For those faithful followers of our blog who show up ever Tuesday to see what is happening at the SC Carts head quarters, you know it has been one crazy busy 2014 season for us! 2015 is already shaping up to be an even busier season, and we promise there are a lot of cool carts and special projects that are going to be featured right here on the SC Carts blog.
Before we jump into another amazing season we thought we would take you guys on a behind the scenes look at how we at SC Carts recharge ourselves, and get ready to go for another season of pushing the limits of custom carts!
Crank the heat up in the house, grab your favorite beverage and sit back and join us for a trip to Mexico!
After a lot of research we decided on the Iberostar Playa Mita Resort (which was just opened in December 2013), which we we soon found out was an amazing 5 Star resort just outside the small village of Punta Mita in the Mexican state of Nayarit. After passing through the main gates into the property and then the second set of gates into the resort itself, this is what we saw.
Here is another shot of the open air entrance and check in area.
It didn’t take us long to know we were going to love this place. This amazing resort uses Club Car transport and work carts! (you had to know that golf carts were going to be involved in our trip somewhere)
This place was even more spectacular once we stepped inside. The staff here were amazing!
Oh we forgot to mention, the entire resort is surrounded by the Litibu Golf course, desgined by the Shark Greg Norman! This impeccably well maintained course is a secret gem and most of the time there is more maintenance staff then there is golfers… its like having your own private course! More on the course in a bit, we have to get settled in.
When in Mexico…after getting settled into our rooms we headed out to the sunset lounge and had our first taste of Mexico. Tequila!!!
We then decided to take an evening stroll along the beach. This is a picture looking back at the lower portion of the resort!
It didn’t take us long to figure out where we were going to be logging most of our time here at the resort! This beautiful pool has a great swim up bar at the far end.
Walking towards the sunset lounge this amazing picture presented itself. We found out later that the hill you can see off in the distance is where the President of Mexico has his summer estate. The staff said you know when he is coming as the helicopters fly over head.
Here’s a cool picture of the sunset lounge during the day. At the far end of the lounge is a separate spa area where you can enjoy a relaxing massage as you look over the ocean.
What is this that we spy? Peering down from the sunset lounge we noticed yet another Club Car hard at work.
Here’s a pano picture from the sunset lounge looking back at the main pool area and the rest of the resort.
As the evening approached we again headed back to our favorite relaxing area waiting for the sun to do it’s thing.
We were never disappointed. Each of the 10 evenings we were there ended with this incredible display!
After the sunset and dinner we headed off to the theater to take in one of the many different shows put on each night. This particular picture is from “The Movie Show” which is a theatrical show with live music and dancing taking excerpts from many popular movies.
Our mornings typically started out with walks around the Litibu golf course. This is a very large course so we explored it over several days. Some holes were over 600yds long! Here’s a pretty spectacular view.
The course has several different feelings to it, on some holes you play a typical ope field links style, others take you through the heart of the jungle, while several have you feeling the mist from the ocean.
Just to give you an idea of the size of this course, this is hole 18 looking back at the resort. Hole six plays right in front of the resort!
Just enough room for a cart, this was a tree that has been in this fallen state for quite sometime. It doesn’t seem to bother any one.
Walking back to the resort one morning, Siona couldn’t resist heading into the “jungle” jungle for this shot. This is one huge tree!
All lined up and no place to go. The carts are put out like this each morning, but only a couple of them get used…this is truly a golfers dream course.
At the main entrance of the compound this bright little number was parked, we think it was one of the security guards, not a golf cart but pretty close 🙂
Right next to our resort sits this big monster. This hotel is called La Tranquila. It was full steam ahead until the crash of 2008. Now it sits only partially complete, however it is still taking reservations. This is one of the most eccentric places we had scene, so we had to poke our heads in.
From first appearance it looks like a fully functioning hotel.
But that quickly changes as you realize it is only you and a handful of staff in this huge building.
