Today we will be doing golf travel bag reviews. We will find out what is the best golf travel bags for you!
Some people want to see a game in every Major League Baseball stadium. Some want to see a basketball game in a historic venue like Madison Square Garden. Some would love nothing better than watching the tennis finals at Wimbledon.
For us golf fans, our sports bucket list may include Torrey Pines, TPC Scottsdale, Augusta National, or even international destinations like Scotland or Dubai. Whatever your destination, you have two likely options for clubs. You can take your clubs with you, or you can rent clubs.
Airlines really don’t mind having golf bags as luggage. Most airlines don’t have an additional charge as long as you are within the weight limits of normal checked baggage (usually 40-50lbs). Depending on your actual equipment, the style of golf travel bag, and a few other factors, it is unlikely you would exceed the weight limits.
What is the lightest golf travel bag? What is the difference between a hard and soft golf travel bag? What is the easiest golf travel bag to travel with? How much does a high quality golf travel bag cost?
Some of you may be first time buys for a golf travel bag or golf travel case, and some of you may be looking to replace what you have. Whatever your situation, we will answer all of the questions and more!
Top 10 Best Golf Travel Bag Reviews for 2020
Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, the lightest, the best-quality or the prettiest (I actually didn’t do a review for the prettiest, sorry) golf travel bag, hopefully these reviews will steer you in the right direction.
Here are the best golf travel bags 2020:
- Porterline 901
- Samsonite 6850
- Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian
- Bag Boy T-10
- Athletico Padded Travel Bag
- Club Glove Last Bag XL Pro Tour
- AmazonBasics Soft Sided Travel Bag
- Plano Deluxe Golf Guard
- Ogio Straight Jacket
- TourTrek Premium Hardcase Travel Cover
1. Porterline 901
Once you add tax and shipping, this hybrid golf travel bag could cost around $400, but from what I can tell, it could be well worth it. This is one of the heavier bags I reviewed, weighing in at about 18lbs.
As a hybrid golf travel bag, it is a direct replacement for your normal bag. When you buy this you get a wheeled golf bag with extendable pull handle, locking hard cover, and a rain cover.
The bag itself is heavy duty and quality made, the hard cover will cover the clubs and keep them safe during transport, and the rain cover is used during play on the course.
Although one of the most expensive, this is one of the highest-quality golf travel bags I have found. I give this the award for best hybrid golf travel bag, and a score of 9 out of 10.
2. Samsonite 6850
All of my normal luggage is Samsonite, so I was excited to be able to try and review this hard sided golf travel case. Not only does this match my luggage, it is the same high-quality as my luggage.
There are 4 spinner wheels and 2 inline wheels, so dragging this case around is easy whether it’s standing up or you’re pulling from the end.
I have extra long clubs and had no issues fitting them and my shoes in the case. The only issue with this (and any hard case) is space. The case is 54 inches long, so be sure you have room in a rental car, and at your home for storage. My rental car was a convertible sports car, and I had to switch to a small SUV for the extra room.
This Samsonite gets my award for best hard shell golf travel bag, and most protective golf travel bag (for airlines). Overall, I was a huge fan or this bag and gave it a score of 9.5 out of 10.
3. Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian
This soft sided golf travel bag was the biggest surprise for my reviews. I know that Sun Mountain is a great brand, but I was skeptical of a 100% soft bag. Boy was I wrong. This bag offers as much or more protection than most hard sided golf travel bags.
The real feature isn’t the protection of the clubs, but the ease of moving it around. There are retractable, wheeled legs that hold the bag at around a 45 degree angle. In all actuality, a 3 year old or a 103 year old could easily move this bag around the airport.
If you are disabled, getting weak, of have a long way to travel on foot, this might be the perfect bag for you! The weight of the bag is only 11lbs so even when it isn’t balanced on its retractable legs, it’s still pretty light.
