Legend Venturi Has $14k Golf Cart Stolen


Ken Venturi is a name that means a lot to golf fans. The World Golf Hall of Famer won 14 times, including a U.S. Open during his time as a player, which was cut short by injury. However, many more fans remember the late Venturi as a welcomed house guest; the man on television who brought them some of the best golf of the 20th century working as a broadcaster.

Venturi’s son, Tim, made news earlier this week when his father’s $14,000 custom golf cart was stolen from his driveway and put up for sale on Craigslist.

Katie Widner of KESQ in Palm Springs had the story.


Venturi has worked in the industry for more than 14 years and currently works in sales at Cart Mart Inc. in Rancho Mirage. He also, recently, had his $14,000 custom cart stolen right out of his driveway inside the gated community of Indian Wells Country Club.

“I called police and filed a report, of course. They came over immediately,” he said.

The missing cart was discovered for sale on Craigslist a few days later, but by the time police caught up with the lister, the cart had been moved to another area. Venturi said the cart went from the La Quinta Cove neighborhood, where it was photographed for the Craigslist ad, to Victorville, and then to Bakersfield.

“The point of the matter is, this car went on Craigslist two different times, almost three different times. In a matter of seven days, had three different owners,” Venturi said.

Venturi received a call Tuesday that his cart had been recovered in Bakersfield. He believes that had he not had updated pictures and the serial number for his golf cart, he may never have seen it again.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office could not comment directly on the case because it is an active investigation, but Deputy Armando Munoz said that golf cart owners should take precautions and use a steering wheel lock or even chang the ignition key.



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