Travelling to junior golf tournaments is a lot of fun - especially airline travel for kids - but it can also be a real hassle with all the bags and equipment to deal with. In addition, unlike adult golf clubs, if a junior's golf clubs are damaged by the airline you cannot easily replace them in time for a tournament. For this reason it is critical to have a good travel bag or golf club travel case (hard case) that will protect your junior's clubs. It is also good to understand some of the packing tips and know about other golf travel accessories that will help protect your junior's golf clubs. Below we outline what to look for in a golf travel bag and list some of the best golf travel bags currently available.
Golf travel bags vary a lot in terms of price, quality, hard sided golf cases vs soft sided bags etc. There are many golf travel cases out there that, simply put, will not do a great job of protecting your junior's golf clubs. In general we like the slightly larger full size bags that allow you to also pack in few pairs of shoes, golf balls, wind/rain gear etc.
The best golf travel bags all have certain things in common, including:
The following travel golf bags have been selected based on their quality of build and ability to adequately protect your junior's golf clubs. In addition, we have selected golf travel bags that have outstanding buyer feedback.
If you are like most junior golf parents, you are also traveling with a push cart. It can be difficult to find a bag large enough and tough enough to carry a golf push cart. Having a bag that is specifically designed to travel with a push cart definitely helps.
If you have a clicgear push cart then you are in luck as Clicgear makes a high quality golf push cart travel bag that we have tested and used on many flights. They even have some with the option of built-in wheels to roll the bag through the airport or hotel. This bag will also fit many other push cart models but we recommend that you check the dimensions before you buy!
Golf travel support rods or stiff arms are relatively inexpensive devices that are a must-have if you want to make sure your junior's golf clubs arrive at their destination without breaking. These are especially critical to make sure longer clubs like junior golf drivers and 3 woods do not have the heads snapped off or bent at the hosel. There are many options available on Amazon as well as in any golf shop, priced around $30. A broom handle (or similar piece of wood) can be used in place of a stiff arm if you do not want to buy one.
These are a must-have if you want to make sure your clubs are kept safe. TSA designated locks are the only locks that are allowable for checked bags. The best golf travel bags will all have lockable zippers. There are many different options on the market. The "Forge" TSA locks have great reviews, are easy to use, made from high quality materials, and will let you know if your luggage has been inspected.
Some additional thoughts and tips for airline travel to junior golf tournaments.
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