Today we are going to find out what the best golf travel bags are for you!
For most of us golfers we have our own personal bucket list of golf courses that we dream of playing. Maybe you picked somewhere like Pinehurst, Streamsong, St. Andrews, TPC Sawgrass, or Pebble Beach.
So, you have finally booked that dream golf trip you have been dreaming about for years, but there is one problem. You don’t want to rent clubs, you want to bring your own. You don’t want to play at one of your bucket list courses and not have your own sticks.
Luckily, traveling with your own sticks isn’t as bad as it seems. The only problem is we have all seen the videos online, or even in person of how airline luggage is handled. Your clubs will probably get launched like a patriot missile at some point on their journey, so it’s best to protect your clubs with a travel bag.
Now, the hard part is finding the best golf travel bag from the hundreds of options available. Researching your options can be a difficult task. There are just so many different options, some are soft, some hard. Trying to figure out what the best golf travel bag for you is a tough task, but luckily, we have done all of the hard work for you.
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The Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian is the top of line when it comes to travel bags. It might have a bigger price tag than the others on the list, but it is well worth. You are buying a quality travel bag that will last you a life time.
When we think of Sun Mountain golf bags, we think of high quality. I have carried a Sun Mountain bag for years, and plan to for years to come. Th Sun Mountain bag is one of the very few products I have ever seen on Amazon that has a perfect 5-star rating.
So, what do you get for the high price tag? First, this bag is very light weight, weighing just 11 pounds! There won’t have to worry about paying extra fees for over weight limits on airlines. You also get some amazing handling as well; you can push and turn this bag with just one finger. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read the Amazon reviews. This is one purchase you won’t be disappointed with.
The Bag Boy T-750 Wheeled Travel Golf Cover is a award winning travel bag with extra-thick padding wrapped around. You will also be pleased to know the T-750 is also weather and tear resistant for maximum club protection.
If you are worried about storing your bag when not in use than you will love this travel bag. You can easily fold down the T-750 for easy storage.
Unless you have a staff bag, then this bag will easily fit all of your clubs. Just like any other bag when traveling, just make sure to take off the head of your driver and woods when possible.
You might not have heard of the Caddy Daddy travel bags before, but I am here to tell you that they make a decent bag. With the Caddy Daddy you get a few great features that I really like.
The best feature is their full 1-year full bag replacement warranty. Not only does this warranty cover the bag, it also covers any damage caused by the airlines. Of course, it is going to suck if you clubs get damaged in transport, but at least you know you are covered.
Even though I always recommend taking out anything valuable out of your bag and store your driver and wood heads in your carry-on. The Caddy Daddy does come with 3 oversized pockets to store anything extra you want.
You won’t have to worry about breaking your back either! The Caddy Daddy only weighs 12 pounds and has in-line wheels with a self-standing wheel base.
If you are looking for a travel bag on a very tight budget than the Himal Soft-Sided golf travel bag is for you. This bag is super cheap, as of right now it is just $43. My golf balls aren’t even that cheap! Even though it is super cheap, it is still a decent travel bag.
Even though it does have wheels, this is a no thrills bag. It is water resistant and made of a premium 600d heavy duty polyester, so it will be tough enough to protect your clubs.
Like I said, if you are on a tight budget than this bag will work. Just make sure to carefully pack your bag! Wrap towels around your iron heads and remove all driver and wood heads. It’s just not worth the risk of damaging your clubs.
Samsonite, we all know Samsonite makes some of the highest quality luggage around, and they bring the same quality with their travel bag. This bag is seriously high quality.
It is also equipped with multi-directional spinner wheels and 2 in-skate wheels that make pushing and pulling a breeze.
If you have the money for this bag then get it and have one less thing to worry about when traveling. Since they make such exceptional products they also back it with a 5 year warranty, so one less thing to worry about.
I was very impressed with the CaddyDaddy Golf Constrictor 2. This is definitely one of the best golf travel bags under $100.
You get better protection with this bag than I would have thought. The CaddyDaddy has top of the line 1800D fabric construction so your clubs stay protected.
There is just so many great features with such a small price tag, at the time of this review the CaddyDaddy Constrictor 2 is just $85. Starting out you get a 1-year full bag replacement warranty. Not only does their warranty cover the bag, they also cover any damage to the bag caused by the airlines.
I was very worried when ordering the AmazonBasics Soft-Sided travel bag. I mean, what can you expect from a golf travel bag for less than $60. Well, I was actually very surprised, this is actually a very great budget travel bag.
This bag actually feels good and it’s made of very durable nylon fabric that is reinforced at the stress points. You also don’t need to worry about lugging your bag through the airport, you get easy handling with the inline skate wheels.
I highly recommend this bag for short trips, if you are planning or longer international flights then I recommend something a little more durable. If you do plan on getting this bag, just make sure to wrap the iron heads with towels and remove the driver and wood heads.
I was very happy receiving the SKP Deluxe golf travel bag. This is one of the best travel bags if you can afford it. When I got it the SKP ATA I was very impressed. This is a form fitting hard case bag that will protect your clubs no matter how much abuse they get during your travels.
