Tips for Traveling with your Golf Clubs
- Try to get a non-stop flight.
- Get a durable, well-made travel bag.
- If you use a soft-sided bag, don’t forget to pack a golf club protection device.
- Don’t forget that golf bags are considered «oversized check-in».
- Add some personal ID marking to your bag.
Can I bring golf clubs on a plane?
Airlines and government agencies prohibit you from taking a single golf club on a plane as hand luggage as it could be used as a weapon. You will therefore have to check in your golf club with the rest of your checked luggage but remember to protect it properly.
Do you need a golf bag to check golf clubs on a plane?
Can I Take My Golf Clubs on a Plane? — Almost every airline treats golf clubs as standard luggage. TSA generally permits golf bags as checked luggage but not as carry-on. But pay attention to the fine print: it’s up to the TSA officer at the gate whether or not you’ll be allowed through with your golf bag.
Are golf clubs oversized baggage?
Have a tee time waiting? Better hurry up and find that travel bag. Getty Images Welcome to Road Rules , a GOLF. com series in which we pick the brains of expert golf travelers, ranging from professional golfers and caddies to globetrotting course raters and teachers. We’ll unlock their must-have travel items, go-to airline tips and more to inform you for your next golf excursion.
Every golfer who has ever traveled with their clubs has felt the stomach-turning mix of excitement and concern: you touch down at your destination, giddy for your trip but worried about the whereabouts of your golf bag.
Did it make it? And, assuming that it did, will it show up on the carousel, or at the oversized baggage drop? You can’t be in two places at once, and you don’t want your precious sticks to sit unattended. In the grand scheme of things, this is what is known as a privileged problem.
But that doesn’t make it any less real. The Twitter account @TheParTrain recently broached this topic, and we figured it was worth checking out. Because you know what? It’s a great question. Dear airports, We need you to make it more clear which baggage claim our clubs are coming out of.
Is it the regular carousel or the oversized bags area? Sincerely, Every golfer who’s ever panicked about their clubs being lost — The Par Train (@TheParTrain) January 25, 2022 The first thing to know is that there’s no hard-set rule. Different airports have different capacities and protocols.
But at most major airports in the U. , chances are your clubs will go to oversized baggage. At smaller, regional airports, the odds are greater that they’ll appear on the baggage carousel. Many of these facilities, like the airport in North Bend, Ore.
, which serves Bandon Dunes, don’t even have oversize bag drops. Something similar is true in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where oversize drops are more the exception than the rule. Your clubs will likely come out on the standard carousel. No matter where you’re traveling, if you have any baggage-drop doubts, ask an airport attendant where you should be waiting. Travel mailbag: How far in advance do I need to book a Bandon Dunes trip? By: Josh Sens And if you can’t find an attendant? Draw upon your keen powers of observation. Go to the baggage carousel first and see what kind of bags are coming out. Are you seeing baby strollers, surfboards and other oversize items? If not, you’re probably standing in the wrong place. And if all of this uncertainty is too much for your frayed nerves? You might turn to technological assistance.
- We guarantee they’ve fielded this question before;
- They’ll have an answer;
- The market is filled with affordable, mini-tracking devices, including AirTag, Tile and Chipolo, that can be attached easily to your golf bag, allowing you to track them, real-time, on your phone;
Of course, your tracking device might tell you that your sticks have gone to the wrong city. That’s when a whole new adventure begins.
- road rules
Golf. com A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes across all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.
Do airlines charge for golf bags?
On my recent trip to the stunning new Streamsong golf resort in Florida, I left something in my room when I checked out — my golf clubs. And it wasn’t by mistake. I had been invited by Ship Sticks , a two-year old company that specializes in shipping golf clubs to and from resorts for traveling golfers, to test out their service and see if it was worth writing about.
It was, for sure. Not only was it ultra-convenient and hassle free, with great customer service, but it can save you money at the same time. The concept itself is not new, and several years ago, I similarly tested another service called Sports Express, now part of Luggage Forward.
At the time, shipping your clubs was a convenience and a luxury, one that you paid pretty dearly for. But the landscape has changed dramatically and not only is the concept now affordable, it can be cheaper than carrying your clubs yourself. It is also much easier and can save you significant travel time.
- Partly due to the explosion of e-commerce in recent years, cargo carriers like UPS and FedEx have retooled to offer big volume discounts to corporate customers, with rates that pale in comparison to those you and I pay to ship individual packages;
At the same time, shippers have become much more sophisticated and can analyze myriad route options and choose between carriers to get lower prices than ever. After all, if Amazon. com can ship a tube of toothpaste to its Prime customers in 2-days or less while charging nothing for freight and still make a profit, you know shipping rates have gotten aggressive.
«We are about 50% less than using UPS or FedEx yourself on any air service, but we use UPS and FedEx,» said Ship Sticks CEO and Founder Nick Coleman. «Our platform finds the fastest routing for the lowest price based on where you live and where you are going.
But one thing most people don’t understand is how we track the service. If you ship a bag from New York to Pebble Beach, it’s going to pass through several hubs and scans. We know the routing it is going to take and we track every scan, and if one gets missed we know right away and we call the carrier and if we have to we upgrade the shipping [say from 3-day to overnight] at our expense to get it there on time.
- No one else in the industry does that;
- It’s very important to us that the clubs arrive in time and in the rare case bags to do get delayed, which can happen, we give the customer a $200 credit for rental clubs, balls, etc;
so they can play the day they arrive. » While shipping screw ups with FedEx and UPS can happen, they are rare — much rarer than screw-ups with checked baggage by airlines. When I flew to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes, United sent my clubs on vacation to Hawaii, where they relaxed for days and didn’t show up until the day I was heading home.
