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We’ve all heard of keeping up with the Joneses. The desire to buy a bigger house, a nicer car, and now – a fancier golf cart.

Golf carts are all the rage these days, especially in the gated communities of Lake of the Pines and Lake Wildwood.

Dew and Jeannie Ward of LOP, owners of a former hardware store, drove around in the golf cart that Dew “tricked out” with fancy mag wheels, shiny bright paint, and golf accessories.

Their cart was the envy of the neighborhood, as was Dew’s ability to fix – or fix up – anyone’s cart.

“People would say Dew’s golf cart was cool and ask them to fix up theirs,” Jeannie Ward said.

When his side business took over the garage, Jeannie suggested they make this their new business and Combie Golf Carts and Art was born about six months ago.

The niche the Wards fill is refurbishing golf carts. Whether it’s the golfer who wants his cart to be faster or prettier, or someone looking to buy an almost new cart (or trade up), the Wards can make it happen.

“We do custom paint; beautiful work. We can match your house or your car,” Dew Ward said.

They buy fleets of carts from a broker and begin refurbishing each one. The latest load came from Lake Merced. Usually Dew will replace the tires and battery, paint the cart and add some accessories.

Often a prospective buyer will select a cart and then consult with Dew about extra customizing. Things like a faster engine, flashier paint job, fold-down rear seat, golf bag holder, turn signals, rear view mirror and split windshield are all options. The Wards also can re-upholster the seats.

They own a trailer, so their business includes picking up and delivering the golf carts as well.

The store also carries golf-related art, mostly signed pictures from famous golfers. In the future they plan to add different golf-related art and gift items.

But don’t plan on seeing the Wards zipping along in Dew’s golf cart. That one’s sold.

Combie Golf Carts and Art is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 10560 Combie Road. Phone 268-1258.


To contact Readership Editor Dixie Redfearn, e-mail dixier@ theunion.com or call 477-4238.

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