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Golf Cart Accessories
Lillie Lipscomb waves as she drives her golf cart, a fiberglass replica of a 1934 Ford, from her driveway in The Villages, Fla.
Lillie Lipscomb waves as she drives her golf cart, a fiberglass replica of a 1934 Ford, from her driveway in The Villages, Fla.
AP Photo/William Perry

Everyone knows the basics you need to hit the links: a collared shirt, spikes, clubs -- and sunscreen is always a good idea, too. But unlike other sports, golf lets you go beyond the basics by adding accessories to your golf cart. In fact, accessories can be a great way to personalize your golf cart to suit your needs.

Most golf carts come fairly sparsely equipped from the factory. Depending on your perspective, that's either a pain, since you may have to pay extra for even the most basic of accessories, like drink holders, or it could be a good thing, since it means you can option that golf cart out exactly as you want it.

In hot areas, fans and air conditioning systems are good options as golf cart accessories. In colder climates, heaters make sense. But no matter where you live, rain curtains are almost always a good idea -- especially since most golf carts have open cabins.

Portable battery chargers are a good option to select if you're planning to travel far from an electricity source. And if you're planning on going off-road -- really off-road -- in your golf cart, brush guards are available to keep the golf cart's body scratch- and dent-free. Having a radio on your golf cart can be a nice way to pass the time, too; just don't play loud music when you're on a golf course.

You can also get accessories, mainly for gasoline carts, to increase your cart's performance capabilities. For instance, you can lift the cart to give it more ground clearance, improve the suspension so you can cover uneven ground and even give the cart more power. Of course, if you're adding power to the cart's engine, you'll also want to upgrade the brakes and maybe even add safety features like seat belts.