When you’re out on the course, you’ll want to conserve all your energy for your golf instead of tiring yourself out lugging around your clubs.
Electric golf trolleys have been a revelation, making it possible to play 18 holes with no effort at all.
Eco-friendly and convenient, an electric golf trolley is one of the best buys for a keen golfer. And the great news is that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to pick one up that’s of good quality.
A quick search will reveal an abundance of electric golf trolleys. If you’re unsure which to go for, help is at hand with our comprehensive guide to the best buys, including the most important features to look for.
If you’re in a hurry our top picks are below.
Best budget option, you’ll struggle to find better value than this trolley.
Our top mid-range pick. One of the most popular models from one of the top brands.
Motocaddy M5 GPS
Our top premium pick. All-singing all-dancing golf trolley from a reputable brand.
The Best Value Electric Golf Trolleys
Rider Electric Golf Trolley
- 36 hole battery
- Multiple colour options
- Folds down to 82 x53 x32 cm
- 1 year warranty
- 19kg weight with battery
Made from lightweight aluminium, the Rider Electric Golf Trolley weighs just 9.5kg without the battery fitted. Unfortunately though, the trolley doesn’t come as standard with a lithium battery which will make it a little heavier compared to most of the others on our list.
However it does come with a 36 hole lead acid battery (weighing in at 11kg), which isn’t something to be sniffed at as it will mean you can comfortably play 36 holes without charging the battery. The powerful 200w motor will also ensure that you make it easily up the steepest fairways on any course.
The trolley, like most, will also operate at different speeds. And there are also a number of accessories available to make your round as comfortable as possible such as rain covers, battery bag and holders for your scorecard and umbrella.
For this price bracket, you’ll struggle to find a better deal!
Powerhouse Golf Freedom T2-S
- Lithium battery option
- 9 speed control system
- Automatic distance control
- Digital Display
Described as a premium model without the premium price, the Powerhouse Golf Freedom T2-S offers a choice of batteries including the lightweight lithium battery. Depending on your choice of battery, it’s capable of lasting 18-27 holes. The charger which is included has a total charging time of 3-4 hours from flat.
For the price range, there are some nifty features on this trolley that aren’t available on others in this bracket such as the slow start which gradually builds up the speed, and an automatic distance control so you can send your trolley to the next tee whilst putting out. The nine-speed system can be utilised from the handle where there’s also a digital display.
Ben Sayers Golf Trolley
- 18-Hole lithium battery
- Lightweight aluminium frame
- Memory feature allows you to pre-set your required speed
- Complete with a free accessory pack worth over £100
- 15.7kg weight with battery
The Ben Sayers golf trolley may not be as good looking as the others in the budget price range, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance. Made from lightweight aluminium, the trolley is also fitted with a lithium battery which will easily last for 18 holes (even on hillier golf courses) which is excellent value at this price point! Together it means that the trolley weighs just 15.7kg all in.
The digital screen tracks the battery life and power, which is handy, especially on a budget buy. One of the advanced features that’s very useful is the ability to specify how far to move your trolley: 10, 20 or 30 metres.
The trolley comes with extra accessories including an umbrella holder, drink and scorecard holder as well as a travel and rain cover. For the price, this is amazing value as you’re pretty much getting a mid-range option with all the extra accessories.
Mid-Range Electric Golf Trolleys
- Lithium battery
- Easilock base
- LCD screen
- Charge battery on trolley
The Motocaddy S1 is one of Motocaddy’s entry models, but it’s actually one of the best mid-range options on the market. The biggest selling point of the S1 is that it’s easy to use from start to finish!
The QUICKFOLD folding mechanism is quick and easy to fold down and open up the trolley, and if you have the Motocaddy bag fitted with the Easilock base, it just clips right in with no need to fasten any straps. The trolley is very lightweight and comes with a 200w motor which makes using the trolley on the course a breeze.
The LCD screen in the handle is well-designed and won’t disappear when faced in sunlight. The screen displays the nine available speeds plus the remaining battery power. For a midrange trolley there aren’t as many extras as you’ll find elsewhere, but being able to charge the battery without removing it from the trolley will be a major plus for many players. Overall it’s a solid built trolley from one of the best players in the market, so you can’t go wrong with it.
- Lithium battery
- EBS speed control
- Backlit LCD screen
- Compact design
Previously known as the Freeway series, this is a market-leading range of trolleys, of which the FX3 is the entry level design. A Plug’n’Play 230w lithium battery sits low in the frame and is almost silent during use. Under normal conditions, you should be able to get 36 holes out of a single charge
Included in this trolley is EBS which automatically senses steep inclines and automatically slows the trolley down to your walking speed. Overall, the controls are excellent in all areas, with a backlit LCD display showing battery power and speed. When you’re finished, a one-click folding system compacts the trolley down to a size that’s 20% smaller than its predecessors. The best bit? You don’t even need to remove the battery.
The Best Premium Electric Golf Trolleys
- Touchscreen with GPS system
- Scorecard function
- Compact design
If you liked the sound of the FX3 and have a bit more cash available, then take a look at its big brother, the Powakaddy FX7. It has the same compact folding system and intuitive design but there’s much more included in the features.
The trolley is the first in the world to include a touchscreen which displays the distances to the back, front and middle of the green, using an integrated GPS. It includes a scorecard function (so forget about losing your pencil!) and also has hazards pre-loaded for 4,000 courses. Apps for iOS and Android keep course information updated for the latest information to boost your play.
