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The Finn Scooter by Sun Mountain is like a motorbike for the golf course, designed to speed up play. Easy to use and extremely fun to ride.
It’s been a couple years since the Finn Scooter was first introduced to the world of golf, but now it’s becoming available at a wider array of golf courses across the country. With golf booming, the timing seems like it couldn’t be better for a new, fun, faster way to move around the course. I played my first round of the year on a Finn Scooter to see if the days of the traditional golf cart are numbered.
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Finding & Renting a Finn Scooter
If you’re interested in trying a Finn Scooter, head over to the Find a Finn website HERE. While not ubiquitous, Finn Scooters are available in most states. You can also buy a Finn for $3,500, but this review is going to focus on the rental experience.
Renting a Finn Scooter is unlike renting a golf cart because it takes place apart from the golf shop. To rent a Finn, you need to download the Finn Scooters app. When you get to the course, you use the app to scan the QR code on the cycle and pay for it in the app. Renting a Finn for 18 holes cost $31 for me, but rental costs will likely vary by course.
The whole rental process took less than three minutes for me. After I scanned the QR code, I entered my credit card number to pay for the rental and clicked through a bunch of safety notifications. The only other time issue you’ll need to consider is that once you get on a Finn, everyone is going to want to talk to you about it.
Ease of Use
The first question everyone asked me about the Finn was, “Is it easy to ride?” The answer is unequivocally, “Yes!” I have no experience with motorized bikes of any kind, but I took to Finn immediately. This was 180 degrees from my experience with the golf boards and other vehicles.
Finn sits fairly low to the ground, so balance is not an issue, and you can always put your feet down to get control. There is a brake on each handle, just like a bicycle, and the throttle is controlled by your right thumb.
The Finn Scooter is quick at top speed, but the throttle isn’t overly sensitive. First timers or more conservative riders can easily choose a slower pace. Finn is also quite light, so you can walk it around tight corners, and you always feel in control of it.
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On Course Experience
After loading my golf bag onto the Finn Scooter and wrapping up my conversation with the starter, I was off. It took about three seconds for me to decide, “This is so much more fun than riding in a golf cart.” The way you can get to your ball no matter where it is and weave around congestion on the cart paths make the round feel so much quicker. If everyone in a foursome had a Finn and a ready golf mindset, pace of play problems would no longer exist.
From a storage standpoint, Finn offers an experience that’s comparable to a golf cart. The Finn Scooter has a holder for seed mix (see above) and a cup holder. Sun Mountain also makes a Finn cooler. The only thing that I missed about a traditional cart was having a place to attach my scorecard and pencil.
One area where the Finn Scooter beats golf carts is in allowing access to your golf bag. Whether sitting on the Finn or standing next to it, I was easily able to access all the pockets of my bag. Also, my clubs slid in and out of the bag easily. Sun Mountain is designing a Finn-specific golf bag which should be out this summer, but from what I saw, Finn will play nicely with any golf bag.
A couple final notes on Finn. The Finn Scooter has a weight limit of 250 pounds. One full charge should last for 18 holes at full speed, which is probably a conservative estimate. I played a relatively short 18 hole course, and my battery indicator was still on green at the end of the round.
Is the Finn Scooter going to single-handedly end slow play? No.
Is it going to kill the traditional golf cart? Unlikely.
Should you find a course that rents Finn Scooters and give one a try? Absolutely.
The Finn Scooter is a joy to ride, and a valuable weapon in the war on five hour rounds. It’s thoughtfully designed in terms of its ease of use and how it works with the golfer on the course. The only problem is that after you rent one, you’re going to want to own one.