This bag wins the award for best golf travel bag, and easiest golf travel bag to move, and best soft sided golf bag. Although the price may be inhibitive for some people, I can not think of a way to improve on this bag. I give it 10 out 10!
4. Bag Boy T-10
This is actually the newer version of the first golf travel bag I ever purchased for my wife and I. This is both soft and hard sided. The portion that covers the clubs that are exposed, is hard, while the body of the bag is soft.
This is a favorite of mine because it stores easily while you aren’t using it. All you need to do is fold the soft portion into the hard portion. There are wheels on the bottom, with a handle on the top for pulling around, and there is a handle midway up if you prefer to carry it like a giant duffle bag.
If you have a cart bag or stand bag you should be fine with this one. If you have a staff bag, even a medium one, you will likely need something else. This bag wins the award for easiest golf travel bag to store. I give it a 7 out of 10 rating.
5. Athletico Padded Travel Bag
When this bag arrived, I was a little worried about the quality and its ability to protect my clubs. So, I loaded up my old clubs, in my old bag and got them into the Athletico bag. There was more room than I thought, and the bag is padded.
Knowing the bag isn’t as protective as the ones I am used to, I asked the bag check guy to put a “fragile” tag on it. 5 hours and 1300 miles later, I retrieved my bags from the baggage claim.
Once I arrived at my Airbnb I unpacked my clubs only to have the head of my driver tumble out of the bag. On my way home, the shoulder strap broke as I was walking into the airport.
Bottom line on this one, unless this is all you can afford, spend your money elsewhere. Poor quality, no wheels, and light padding are the biggest downfalls of this bag. It is super light, and very inexpensive though. This bag gets the award for least expensive golf travel bag. I give it a 3 out of 10.
6. Club Glove Last Bag XL Pro Tour
Staff bag owners, this is the travel bag for you! This is a huge golf travel bag. My bag and clubs looked tiny sitting in this monster! This bag is made of high-quality materials, including the zippers. It is super sturdy, especially for a soft sided bag. There is a 5-year no questions asked warranty available at an extra cost for the bag.
If you’re a serious traveler, you can purchase the rolling duffle and actually connect the gold bag to the duffle and pull or push as one. When I reviewed this bag, it included a “stiff arm”, basically a telescoping pole that helps protect the clubs. This bag comes in more than 15 colors including camo.
With a great design, quality materials, and the fact that it is made in the USA, there are only 2 reasons this didn’t get the top spot. First, it is quite expensive. Second, it is not as easy to move around as the Sun Mountain bag that took the top spot.
This bag does win a couple awards though; best large sized golf travel bag, and with the stiff arm included, most protective soft sided golf travel bag. This bag gets a rating of 9.5 out of 10.
7. AmazonBasics Soft Sided Travel Bag
Apparently Amazon saw there is a marked for soft sided golf bags, and decided to make their own. This bag is actually a pretty good value for the price. (Full disclosure, I didn’t review this bag, I got my info from a buddy I used to be in a golf league with).
This soft sided bag has no trouble with a stand bag or a cart bag, and easily fits a standard driver. There are also external pockets for extra storage.
There are wheels on this bag, but according to Chris (my buddy) they only lasted halfway through his second trip. They aren’t the inline skate wheels that high-end manufacturers use, they are more like carry on luggage wheels.
All things said, Chris has been very pleased with this bag, but said if he had more expensive clubs, he’d probably buy something a little better. This AmazonBasics bag is awarded, best bang for your buck. I also give it a rating of 6 out of 10.
8. Plano Deluxe Golf Guard
Plano is a plastic molding company, not necessarily a golf bag company. You may have a tackle box from Plano, sitting in your garage. (I do) This hard sided golf travel bag is affordable, yet durable.
The case is larger than I thought it would be, but I am not quite sure a staff bag would fit inside. Even though this is a pretty basic case, it has some great features, like the oversized wheels.