Motocaddy M5 GPS
- Built in GPS system
- USB charing port for phone
- Easilock base
- Compact design
Golfers who want the smartest technology but are a bit short on space will love the Motocaddy M5 GPS. It compacts to a small size but still features top of the range accessories such as a GPS which displays on the handle. This is managed via the Motocaddy app which is free to use, with the distance course data being transmitted by Bluetooth. A USB port allows you to keep your phone fully charged while playing.
The Easilock base is convenient and simple and combines with an adjustable handle for comfort. Other features include the distance control which means your trolley can set off to the next tee and meet you there.
Stewart Golf X9 Remote
- Control from up to 50 meters away
- Bluetooth remote control
- Stable design
Part of the award-winning X-series, the X9 is a remote control design that utilises the latest technology to great effect. The low centre of gravity and four-wheel base allows the trolley to stay stable in all conditions while the powerful remote can be operated from up to 50 metres away.
A new Bluetooth communications system has enhanced the responsiveness of the trolley, and with controls which include forward, reverse, left and right the movement is very accurate.
Buying an Electric Golf Trolley – Factors to Consider
There’s no getting around it, electric golf trolleys are expensive pieces of kit. Even if you go for a budget option you’re still looking to part with a few hundred pounds, so you need to know what to look out for.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when looking at all the options and sometimes it’s not obvious what the differences are between the different models of trolleys. However, if you focus on the most important elements below, you’ll be able to narrow down the selection to a trolley that suits you.
Even though you won’t be pushing the trolley yourself, having a lighter weight is a real asset. Some argue that lighter golf trolleys tend not to be as sturdy or stable. However even the lightest electric golf trolleys will have a little bit of weight behind them that once you add the battery, it means they won’t tip over in the wind or fall easily on the side of a hill.
For that reason, we advocate light is better for the following points. Firstly, you’ll still need to lift your trolley in and out of your car or locker, so having a lighter trolley will make this a lot easier, and save your back!
On the course, a lighter trolley will also save on battery use meaning you should be able to get more holes out of your trolley – great for those days where 18 holes just isn’t enough. You’ll also find that you’ll be able to steer lighter electric golf trolleys with ease which will make your round more comfortable, particularly when the ground gets wet and heavier trolleys can start to sink into the turf a little.
In terms of the factors which determine the weight, there are two main ones; the material of the frame of the trolley and the battery.
Stainless steel is very hard-wearing but it’s a heavy metal so you’re best avoiding trolley frames made from that. Instead look for aluminium or titanium; both are lightweight but very strong at the same time. Having a lithium battery instead of a lead acid battery also helps with the weight as they’re smaller and lighter and still hold a good charge.
It’s not just the weight of the battery you’ll need to consider; you’ll also want to decide whether you need an 18 hole battery or 27 hole battery and whether it’s worth investing a little extra in a lithium battery vs. a lead acid one.
Firstly, if you regularly play more than 18 holes, you’re obviously better off choosing a battery that can last more than one round. When you buy an electric golf trolley you’ll generally have the option to pay a little extra for a 36 hole battery vs. an 18 hole one.
It’s also worth considering upgrading if you often go on golfing weekends away. Although you can charge your battery overnight in the hotel, it’ll save you a lot of hassle and you’ll be thankful for the time you forget to bring the charger!
Both sealed lead acid (SLA) and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries come in 18 and 36 holes, but how do you choose between the two?
Well as we mentioned earlier, the lithium batteries are lighter so will be easier to transport, plus you’ll get the other benefits of your trolley being more mobile on the course. Lithium batteries are also quicker to charge. They will typically charge from flat in 3-5 hours vs. 8 hours for lead acid batteries, so if that’s important to you then opt for lithium. They’re also better for the environment. Not only do they take less time (and energy) to recharge, but they don’t contain any hazardous materials unlike sealed lead acid batteries.
Lithium is the clear choice, but they do come at a price. Expect to pay around an extra £150 for a lithium trolley over a lead acid golf trolley.
Storing your golf trolley is an essential consideration. If you can’t fit your trolley into the boot of your car, you’re going to have a big problem!
Electric trolleys don’t compress quite as small as a manual trolley because they have to accommodate the battery, but there are certain models which fold up relatively small and will save you valuable boot space. We’ve done a separate post on the most compact golf trolleys which is worth reading if this is particularly important for you.
If you have the luxury of a big boot and a garage to store the trolley, then perhaps this won’t be the most important consideration. However if you have a smaller car or have to store your trolley in a club locker, then it’s worth considering the folded dimensions of the trolley to ensure it’ll fit in the space required.
As a general rule, the more you pay, the better features that will be included. Electric golf trolleys have gotten quite sophisticated over the years with some of the top models on the market now including features such as:
- Built in GPS
- Shot Distance Tracking
- Score Tracking
- Remote Control Navigation
- USB Charging Ports
Don’t get sucked into paying more for a trolley with whizzy features unless they are genuinely useful for you. For example if you already have a decent golf gps, then there’s really no need to splash out on a trolley that does the same thing.
What is worthwhile looking out for are the additional accessories. Some brands have created golf trolley accessories which make using them much easier.
Things such as umbrella holders are standard across all trolleys, but other features such as drink holders, GPS device holders, winter wheels and built in mitten handles are only available for a few trolleys.
If you play a lot of winter golf or golf in some sketchy conditions, it’s worthwhile checking this out before committing to a brand. In our experience Motocaddy golf trolleys tend to have the best golf trolley accessories available.
A Great Choice
The electric golf trolley you choose will depend on your own specific priorities; some designs are particularly compact which could be useful if you don’t have a lot of room in your boot.
All of the models we’ve listed here are top-class within their price bracket so it’s up to you to decide how much you want to splash out on a golfing accessory that’s a must-have.