

    VERY VERY VERY excited for all this to happe!!!! What great memories my children will be making!!! I do suggest letting carts use the side lane as travel to keep from holding other cars up. June 1st can't come fast enough. Will be there May 25th, keep us posted on the details.

  14. Cameron Mcnary:
    May 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Thank you for listening and acting on allowing the carts to TC! Our town council is awesome. Going to our parks and recreational activities are going to be more frequent for my family now. Thank you for hearing our voice as a community and look forward to seeing the golf cart community grow in TC!

  15. Paul Britzky:
    Jun 08, 2013 at 08:22 AM

    This is so progressive! Will the mayor be riding in one and changing her meeting/conferencing schedule to a "Ride with Mayor" program?

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