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How to Travel With a Golf Bag and Clubs By Plane

With the winter season upon us it’s time to plan a getaway. If you are a golfer, what a better way to relax after the bustle of the holiday season than planning a golfing trip to warmer weather. To fully enjoy the trip it would be ideal to bring your own clubs that you are most used to rather than renting them. So, how would you go about bringing your clubs with you? Here are some tips that you may find useful.

Check Airline Policies

Airlines have different policies on flying with golf bags. If you are flexible on which airline you use then it would be a good idea to check different policies to find the cheapest option. Most airlines will require a hard case for the bag and clubs otherwise they will not be liable for any damage. Generally, a minimum requirement to avoid extra fees is to keep the bag and clubs under 50 lbs. Here a some links to airlines policies on special luggage:

Find a Hard or Soft Case

As mentioned earlier, most airlines won’t accept liability for your clubs if they aren’t in a hard case. Therefore, I would recommend finding a good hard case but you could go with a soft case if you ensure that you pack the clubs carefully so they won’t break in transit. Here are three great options for a full soft case, a soft case with hard top and a full hard case.

  • CaddyDaddy Golf Constrictor 2 Travel Cover. This full soft bag is heavily padded on top to protect clubs but I would also recommend using the Bag Boy Backbone travel cover support system. This will give extra room above the club heads to protect them while the bag is being handled.
  • Bag Boy T-10 Hard Top Travel Cover. This bag will give you the protection around the clubs that a full hard bag will but will also be lighter due to the polyester body material. This is a great option if you want good protection and want to ensure that you will be under the 50 lb airline weight limit.
  •  SKB Deluxe ATA Golf Travel Case. This will provide the ultimate protection for your clubs. The full hard body will protect your clubs throughout the trip and ensure they will arrive at your destination safe and ready to go.

Pack the Bag

Pick up some golf club head covers such as these from Craftsman Golf. It is a small investment to protect your clubs while traveling. Pack lightweight clothing items around the clubs so they won’t shift and knock into each other while being handled. Leave golf balls out of the bag and place into other pieces of luggage or purchase them at your destination. This will keep the weight of the luggage down so you won’t exceed the weight limit of the airline. Leave special equipment, such as a range finder, out of the bag and leave at home or take with you in a separate bag where it won’t be damaged.

Another Option

If you don’t like the thought of bringing your clubs through the airport and sending them as a checked bag, another option to consider is shipping your bag. This will take a little more planning to ensure that your clubs arrive on time but it will save you the hassle of bringing them yourself. The cost may be more to ship them but it is a good option to consider while planning your trip.

Playing at a top golf course just isn’t the same without your own clubs. Sure you can rent them but if you want to really enjoy the experience as it should be, then you need your own. Consider a golf winter getaway and use these tips to successfully travel with your clubs.

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7 thoughts on “How to Travel With a Golf Bag and Clubs By Plane

  1. Ryan Basham says:

    There are some great tips in here. I have yet to take my golf clubs on a vacation in which we have flown. I’d really like to do this in the future. Like you said, it wouldn’t be the same without your own clubs. Curious, have you looked into the various options for shipping clubs? Any insight into which service is has the best price…USPS, UPS, FEDEX, etc. ?

    1. Thanks for the comment, Ryan! For shipping the clubs it depends on how far and how fast you want the clubs to get there. From what I can find, it appears that FedEx has the best prices. They can also provide specialty boxes that will fit the golf clubs. Thanks again!


  2. I never thought that airplanes had policies that won’t allow the transportation of golf equipment. I have started playing golf a few months ago. Although I didn’t find it amusing in the beginning, I can say that I really like the relaxing and nice atmosphere a golf match brings to the table. What is the actual difference between your own golf clubs and rented ones?

    1. Thanks for the comment, John! Golfing definitely is a great way to relax and enjoy being outside. I enjoy using my own clubs because I have certain clubs, such as different wedges and my putter, that I like to use on the course. Also, I am tall so having my clubs that fit my height make it more enjoyable for me. Thanks again!

  3. Karen Fourie says:

    I don’t believe it.  So, airlines have policies about your gold bag and flying in the plane.  This is great to know beforehand as we are planning a family holiday at the end of this year and my son-in-law that is a golf fanatic will take his with.   Do you perhaps know if national flights also have policies? I will have to tell him that we will have to look into this before getting on the plane.  Thanks for helping me with this one. 🙂

  4. Shanta Rahman says:

    Many thanks to you for sharing your wonderful article with us .I’m a golfer and this is my favorite sport .I planned and enjoyed the golfing trip in warm weather .I enjoy traveling with golf bags and clubs by plane .I found flexible cheaper alternatives using the airline .I have never experienced any loss .And I think compliance with the necessary rules does not cause harm .I always look for a good hard case and pack the clubs carefully .This complete soft bag is padded on top to protect the CaddyDaddy  Golf Constructor 2 Travel Cover Clubs .The SKB Deluxe ATA Golf Travel Case provided the ultimate protection for my clubs .Planning a trip is very important .This is how I travel with golf bags and clubs by plane .

    Lastly, I hope that by reading your article, everyone will find some wonderful ideas and will definitely share their experiences with you .

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