The 10 Best Golf Travel Bags
10. Ogio Straight Jacket
- low profile yet stylish
- holds tour and stand bags
- exterior fabric could be stronger
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
9. Samsonite Hard Sided
- padded and quilted interior
- compression straps for security
- too big to fit into smaller cars
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
8. Bag Boy T-700
- zipper can be locked
- accommodates oversized clubs
- inner stitching tends to fray
|Rating||3.5 / 5.0|
7. Izzo Padded Cover
- ideal for occasional travel
- carrying strap included
- does not have wheels
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
6. SKB ATA Standard
- seal keeps out dust and dirt
- latches in three places
- no pockets for accessories
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
5. Golf Travel Bags Caravan
- five color options
- hard bumpers on bottom
- tight fit for most drivers
|Brand||Golf Travel Bags|
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
4. K-Cliffs Mini
- detachable plastic tube inside
- water-resistant material
- zipper feels awkward to some
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
3. Caddy Daddy Constrictor 2
- holds most standard sized bags
- two address label slots
- internal and external compression
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
2. Club Glove Last Bag
- holds clubs up to 47 inches long
- backed by a lifetime warranty
- can stand up on its own
|Model||The Last Bag|
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
1. Sun Mountain Clubglider Meridian
- available in several colors
- heavy-duty two-way zippers
- durable vinyl-reinforced nylon
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
How to Choose a Proper Travel Bag for Golf
The more you golf, the more you understand the importance of owning a reliable travel bag for your clubs. Whereas amateur players might enjoy hitting the links during a vacation, a lot of avid golfers make it a point to compete in several tournaments a year. Either way, an appropriate travel bag becomes a must.
If you're constantly traveling by air, it makes sense to select a hard-shell transport case for your clubs. The majority of these hard-shell cases are made out of hermetically-sealed polyethylene or ABS plastic, either of which can absorb the brunt of getting tossed onto a luggage trolley or an airport carousel. Hard-shell travel cases are generally designed with wheels, which are essential, given that these cases tend to weigh between 14 and 20 pounds without the added bulk of clubs.
Travel bags that are made out of polyester, nylon, or any other type of durable material tend to weigh less than 10 pounds, which makes them easier to haul on your shoulder. Fabric bags are also more flexible than their hard-shell counterparts, and they are designed with an array of compartments, which is great for accessing minor items on the go. It should be noted, however, that any fabric bag might yield the potential for wear and tear, especially if its material has not been reinforced along the bottom.
In the event that you need a travel golf bag, it might be worth making a list of all the items you'd like that bag to accommodate, including tees, balls, and other handheld accessories. Once you've done that, you can determine whether a specific model has ample storage space or compartments based on mapping out where each of those items should go.
Several Tips for Taking a Set of Golf Clubs on The Road
Your golf clubs are your babies. With that in mind, you'll want to treat those clubs with the utmost care whenever you're traveling. If you're traveling by car, you may want to fasten your golf bag into the backseat by way of seat belts or onto the roof by way of ropes or cords. In lieu of those options, you'll want to place your bag inside the trunk, but only after your other luggage has been loaded in first. Prioritizing in this manner will minimize any risk of your clubs getting damaged. Wrapping your golf bag in a blanket can further protect your clubs from a sudden jolt whenever you hit the brakes, or pass over a bump.
If your golf bag has wheels, you may want to rely on those wheels as a means of hauling that bag through an airport or a hotel. Using a strap taxes your shoulders, and a strap may also cause your clubs to bang around whenever that bag hits your waist.
If you're checking in your golf bag as luggage with an airline, make sure to place a "Handle With Care" sticker along that bag's side, (you can purchase these stickers at any stationery store). You want an airline's luggage handlers to use extreme caution, regardless of the airline's reputation. The same goes for placing your clubs inside the cargo hold of a bus or a train.
The lion's share of public transportation companies will claim they are not obligated to compensate you for items that they deem to be "improperly packaged" or that might have been damaged due to "routine wear and tear." There are a few ways to get around this, but doing so won't change the fact that you won't be able to use your golf bag — or perhaps even your golf clubs — the rest of the time that you're away from home.
A Brief History of Golf
The modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland, where it was banned for a time by James II, who felt the game represented a distraction to Scotsmen who should be practicing archery, which was considered a more conventional sport. Ironically, this ban was lifted in 1502 by James IV, a direct descendant of James II who had begun to play golf himself.
During the 16th century, Archbishop Hamilton of Scotland granted permission for the waterside greens along St. Andrews to be repurposed as a golf course. This became a symbol of mainstream acceptance for golf, and it subsequently resulted in St. Andrews being viewed as hallowed ground for golfing fans throughout Europe.
Up until the 1700s, most golf games were played by adhering to unofficial rules. These rules became standardized, however, under the game's first governing body, an organization known as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. In 1764, this ruling body began to recognize a full "round" of golf as comprising 18 holes (as opposed to the previous 16 to 22).
Golf's first "Open Championship" took place in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1860. This highly competitive tournament proved to be such a success that golf made its way across the Atlantic. The first U.S. country clubs began opening in New York toward the end of the 19th century. Such "clubs" usually featured an 18-hole golf course that was connected to a lavish meeting hall reserved for society's elite.
During the 1920s, experienced golfers and their caddies took to using custom-made bags to tote a full arsenal of clubs. Motorized carts were added into the mix a few decades later, rendering it much easier for even the most out-of-shape golfers to enjoy a full day on the links.
Today, it is estimated that 25 million people play golf worldwide, with more than 23,000 of those people continuing to make an annual pilgrimage to St. Andrew's — a 500-year-old golf club that currently features seven full-length greens.