Here’s how it works and why the service is so good. You simply go online to the Ship Stick site , enter your address and where you are going and get an instant price quote. Place your order and labels are emailed to you to print at home.
At both ends, before leaving and upon return, I also got personal follow ups from customer service reps and this is standard Ship Sticks practice, not special treatment. You simply attach the label to your travel golf case and that’s it — no special bags, boxes, packing materials.
The weight allowance is generous enough for you to add shoes, balls and clothing. Your clubs go to the resort and in most cases are waiting for you in your room or on the cart when you are ready to tee off.
At the end of the trip if it is a facility Ship Sticks works directly with, you simply leave your clubs at the bag drop or even in your hotel room, as I did at Streamsong, and the resort does the labeling and shipping. If it is not, you attach the return label and leave it with the concierge.
«You can ship your clubs to any course, but we work directly with larger resorts like Bandon Dunes, Grand del Mar, PGA National, and they have our system built in and can print labels and schedule pick-ups automatically.
We work directly with 92 of Golf Digest’s Top 100 courses, public and private, including places like Shinnecock Hills and National Golf Links. » Rates for a golf bag up to 48 pounds start at $39 each way for ground shipping ($49 for 3-day, $59 for 2-day, $69 for next day) depending on how far you are going, and when I sampled about the longest trip you could do in the continental US, New York City to the Pebble Beach Golf Resort, the price was $59.
- Most US airlines charge $35 for a second bag, which is what your golf clubs usually are;
- Many charge much more, $75-$150, if you need to check a third bag;
- Fly a high fee airline like Spirit, which charges $55 for a second checked bag at the airport, and you are probably going to save money by shipping;
Ship Sticks is also significantly cheaper, often less than half the price, than its competition: according to its website, Luggage Forward charges flat rates of $89 or $99 each way for ground (for 40 pounds and 50 pounds respectively) and a whopping $159 or $189 for 2-day.
- Then there is the convenience — you never take your bags out of your home or out of the resort;
- They are more likely to arrive on time and you are better protected if they don’t;
- At most airports, even for elite level fliers whose luggage gets priority handling, golf clubs are treated separately and are the last thing off the plane, often at a different baggage carousel;
Almost every time I fly with my clubs, and I do it a lot, I am the last one to leave and in many cases, I’d be out of the airport 20 minutes sooner — at both ends — if I didn’t fly with my clubs. «Many golf travelers need to rent a bigger car or SUV just for getting their clubs from the airport to the resort, and that upgrade alone can cost more than the shipping,» said Coleman.
- «Airlines continue to raise prices — some are even charging for carry-ons now;
- Theirs keeps going up and ours keep going down;
- It is already more convenient and soon it will be cheaper as well;
- » American just announced an increase in the price of a second checked bag to Europe to $100 each way, approaching the price Ship Sticks charges to send your clubs to Ireland or Scotland;
As an avid skier, I know that flying with skis is even worse than clubs, because skis weigh very little, you can’t really pack much else with them, and you need a lot more clothing and other gear on ski trips, yet the airlines charge you just as much.
How much does it cost to put golf clubs on a plane?
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The cost is roughly the same — and possibly cheaper Unless you have elite status with your airline and can check bags for free, flying with your clubs will likely run anywhere from $50 to $150.
Does TSA Search golf bags?
Logo golf balls Carrying extra items on a plane can be a hassle. They add bulk and the electronics can get flagged for a hand search at TSA security lines.
Are hard or soft golf travel bags better?
Different Types of Golf Travel Bag — Golf club travel bags come in several shapes and sizes. Technically, you can place your rain cover over the top of your bag and send the bag that way, but that’s extremely risky. The best option is a «hard case» made of plastic or fiberglass.
The hard case provides the highest level of protection and many airlines require them for golf bags. The soft bag is a cloth cover that is less expensive but provides minimal protection. If you’re only traveling once a year with your clubs, you may be able to get away with a soft cover.
If you’re traveling a lot with your clubs, you’ll need a hard case. However, some soft covers offer almost as much protection as the hard case. Integrated bags offer the best of both worlds: a bag that’s almost as sturdy as a hard case but usable on the golf course.
Are golf clubs oversized baggage Southwest?
Golf equipment. Golf bag in hard golf bag carrying case provided by Passenger, including clubs, balls, and shoes. Hooded golf bags or golf bags in a soft-sided carrying case provided by the Passenger will be conditionally accepted. Overweight charges will apply to golf bags exceeding 50 pounds.
Can I take golf balls in hand luggage?
Carry on Bags vs. Checked Bags — The TSA state that you are allowed to bring golf balls on a plane in both your carry on and checked bags. There is no specified limit to how many golf balls you can bring with you, which is good news if you’re like us and tend to lose at least a couple a round.
How much does a bag of golf clubs weigh?
At some point you’ll need to take your golf clubs to a place you normally don’t bring them. This is a situation where knowing the total weight of your clubs is useful. In short, the average set of golf clubs weighs around 30 pounds (13. 6 kilos). This accounts for a complete set of 14 clubs inside your average sized golf bag. A standard golf bag accounts for 3 to 5 pounds of the figure. There are many factors which can add additional pounds to the overall weight such as:
- Using a staff bag instead of a carry or stand bag
- Placing items inside your bag such as umbrellas, bottles, and golf ball finders
- Packing clubs with large heads