Best Golf Cart Tires Review, Guide & Comparison

I love golf. The feeling of a freshly cut green is one of the most pleasant experiences out there, right under getting a hole three under par. I’ve been golfing for years now, and I love all aspects of it, from lining up my shot, practicing at the club, or driving around in my golf cart. Besides the game, I think I probably like driving my golf cart the best. Where I live, I can use the cart to go to the store and drive around the neighborhood, which means you’ll see me in there much more than you would in a car.

That being said, golf cart maintenance is now a part of my life. Just as I would be getting my car checked up and serviced, now I need to take the time and effort to keep my cart in tip top shape. One of the most important parts of the cart (besides the motor) are the tires. Having the proper wheels can make a whole lot of difference, especially if you go from the links to the pavement like I do.

If you’re a novice about golf cart tires, I’ve created a handy little guide to help you get started, as well as made a list of some of the best tires I’ve encountered thus far. If you want to get the most out of your golf cart, then join me, won’t you?

Comparison Table

Carlisle Fairway Golf Pro Northern Tool and Equipment Tire Kenda Golf Cart Tire ITP Ultra GT Golf Cart Tire EFX Tires Pro-Rider
Tire size 18 x 8.50-8 18 x 8.50-8 18 x 850 x 8 205/30-12, 215/40-12, 205/50-10, 205/30-14 205 x 50 x 10
Rim included
Tire Type 4-Ply 4-Ply, Pneumatic 4-Ply, Tubeless 4-Ply, Tubeless 4 Ply
Diameter 18" 18.5" 18 1/2" 10, 12, 14 20.5", 21.5"

Carlisle Fairway Golf Pro Tire – 18X8.50-8

When it comes to high-quality golfing equipment, one of my favorite brands is Carlisle Fairway. While most of us probably know the company for its exceptional clubs and golf bags, you may not have known that they make a durable and robust golf cart tire as well. The Pro Tire is essentially the gold standard for golf carts, both with regards to size, thickness, and tread. If you want something that is comfortable on the links as well as the pavement, the Pro Tire is for you.

The first thing to know about the Pro Tire is that it does not come with a rim. You can purchase golf cart rims pretty easily, but it’s important to note that you will need to do that separately. I would prefer if the tires were sold with the rim, but it’s a quality product nonetheless.

This tire measures 18” x 8.5” x 8”, which is standard. The thickness is four ply, which is ideal for both grass and pavement. The treads are all-terrain and have plenty of traction, just in case you ride around during inclement weather. Overall, these tires are fantastic for any golf cart.

 

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Perfect for street riding
  • Ideal for most weather conditions
  • Reliable and sturdy
  • Fits all standard golf carts

Cons

  • Does not come with rim
  • Can be a little tricky to install

Golf Cart and Tractor Replacement Tire Assembly – 18 x 8.50-8, Sawtooth

Our next tire doesn’t come from a golf company, but instead it’s made by Northern Tool and Equipment. This brand is well known for making all kinds of high-quality products, and the Golf Cart Replacement Tire is no exception. What I like about this particular model is that it comes ready to go right out of the box, so you just need to screw it on your cart, and you can take off.

The tire itself is standard size, measuring the usual 18 x 8.5 x 8 inches. The tread design is a sawtooth pattern, which makes it an all-terrain tire. For the most part, this unit will work on both grass, pavement, and even sand. You should be able to ride around comfortably in most weather conditions as well.

The thickness of the rubber is four ply, meaning it is street safe, and it is rated to support up to 815 pounds. That means that with four tires you can carry up to 3,260 pounds. These are highly capable tires

 

 

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • All-terrain tread
  • Thick rubber is street safe
  • Works in most weather conditions
  • Easy to install
  • Fits all standard golf carts

Cons

  • Not ideal for higher speeds
  • May not keep traction on slick surfaces

Golf Cart Tire – 18 x 850 x 8, Sawtooth Tread

Our next tire, which is made by the company Kenda, is built solely for the golf course. Depending on your needs, you may not need a tire that can ride around on the streets. If you plan on just bombing around on the grass and hoofing it to the clubhouse, then these tires are perfect for you.

One thing to note as well is that this is another tire-only situation. These units do not come with rims, so you will need to buy those separately or use the ones on your current cart.

The tread design is sawtooth, meaning that it can handle most terrains. The tire thickness is four-ply, but they are still rated as NHS (Non-highway service), so keep your street riding to a minimum. They should be okay on paved surfaces around the course, but don’t go too fast.

