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.
Council made several amendments to the draft ordinance and below are the main highlights:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- In order for a golf cart to receive a permit, an inspection must be completed by the Trophy Club Police Department.
- At time of inspection, the applicant must provide proof of liability insurance that meets minimum state requirements.
- Permit may be revoked if a permit holder or driver is convicted of three violations within 18 months.
- 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.
- A golf cart driver must be at least 16-years-old and hold a valid Texas driver’s license.
- 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.
- Carts are not allowed on any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway, jogging path, park trail or any location used for pedestrian traffic.
- 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.
- 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.
The Trophy Club Police Department anticipates holding a golf cart inspection event on May 25. After the initial registration event, registrations will be conducted Monday through Friday by appointment only. For questions regarding the Golf Cart ordinance, please contact Chief of Police Scott Kniffen at 682-831-4650.