By Darren Dolezel — RattlingChains.com Staff
I’ve seen a few disc golf carts on the market, but spending upward of $300 on something like that is hard to justify. Especially considering I won’t use the cart all the time.
So, I set out to build an inexpensive alternative and came up with what I think is a winner.
In the past, I’ve seen some local professionals using hand trucks modified as a cart, or an old fashioned red wagon as another cart. My thoughts were that they weren’t as functional as I wanted them to be.
I searched and searched for something I could convert and found a feed cart at Tractor Supply for about $60. It took me a good two months before I settled for this cart, but it turned out to be the cheapest cart with the most capacity.
The first thing I wanted on the cart was a seat, so I went to a local construction supply store and purchased a shop stool for $15. I modified that to fit the cart. After a trial run, it was nice, but I wanted a seat with a back for a little support.
I started thinking about what I could use — perhaps a tractor seat or an old car seat. But those would be too heavy for the cart, which would defeat the purpose of having the cart. Not only that, I wanted to make the cart look somewhat good.
I found a boat seat that folded back. It was also made of a waterproof material. The seat cost me $15 and replaced the seat I had in place.
If I’m having a cart, I’ll likely use it during tournaments. And, in case of bad weather, the cart needed an umbrella holder. And, being the person who thinks bigger is better, I have an enormous umbrella I picked up on clearance. Now to figure out how to get it to work on the cart.
I used a tw0-foot piece of one-inch conduit and welded it to the cart, just behind the seat. I left enough room so I could still fold the cart.
Other modifications included a towel holder, scorecard clipboard and a cooler attachment.
I took it to my local league and it seemed to be an instant hit. About five people seemed interested in having one of their own.
In the end, the cart cost me $115 to make. Much cheaper than any of the other I saw elsewhere.
Darren Dolezel is the resident creative guy at Rattling Chains. He often finds odd objects to turn into items useful for disc golf. He’ll share these items occasionally at Rattling Chains. If you have an idea you think Darren should try, e-mail him at: darren [at] rattlingchains.com.