Travelling With Golf Clubs Guide | Taking Golf Clubs On A Plane
There are a number of superb golf courses to be discovered across the world. Whether you’re visiting the “Home of Golf”, the warmer climes of Southern Europe or decide to travel further afield to the classic courses of the United States, you’ll need to think about what gear to take with you.
Some golfers are happy to hire clubs at their chosen destination while other, perhaps more serious golfers, prefer to take their own golf clubs abroad as they are used to playing with them. This may also be the case for golfers venturing abroad for important games or competitions.
However, travelling with your golf clubs is not as simple as checking them in alongside your suitcases when you arrive at the airport. There are a number of things to consider such as the cost of taking golf clubs abroad and how to pack them. Read on as we take you through our handy guide which outlines the top tips when taking golf clubs on a plane.
Cost of taking golf clubs abroad
The charges you may incur for travelling with your clubs will differ from airline to airline. Some class golf equipment as standard checked luggage but will charge if you exceed the weight limit, while others will charge a minimum fee which can vary depending on the destination and class that you are flying. It’s always worth checking your airline’s website for their specific guidance on sporting baggage before you travel to avoid any nasty surprises when you arrive for your flight.
Another added cost to keep in mind is insurance for your golf equipment in case it gets lost, stolen or damaged when traveling to your destination. These costs tend to vary according to the value of your clubs but a figure of £60 is generally what to expect for yearly cover.
It’s important to note that comparing the total price you would pay for airline baggage fees and insurance versus hiring golf clubs at your destination can often find the latter to be far cheaper and less stressful which may encourage you to leave your clubs at home.
Can you take golf clubs on a plane?
If you decide you would rather take your golf clubs on vacation with you, here are a few FAQs we’ve got the answer to:
Are golf clubs considered oversized luggage?
Again, this can vary from airline to airline. Overweight baggage fees may apply to equipment that exceeds the weight that is allowed so it is worth checking specific airline allowances and fees before you travel.
Golf clubs are considered ‘small’ sports equipment (20kg max) and this must be added to your booking prior to your flight. Each golfer has an allowance for one piece of sports equipment.
Ryanair charges £35 for golf clubs per one way flight when you book online or £40 if you pay for this add-on when you are at the airport.
British Airways Regulations:
British Airways accepts golf equipment as checked baggage providing it does not exceed the maximum weight restrictions and is packed safely in a bag or case. The bag can be up to a maximum size of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm and must not weigh more than 23kg or you will incur a charge.
How much does a full set of golf clubs and bag weigh?
Generally, a typical golf bag with clubs weighs around 20lbs. This can of course differ depending on the style of bag and what you add to it. If the weight of your bag allows for extra items when travelling by plane, you should take advantage of this and use the extra storage space for your golfing accessories and shoes so that it is all in one place.
Can you take a single golf club on a plane?
Airlines and government agencies prohibit you from taking a single golf club on a plane as hand luggage as it could be used as a weapon. You will therefore have to check in your golf club with the rest of your checked luggage but remember to protect it properly.
Should I have golf travel insurance?
There is specific travel insurance for golf holidays which is always worth purchasing before your trip as it provides cover for a variety of unforeseen circumstances. The insurance will cover any damage or loss of your clubs and any issues you may have with your travel or vacation itself.
How do I avoid any potential damage to my clubs?
Airline luggage handlers are rough with your luggage at the best of times and they’re unlikely to take special care of your precious golf equipment either. For this reason, we would advise never flying with golf clubs without a travel bag and it would be preferred to use a hard case to transport your clubs as this will help to avoid any unnecessary damage.
Deciding whether or not to travel with your golf clubs can be a hard decision. Ensure you do the relevant research before you book your next golf holiday.