Wind blowing in their hair, zipping along streets and paths, the latest members of Seachange Emerald Lakes’s golf buggy gang test out their new rides.
The gated over 50’s community, beside Emerald Lakes golf club, is one of the first buggy friendly retirement communities in Queensland.
New residents were recently given the keys to a free buggy and golf club membership, and the novel vehicles have become a way of life.
Pradella chief executive Phil Goodman said the comfortable, clean-energy buggies had helped residents get to know each other.
“The buggy is a much more social animal,” he said. “Everyone stops and talks to you; it is much more sedate. That just doesn’t happen in a car.”
“It not only allows everyone to have an identity, they know they are from Seachange Emerald Lakes, but it also allows them to start a conversation outside the community.”
The first batch of buggies were all the same, but Mr Goodman said residents were already keen to get their hands on upgrades to personalise their vehicles.
“The biggest thing we found is people have always craved one,” he said.
“They see it as being part of this premium community, and when they are given one it;s the best thing. The response has blown me away.”
Mr Goodman said within the Seachange community, buggies could be driven on roads and paths, as well as over the bridge.
Homes and shops have buggy parking, and a planned Woolworths has incorporated buggy parking into its design.
Resident David Sylow said the golf buggies were a fun, social way to get some fresh air and meet up with friends and neighbours.
On completion Seachange Emerald Lakes will have 126 homes in a country club estate featuring an indoor pool, cinema gym and lake. The local area has 13km of walking/bike tracks, shops and restaurants.
It is five minutes drive from Nerang rail link and 10 minutes drive to beaches.
As seen in the Courier Mail 9 May 2015.