When getting a quality hard case like this you will have to take the weight into account. This bag weighs just under 20 pounds, so you will need to watch the total weight so you don’t get charged extra fees at check-in. This does come with quality wheels so you don’t need to worry about having to carrying it around.
My favorite feature isn’t even part of the bag, it’s the insurance coverage you get for free when purchasing this bag. Most bags just warranty the bag itself and not the clubs. This bag comes with $1,500 of club coverage. Seriously, if you can afford it then get this bag, you will not regret it.
I was impressed with the CaddyDaddy Golf CDX-10. It features a generous 1-year full bag replacement warranty and comes standard with in-line skate wheels.
The CDX-10 does feel great as it is heavily padded on the top and built with 600 denier nylon construction. The handling on this bag is also better than I would have thought. This is really a quality bag with a very good price tag.
This bag is heavily padded and is a decent quality travel bag for less than $100. If your budget is less than $100 than this is the bag I recommend. Just remember my packing tips when traveling with this bag as this isn’t as heavily padded as the more expensive models.
The Atletico is the cheapest option on the list and comes in just under $40. Even though the Atletico has 5mm of padding and a easy to carry strap, I would try to get something else if your budget allows.
First there are no wheels on this travel bag so you have to carry it and honestly it feels cheap, well it is cheap. You can’t expect much from a $40 travel bag. If your budget is a concern than I recommend the CaddyDaddy CDX, it less than $70 and is just a way better bag. Your clubs aren’t cheap, and when traveling with your clubs, this isn’t the place to be stingy.
Golf Club Packing Tips
Always remove your driver and wood (when possible) heads. You can put them in the pockets or just store them in your carry on. If you can’t detach the heads then wrap them towels or bubble wrap.
Wrap all your clubs with towels or bubble wrap.
Check the allowed weight for your airline and double check the weight of your bag before heading to the airport. If you don’t have a scale and live in the southeast just go to your local Publix.
Take everything expensive out of your bag, like your rangefinder and other electronics. Just stash these with your carry-on luggage.
Document everything before heading to the airport. With proper packing there is a very small chance something will happen to your clubs, but if it does you want documentation. So just snap some quick pictures with your cellphone during your packing and the finished product.
Soft Sided Vs. Hard Case Travel Bag
So, what are the pros and cons of a soft sided vs hard case golf travel bag? Well to be honest, the hard case golf bag is the best choice. But with the better bag it is going to come with a higher price tag. A hard case golf travel bag will cost you around $200, but these are the bags that come with that club coverage insurance.
The two issues with a hard case travel bag is first the cost. Like I said, these don’t come cheap. Also, the storage, one of the best things about a soft sided case is easily being able to store it. You can’t fold down a hard case, so make sure you have the extra room to store it.
With a soft sided case you don’t get all of the protection of the hard case. With the soft sided you can easily fold it down and store it anywhere. Also, you can save a lot of money, as soft sided cases are usually a lot cheaper.
What to Look for in a Golf Travel Bag
If this is your first travel bag then you will quickly learn there are hundreds of different options out there and it’s easy to get lost.
Where Should I Buy My New Golf Travel Bag?
You can buy your new bag anywhere you want, online or in-person. I do recommend purchasing from Amazon as they have always been good to me with returns. I do recommend going to a local store to see the bags in-person. That way you can get the feel and make sure it is something you will love.
Here are a few key factors when picking out your new golf travel bag.
For a lot of us, price is one of the biggest determine factors for a new bag. Golf is already expensive so you want to save money where you can, but you don’t want to sacrifice quality. You can find a great travel bag that won’t break the bank and is built to last. Golf clubs can cost thousands of dollars, so you don’t want to cheap out when picking a new travel bag, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend $500, when a $200 travel bag is just as good.
The weight is a factor that a lot of people overlook until it’s too late and you are stuck paying the extra fees at the airport. That and carrying around a hard case, and your clubs is going to be a pain to carry around. I highly recommend getting a light soft-shell bag. This will be easier to carry around and it will still protect your clubs.
You always want to check on the storage capacity when purchasing a new travel bag. Even though this usually doesn’t matter when you have a smaller carry or stand but, but if you have a cart or staff but then you should worry about it more.
The warranty is very important when shopping. Most budget bags have a 1-year warranty on the bag itself, which is fine and great. Some of the more expensive bags not only have a warranty on the bag but on the clubs as well. You can get up to $2000 worth of club coverage when you travel, but if you follow my advice on packing your bag for travel you should never need it. But it is great to have just in case!
I really hope this guide helped make your buying decision easier. You don’t need to just use this guide, go ahead and talk to friends and look on forums as well. You should buy a bag you think you will keep for a long time.
Also, this are just the 10 bags I thought were the most important. I am sure there are other great bags out there that I didn’t see or find. I just think these are the most important and best 10 out there. If you know of another great golf travel bag then make sure to drop me a line!