The first golf cart was a 1932 homemade cart, it became popular with people that had disabilities. It was not till the early 1950s when people started using them on the golf course. The early manufactures of the golf car were Marketeer, Cushman, Lektro and E-Z_GO. Harley Davidson started making them in 1963.
It was not until the early 1970s when the gas golf car made its debut and became a huge hit with the public. Electric golf carts arrived at the first courses to use them in 1951. Merle Williams from Reading, California produced the first electric golf carts using knowledge he attained from electric cars produced during the World War Two gasoline rationing period.