8 Best Golf Cart Bags | March 2017
- features eleven pockets
- integrated lift handles
- dividers are not full length
- handy built-in towel loop
- features range finder pocket
- available in many colors
- oversized ball pocket
- rain hood comes included
- expensive but well made
- features five zippered pockets
- tee storage loops
- good ratings from owners
- velour-lined valuables pocket
- integrated umbrella sleeve
- molded grab handles
Choosing A Golf Bag That Will Last
The first priority whenever choosing a golf bag should be ease of transport. A decent bag can weigh anywhere between 3-13 lbs, with lighter bags built sleek, and heavier bags built deep with added compartments and more durable material. It's important to keep in mind that the heavier a bag, the greater the need for wheels and a handle, if not a looping strap for securing that bag onto a cart. If you golf without a caddie, you may also want a bag to come with a flip stand or a molded base, either of which can enable a bag to stand upright, thereby preventing the bag's exterior from getting damp or accumulating a green film along its sides.
Precautions notwithstanding, it's safe to assume that sooner or later a golf bag is going to get wet. With that in mind, you'll want to confirm that any bag's material is either waterproof or water-resistant, and that the bag has been designed with some type of mechanism - whether it be a rain hood, a top cover, or an umbrella holder - for keeping rain from building up. Along those lines, you'll want to ensure that almost all of a bag's pockets can be secured, or zipped shut. One exception might be a mesh pocket, as the elastic band on a mesh pocket can be used to air damp items out.
Certain bags are designed with gimmicky features like a built-in radio or a cooler (for refrigerating beverages). Depending on your style, a few of these features might come in handy, although they could also deprive you of some space. The best way to account for this is by making a list of all the ancillary items that you'll need a bag to carry. Doing so will help you to determine whether a specific model can accommodate your needs.
Important Tips For Keeping Your Golf Bag Organized
When arranging a golf bag, most experts recommend that you start by placing the smallest clubs in first. These clubs should be stored inside the bag's rear compartment (i.e., the compartment that sits furthest from your body whenever the bag is strapped to your shoulder). The reason being that whenever a bag is tilted, the smallest clubs are always the least likely to teeter out, or angle forth.
Assuming your bag has four central compartments, you'll want to divide your "irons" chronologically throughout the three bottom-most compartments, while placing your woods, your wedge, and your putter in the compartment nearest the strap. Distributing the weight equally in this manner will keep your bag from getting front-heavy, and it will also make it easier to locate a specific club whenever you're trying to make a shot.
If you're constantly switching the set of clubs that you play with, it might be worth taping a list of which clubs belong in each compartment along the lip of your bag. Either that or use your cellphone to take an overhead photo of your bag with all of the clubs positioned in their proper spots.
Regarding the bag's outside pockets, the common-sense rule is that drinks and snacks should be placed in a separate pocket from towels and gloves. Towels and gloves may be sweaty, or plagued with odor-causing bacteria. Balls and tees should be afforded their own pockets, and - given these items are used so often - those pockets should be located near the bag's top. Tees, in particular, need to be separated from other items to avoid anything valuable getting punctured or damaged by way of a tee's point.
A Brief History of Golf's Most Time-Honored Course
The early days of Scottish golf were mired in controversy, much of it a result of the pastime being banned in 1457 by James II, who viewed golf as a distraction from utilitarian sports like fencing and archery. Ironically, one of golf's most common settings during this era became a sprawling green along the Scottish east coast. This green was known as St. Andrews, and - up until the royal ban was lifted in 1502 - the players at St. Andrews were defying Scottish law in open sight.
In 1552, Archbishop John Hamilton declared the links at St. Andrews officially open to the public. More than anything else, this meant mainstream acceptance for golf, wholly endorsed by the vicars of the Church, no less. Throughout the 1600s, St. Andrews proved to be a popular - if not wholly profitable - destination. The cost of maintaining the greens became so overwhelming that, for a time, a portion of the property needed to be reallocated toward selling rabbits.
The issue was that golf was largely viewed as a commoner's sport, and, as such, it failed to attract the type of audience that could afford to sustain its lavish greens. This eventually led to a lot of golf courses (including St. Andrews) being reconstituted as exclusive "clubs" for society's elite. Admission fees became memberships; donations became endowments. Every course was rebuilt around a central meeting hall, with St. Andrews becoming one of the first major clubs to downsize its course from 22 holes to 18.
Today, golf's oldest major tournament, the Open Championship, continues to be played at St. Andrews once every five years. What's more, well over 20,000 people make an annual pilgrimage to St. Andrews, where the bedrock attraction has long been a tour of the original course ... a course that was unofficially conceived well over 500 years ago.