County approves golf cart use in Holdingford

The city of Holdingford became the first municipality within Stearns County to get County Board approval allowing golf carts to be driven on county roads located within the city.

In May, the County Board of Commissioners approved a new ordinance allowing the use of golf carts along county roadways within cities if the city made an official request to the Board and had its own ordinance in place allowing golf carts on its city streets.

Golf carts will be allowed on the city portions of County Roads 9, 17 and 62 in the city of Holdingford. All these roads have speed limits of 30 miles per hour or less. The County’s ordinance does not allow golf carts on minor or major arterial roadways, but only on roads where the speed limit is 30 mph or less.

Operators have the same rights and duties as drivers of any other vehicle. Golf carts can only be operated on designated roadways from sunrise to sunset, unless it has headlights, taillights and turn signals.  They are also not allowed to be operated in bad weather or during poor visibility.

Permits are required on all golf carts driven on county roadways. Operators obtain the yearly $10 permit from the Stearns County License Center. Applicants will be required to have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

In addition to Holdingford, three other cities in Stearns County have ordinances in place allowing golf carts on city streets – St. Joseph, Albany and Melrose.