 

 

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • All-terrain tread
  • Four-ply thickness
  • Ideal for most weather conditions
  • Fits all standard size golf carts

Cons

  • Tire only, no rim
  • Not rated for street driving
  • Can be tricky to install

ITP Ultra GT Golf Cart Tire Front/Rear 205/50-10 5000796

Our next golf cart tire is designed for the golfing enthusiast. The Ultra GT by ITP is built for both on and off the course, meaning that you can get the most out of your golf cart. What I like about these tires is that they are also street safe so that I can ride around the neighborhood with no issues. They don’t, however, come with rims (even though there are ones in the photos), so keep that in mind.

The tread on the Ultra GT is all-terrain and directional, so it should fare well on most surfaces, even in wet conditions. The thickness is a standard four-ply, meaning that they are tough and reliable. Finally, they are the standard size so you should be able to fit them on with no problems.

 

 

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • All-terrain tread
  • Made for off-roading
  • Suitable for most environments
  • Weather-resistant
  • Fits all standard golf carts

Cons

  • Does not come with rim
  • Need professional installation

EFX Tires Pro-Rider Turf Rated Golf Cart Tire (205/50×10)

Finally, I have saved the best for last.

If you want the ultimate golf cart tire that can go anywhere, anytime, then the EFX Pro-Rider is for you. This is an upgrade from the old Pro-Rider model, which could only go on turf. The EFX unit, however, is DOT approved for street usage, so you can bomb around town just as you would the links.

What’s nice about these tires is that they are all-terrain, but they are not directional. That means you can rotate your tires much easier since you can place them on any side without sacrificing performance.

Everything else comes standard, including the size and tire thickness. This is another instance where the picture is misleading, however, as the EFX does not come with a rim.

 

 

Pros

  • Durable construction
  • Four-ply thick tires
  • DOT approved for street use
  • All-terrain tread
  • Non-directional tires
  • Standard size

Cons

  • Need to be installed professionally
  • Can lose traction on slick surfaces in some instances

Final Verdict

When trying to figure out the best golf cart tire, it can be hard to narrow it down. All of these are such high-quality that it can be impossible to pick just one.

However, if I had to choose, I would highly recommend the EFX or the Carlisle Fairway tires. Even though they do not come with rims, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better tire for your ride.

How To Choose The Best Golf Cart Tires

When it comes to picking out the best tire for your ride, there are a few things that you have to consider. Much like if you were choosing a different set of wheels for your car or truck, you need to take care and pay attention to what sort of tires you’re getting. Here are the most important things to keep in mind when scoping out some new treads.

Size

As you can imagine, golf cart tires are not quite the same as regular automotive tires. Although there are certainly similarities, one of the key differences is the size. Standard golf cart tires usually measure anywhere from eighteen inches tall to twenty inches, although if you get tires that are bigger, you may need to get a lift kit to accommodate. Due to the size, most of these tires are tubeless, meaning that they have a “bead” on the inside. What that means is that the outside of the tire is wider than where it meets the wheel.

When looking at tire sizes, you’ll usually see three numbers. Standard tires are 18” x 8.5” x 8”. The first number is the total height; the second number is the outside width, and the last number is the inside width. When finding the right tire for your ride, you’ll need to make sure that the size fits.

If you do want to get a taller tire for better ground clearance or traction, then you’ll need to get a lift kit so the wheels won’t scrape against the cart. Lift kits are usually available where golf carts are sold.

Tread

For me, I needed a tire that could easily go from the golf course to paved streets. When comparing tire treads, you can find ones that are completely smooth, all the way to off-road traction tires. Most of the treads will state if they are street approved, meaning that you can take them off the course. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some off-roading tires are not allowed on golf courses because they can tear up the grass and leave deep imprints. To make sure you don’t get a set that is not course legal, make sure to check with your golf course beforehand.

Some common tire treads are:

  • Sand: this tire is wavy so as to get better traction on sand
  • Knobby: these are usually not allowed on courses, as they have thick knobs to get better traction on mud and other terrains
  • All-terrain: self-explanatory. These tires also work well as street tires too
  • Directional: these tires are also designed for mud and slick environments, but just be sure that they are facing the right direction when you install them

Finally, one other thing to keep in mind about your tires is that some of them are “non-highway service” (NHS) rated. That means that they are not intended for higher speeds or paved roads. If you want to take your cart off the course, you’ll need to get ones that are rated for such use.

 

 

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