Even though the case felt sturdy, I packed my club heads with a couple towels, socks and underwear, just to be safe. Overall this hard sided golf travel bag gets a 6.5 out of 10 and is an excellent value for the money.
9. Ogio Straight Jacket
At one time Ogio was a well known and trusted name for quality golf bags. This bag is large, has plenty of room for clubs, bag, all your fun golf accessories, shoes and even rain gear.
The wheels on the bag, while not the best on the market are above average. That’s where the compliments stop. Unfortunately, this bag is made poorly, with sub par materials. (I don’t mean sub par like an eagle) The zippers are poor quality, the outer shell also wears quickly.
One positive about this, even with things breaking and tearing, the clubs will stay protected. I would suggest looking at the BagBoy T-10. This bag gets a rating of 4 out of 10.
10. TourTrek Premium Hardcase Travel Cover
I received this case about 3 weeks after I received the Samsonite hard sided case. I really don’t know if the same company manufactures both of these, but they are so similar they have to be cousins, if not brothers.
This also has 4 swivel wheels on the bottom and 2 inline wheels for pulling. This case looks slightly different than the Samsonite but seems to have the same quality. I like this just as much as the Samsonite, and it performed equally as good.
This case shares my award for best hard shell golf travel bag, and most protective golf travel bag with its cousin, Samsonite. It receives the same rating of 9.5 out of 10.
Soft Sided vs. Hard Case Travel Bag
What are the pros and cons of a soft sided vs a hard case golf travel bag? Well, a hard case will protect your clubs better. The rigid material used to make the hard cases wont bend or flex as easily as a soft cast.
So, whether the case is at the bottom of a luggage pile, or being thrown onto the baggage claim conveyor belt, there is less chance to damage a club.
Hard cases are typically a little heavier than their soft counterparts, and don’t store as well. If you have limited space to keep your golf stuff, being able to fold up a golf travel bag is a huge advantage.
I have a giant cabinet in my garage to keep all my golf stuff. It is probably around 7ft tall, 4ft wide and 30 inches deep. It has a shelf one side about 5ft up and open on the other. Even with all this room, I need to keep my travel bags on top of this cabinet.
How Much Should I Spend on a Travel Bag?
This is entirely up to you, but I would base the decision on how much you travel, and how much money you have spent on your clubs. If your clubs are a $100 starter set, you probably don’t need a $400 golf travel bag.
On the flip side, if you have $2,000 clubs, you may want something a little better quality. I think a general guideline would be to spend between 20-30% of what you spent on clubs.
Where Should I Buy My Golf Travel Bag?
You can buy these online at places like Amazon. You can buy these at golf stores. You can buy these at sporting goods stores. No matter where you make the final purchase, you should always try to see these in person before buying them.
You may think you want one bag, get to the store to see it, and decide you don’t like the way it pulls, or the quality is poor, or whatever. If you decide to skip this step, be sure wherever you get the bag from, has a reasonable return policy. I would hate to have you stuck with a bag you don’t like.
What Else Should I Know?
If you are planning to purchase a soft golf travel bag, spend the extra $30 and get the support pole. When you travel, but this in your bag and extend it just past your longest club. These truly do help keep your clubs safe, and are for sure worth the $30 extra.
Durability is important too. As we found out in the reviews, just because something is more expensive, doesn’t mean it better. Be sure that whatever bag you choose, will last for a while.
Inspect the wheels and outer shell. Check the inside as well. If it seems cheaply made when it’s brand new, just think how it will hold up to being loaded and unloaded from an airplane.
I really hope this guide helps you to make your buying decision. In addition to using this guide, reach out to your local golf pro, and ask friends that golf about their experiences. Just because one product is good for one person, doesn’t mean it is the best for you.
I only reviewed 10 golf bags, the ones I thought would have the most impact on your decision on what to buy. There are hundreds more out there, one may be the best for you, now you should have the knowledge you need to make that decision!