A true story with a distinct Peachtree City flavor. Our town is famous for the 80 miles of cart paths and most of the homeowners owning a golf cart.
Peachtree City police said they arrested a man, clad only in a towel, who tried to flee in a golf cart last week.
Michael R. Stevens, 37, of Fayetteville was arrested about 12:30 a.m. April 5 after a patrolling officer found him and a woman near the Battery Way Boat Docks. The officer said the two jumped into a golf cart and fled, despite his order to stop. When police stopped the cart, officers said, Stevens was behind the wheel wearing only a towel.
Stevens was charged with driving under the influence, resisting an officer, reckless driving, public indecency, violation of park hours, public intoxication and operating a golf cart without headlights. The woman was not charged.
Stevens owns Mike’s Big Adventures, which offers golf cart tours of Peachtree City. The AJC Fayette and Coweta sections profiled the business Thursday.
Mike was obscure before a front page article on the local weekly section of the AJC came out telling the wonder of Mikes new venture, Mike’s Big Adventures. No one needs to wonder about how he came up with that name now.
Peachtree City, it is all about the golf cart.
See below the fold for the article that introduced his business.
Mike Stevens recently started a business that combines Peachtree City’s 80-plus miles of golf cart paths and his love of the outdoors.
Mike’s Big Adventures offers guided golf cart tours of Peachtree City’s surrounding areas, including Lake Peachtree and residential areas.
Mike Stevens started Mike’s Big Adventures to give guided golf cart tours of Peachtree City, Lake Peachtree and surrounding areas. ‘Everyone hears about the area, but doesn’t see it because it’s hidden behind a lot of greenery,’ Stevens said.
As Stevens slowly drives the cart along the path, he also shares information with golf cart riders, including historical information and lake statistics.
Typically, he covers about six miles during the tour.
“I really wanted to show people the beauty of Peachtree City they can’t see in a car, via a golf cart,” he said. “I decided to do something with the golf cart capital of the world, because everyone hears about the area, but doesn’t see it because it’s hidden behind a lot of greenery.”
There are several tour packages to choose from, and tours start at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center.
“Rafter’s Run” is an hour-long tour around the lake for $25 per person. The tour includes an overview of Peachtree City and the surrounding area.
“Expedition Exploration — In search of food,” is a 2 1/2-hour tour, for $40 per person, that travels to a local restaurant around Lake Peachtree.
Stevens also offers private golf cart tours called “R U 2 On A Date?,” that takes a couple to the dock on Lake Peachtree for a romantic viewing of the sunset or a moonlight tour around the lake to celebrate a special occasion. Prices vary according to time requested.
The fleet consists of four carts, two that seat four people (including the driver) and two that can carry five passengers.
Stevens also contracts with three other drivers when he is unavailable.
Tours can be scheduled at any time Monday through Sunday.
Peachtree City residents Nat and Lynne Drucker have known Stevens for years. The Druckers, who are golf cart- less, took a tour about a month ago.
“This gave me an opportunity to see the town in a way I’ve never seen before. When you travel around in a golf cart, you can really take in the sights. You don’t have to pay attention to the driving,” Nat Drucker said. “He’s not just driving from one place to another, he shares interesting facts and history.”
The concept to start guided tours on golf carts has been in the works since December. Stevens worked for Cooper Lighting for eight years, four of those years in Peachtree City. He left the company last month.
Stevens’ brother, Damon Stevens, kept questioning his older brother.
“Damon would say, ‘Wouldn’t you rather be outside and enjoying life,’ ” Mike Stevens said. “After contemplating that idea and hearing visitors to Cooper asking what is there to do around here, I realized I could make money giving tours and be outside.”