Augusta, GA – January 22, 2012 – Cushman® is poised to revolutionize food-and-beverage service in the golf industry with the latest update of its Refresher 1200 model, featuring innovative FlexServe Technology that enables golf facilities and resorts to quickly and easily customize their vehicle’s food, beverage and merchandise offerings to meet specific wants and needs of their customers. The updated model, to be available in mid-2013, will be unveiled at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. and Golf Industry Show in San Diego, Calif.
FlexServe Technology was developed for E-Z-GO by 19th Hole Cart LLC, a leader in the design and manufacture of food-and-beverage units for golf vehicles. The system features a modular design that allows a course to customize the Refresher 1200 within minutes to accommodate a variety of different products, from hot food to cold drinks to apparel. There are 19 different modules in all, ranging from merchandise racks to humidors.
A 12-square-foot counter wraps around the unit, providing plenty of space for preparation of drinks and meals and offering an inviting space for customers to gather. Specially designed inserts, certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, allow the Refresher 1200 to store and serve consumable ice.
The new design also has significantly more storage space than previous models or competitive units, with 12 cubic feet of beverage storage designed in a manner that allows for 100 percent practical loading, eliminating unusable or wasted space. An optional module provides another 3 cubic feet of space for a possible total of 15 cubic feet. The Refresher 1200 also features 5.7 cubic feet of merchandising space, which is expandable with optional modules to a possible total of 18 cubic feet. A 3-cubic-foot refuse container offers a spacious, easily accessible receptacle for trash and recyclables.
Beneath the hood, the Refresher 1200’s 13.5 hp, 401cc Kawasaki® engine generates plenty of power and torque to traverse steep paths. A limited-slip differential greatly improves traction on wet or loose terrain, while helping to protect turf from damage due to wheel slippage. A new suspension keeps the Refresher 1200’s ride smooth and comfortable throughout the long days on the course.
“The Refresher 1200 with FlexServe Technology enables the food-and-beverage vehicle to be a true extension of the clubhouse and pro shop, and enhances the on-course experience of the golfer,” said Michael R. Parkhurst, vice president, golf for E-Z-GO, which designs and manufactures Cushman vehicles. “This innovative vehicle creates an opportunity for golf facilities to grow a significant revenue stream, and we’re proud to be able to offer it to the industry.”
The Refresher 1200 with FlexServe Technology will be available in mid-2013. The vehicle will be displayed in the E-Z-GO/Cushman booth (#2431) at the upcoming PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26 in Orlando, as well as the E-Z-GO/Cushman exhibit (#3039) at the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 4-8 in San Diego.