The master plan for this resort is incredible, maybe one day it will be completed. As it sits now it only has approximately 25 completed rooms, if your looking for privacy this could be your destination. Or maybe you could make an offer on it… I think it could easily be had for around $100 million 🙂
One day we decided to leave the comfort of our 5 start luxury resort and head over to a little village called Sayulita. It was originally a fishing village which has now turned into a surf village which the locals refer to as the new hippie hangout.
It was about a 20 min taxi ride (buckle up!!!) And we arrived at this cool little village. We didn’t expect what we were about to see.
Golf carts everywhere!!! Yahooooo!
We like to see carts at work.
Lifted carts that needed a bath.
With the narrow roads here the carts make perfect sense.
How about one with a skull on the roof rack! Even way over here Precedents are one of the most popular carts around.
This guy has a monopoly!
We also saw a couple Ez-go carts.
Here’s a lifted one, we didn’t see any Yammies here though. It makes sense, the golf cart dealer only sells Club Car and Ez-go 🙂
Over on the far end of the village, things get a bit quieter and a bit more high end.
The beautiful stone paver driveway gives a sense of opulence.
A private villa only accessible by golf cart!
This cart took it’s passengers for a seaside lunch. We have some work ahead of us Canada.
After eating some battered shrimp and drinking some margaritas at the beach side restaurant. It was soon time to say goodbye to our new found love and head back to the comforts of our resort.
One exciting cab ride, down the narrow roads with random speed bumps and we were back lounging by the pool, safe and sound.
On our last full day at the resort we finally got everyone “on board” to head out for a day of snorkeling at the Marietas islands. The cool thing about this resort is that they offer the snorkeling tour right from the resort. The only stipulation was that if the ocean was too rough then we could not leave from the beach and we would have to take a cab ride into Puerto Vallarta. Our trip was scheduled for 1:00 pm and we were told to be there by 12:45. As we walked to the snorkel shack we noticed the red flag hanging on the beach, this meant the waters were too rough, so we were prepping ourselves for another cab ride. But the people at the snorkel shack said we were good to go. We were excited as they handed us our gear we looked out to the ocean where we saw a big beautiful dive boat. This only lasted for a minute as our real boat came into view, smoking and burping along (identical in size to the above boat but not nearly in as good as shape) Yes off into the great wide open in a boat that was barely a good idea on a pond 🙂
One by one they took us out to the boat by jetski and then brought us our gear. Once we were loaded we set off at a medium clip. In search of these great islands. On the way there the boat was stuttering and pushing out some smoke. We were all ok until we hit the wide open sea and realized how far we were from land. However our dive instructor assured us that this was perfectly normal. We stopped at a quiet little location first where the big dive boats couldn’t access. After only a couple minutes of discussion we were all over board and checking out some of the coolest sea life! One our way to the crown jewel of the islands we greeted by a show from the hump back whales which were passing through. Yes it was a bit discomforting seeing that there tails were larger then our boat!
We quickly found out why the small boat was a great choice. The “captain” of the SS Minnow took us in and out of rocky locations to see blue crabs and the blue footed Booby bird. At last we came to the highlight of the snorkel trip, Hidden Beach. This beach is only accessible at low tide as you have to swim in through a large cave to gain entry. What a beauty! When then set off back to our resort with our smoke screen in tow. The motor only cut out once on our way thank goodness it was when the giant rogue wave was heading our way and the “captain” had to go wide open 🙂
Needless to say we had an exceptional time and we are now ready for another amazing season of building the best custom carts for our customers. We will miss the heat and these great sunsets, but we are excited to be home and back in the shop! On a side note one of us mistakenly ate a smoking hot habanero pepper on the last night which made for an exciting flight home the next day 🙂
Thanks for a great year! It’s because of you guys that we love what we do and get to do what we do. Sit down buckle and hold on for an incredible year ahead 2015 is going to be like nothing you have seen before 🙂
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