Best Golf Travel Bags

By Michael Joseph

As great as it may be to vacation at your favorite golf resort, getting your clubs there is always a pain. You cram those enormous travel bags in your trunk and lug them around the airport, only to find your clubs damaged when you arrive at your destination. Those giant canvas bags once considered the safest way to transport your clubs are a thing of the past. Now there are a variety of sizes and styles of golf travel bags to help ensure your clubs survive the journey.

Over-sized Bags

Club Gloves Last Bag is the No. 1 travel bag used on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour. The Last Bag has internal pockets and security straps, external shoe pockets, an extra-padded hood, and wheels. Club Glove offers a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from which is helpful when waiting for your clubs at baggage claim trying to decipher which black bag is yours. Custom embroidery is also available at additional charge. Last Bag contains a lifetime warranty.

Ogio's Mammoth Bag can fit most oversize golf bags and features detachable shoe pockets. The Mammoth Bag rolls on four spinning wheels which allows you to easily navigate around the crowds at the airport. Ogio's distinctive design stands out from the crowd and is easy to spot.

Datrek's AT-Xtreme Bag is one of the largest on the market at 52 inches. The additional length can accommodate over-sized drivers and bags. AT-Xtreme Bag includes an interior pocket, two external pockets, a hard-top helmet, combination lock and oversize wheels.

Mid-size Bags

Ogio's Monster Bag has a hard plastic bottom which allows the bag to stand up straight. The four large exterior pockets offer plenty of room for extras. The Monster Bag weighs in at a hefty 14.8 lbs.

Club Glove Burst Proof with wheels is a smaller version of the Last Bag. It still fits all stand bags and over-sized drivers. Internal security straps, the extra-padded hood, and its light weight makes this bag a great choice. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and a variety of colors and patterns.

Callaway X-Series Bag holds stand bags with 9 1/2-inch tops, most cart bags and clubs up to 46 inches long. A hard plastic shell on the back of the bag and padded hood helps protect your clubs.

Tour Trek Staff Bag Hard Travel Cover is the ultimate in security. The outside is made entirely of unbreakable ABS plastic. A 3/4-inch interior foam padding protect the clubs from being damaged on the inside. The large size does make it difficult to store after your trip.

Regardless of the bag you choose, a must-have accessory for soft-top travel bags is Club Glove's Stiff Arm. Insert the Stiff Arm in your golf bag along with your clubs. Adjust the length to slightly longer than the longest club in your bag. The hard plastic top absorbs all the pressure of any vertical strike against the bag.

Hybrid Travel Covers

Hybrid Travel Covers requires only one bag to travel with because the bag itself converts into a travel bag--a good choice for someone who wants to travel light.

The Callaway Golf Hybrid Cover can fit a full set of clubs, is lightweight and has wheels. A removable hard protective helmet attaches right to the bag. Just remove the helmet and you're ready for the links.

The Cargo Golf Pro-750 2-n-1 Bag is fully crush resistant from top to bottom. The bag can hold a full set of clubs, has a removable hard protective cover and wheels. A patented self-retracting locking pin secures the cover to the bag, but cannot be locked if the pin is lost.

About The Author

Michael Joseph is a golf industry professional in New Jersey. He has worked as a golf professional, instructor, and clubmaker. Joseph's education includes a degree in golf operations management and a certification in club-fitting from The Golf Academy of America (formally the San Diego Golf Academy). Joseph shares his golf experience and knowledge with others by writing articles for Demand Media Studios and Golflink.com.

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