Go kart track now open in Somers

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Somers - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
Chuck Roache drives his son Joey around the go kart track at Somers Golf Center. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
Chuck Roache drives his son Joey around the go kart track at Somers Golf Center. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

“It’s incredible,” Glenn Waite exhaled, as he exited the gate at the go kart track at Somers Golf Center. Waite, his wife, Natalie, and their 4-year-old son, Evan, were back to the track for their second time in a week.

The Somers Golf Center opened in the summer of 2009, and two years later has a driving range, mini golf, batting cages, trampoline jump and rock wall. The go kart track is the latest addition, having opened on July 6.

According to Manager Julie Tyrol, the response has been fantastic.

“We were very excited for it to open,” she said.

John Kupec, a student at the University of Connecticut, works at the track and explained how the go karts work. Because they are completely electric, operators can control the cars from their station. This means if drivers break the rules by bumping and swerving, a track operator can push a button and slow the kart, stop it completely or bring it back to the gate. With gas-powered go karts, operators have to run after people and flag them down to curtail dangerous driving.

“It’s really cutting edge,” Kupec said.

To add to the fun, each kart has a boost button on the steering wheel that provides 10 percent more power for about 15 seconds. Each driver gets two per ride.

Chuck Roache of Tolland brought his son, Joey, to the track twice during opening week.

“We heard about it on the fourth of July,” Roache said. Both father and son said the track was a lot of fun.

Go kart rides cost $8 per driver and $4 for each passenger. For more information on the go kart track at Somers Golf Center or any of the other activities, visit www.somersgolfcenter.com.

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