Travelling with golf clubs

May 19th, 2007, 05:14 AM
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If they are willing, renting clubs is the sensible way to go. They will get good equipment (St. Andrews has new Callaways).

Golf pros can afford to do whatever they want--ship their equipment, hire someone to take care of it, let their caddie handle it, etc.


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May 19th, 2007, 05:14 AM
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Well - for one thing, they don't schlepp their own bags on trains and buses.
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May 19th, 2007, 06:04 AM
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jinx - dedicated golfers - including advanced amateurs - pay big bucks to have custom-fitted clubs made. Here are a couple of references for you:

It typically takes two or three days of fitting and testing to get the right combination of shaft length and stiffness plus clubhead weight and pitch.

Custom equipment can make a big difference in results, and no serious golfer would even consider using anyone else's clubs.
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May 19th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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rushed, No one is taking you to task for asking. Please don't hear it that way. It's just we see some significant logistical problems in the scenario you outline (taking trains around to numberous locations with luggage and golf clubs in tow). Either rent the clubs or rent a van and take the clubs, seems a near unanimous vote for practicality.
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May 19th, 2007, 08:04 AM
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It's not worth the hassle for three days--BUT if they really want to use their own clubs they should check out the Trav-A-Lite bag, an excellent compromise. Mr. Cupid uses this compact combination hard-side locking case and bag for shorter trips with the odd round. The tube takes up a lot less space than his regular bag and hard-side travel case and it weighs less than 15 pounds with clubs. He only travels with full gear when he'll be in one place and can play at least every other day.

Also, be aware that airlines do not reimburse for loss or damage to sporting equipment.
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May 19th, 2007, 08:04 AM
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By the way - it's not as if they have to carry the clubs in a travel case - there is a plethora of wheeled models available. From just about every point of view, it's just one more piece of luggage (that can't be carried onto an airplane).
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May 19th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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in the past we always innsured our golf clubs since they were worth more than the alloted amount if lost by airline.

i assume they still allow you to do this. it was not very expensive.
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May 19th, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Robespierre is correct, there are plenty of wheeled hard- and soft-sided cases but they are still bulky and difficult to maneuver when you are also trying to manage other luggage and people through a crowded terminal.

And for some reason, the airlines have frequently "lost" for hours or days Mr. Cupid's wheeled hard-side bag case but never the Trav-A-Lite. Still not sure how it is easier for them to misplace something significantly larger and heavier...
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May 19th, 2007, 11:12 AM
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I'm a weekend hacker, but when DW and I went to Scotland for two weeks in 2000 (2 weeks after the Open), I took my own clubs (played at the Old Course, Royal Dornoch, and a couple of others). But we rented a car, so I didn't schlepp them onto and off of trains (which WOULD be a hassle).

And, contrary to what some people think, one can "do" castles and golf. I think the ratio in my case was something on the order of 3 castles for each golf course. We were both happy! OTOH, I had to do the driving (auto as well as golf), and that wasn't that much fun.

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May 19th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Knoxville couple - I told my husband that if we do rent a van I won't be doing the driving. I haven't heard from our travelling partners yet. I am liking the idea of renting better and better. My husband would also like to play a local course in the area of London we are staying.
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May 19th, 2007, 03:53 PM
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"...wheeled hard-sided cases...are still bulky and difficult to maneuver when you are also trying to manage other luggage and people through a crowded terminal."

Oh. My. Gosh.

(Looking at this from the perspective of a golfer about to embark on a trip to the Holy of Holies) - On a two-week trip, you may have to maneuver through crowded terminals for ten or fifteen minutes total - and so what? If I had an opportunity to play the Scottish courses of legend, I wouldn't an obstacle as puny as a "crowded terminal" stop me from getting my clubs there.

I think this entire thread should be vacated by all but avid golfers. The rest of the world doesn't know how we perceive this issue.
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May 19th, 2007, 04:35 PM
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huh?? a couple of much more than avid golfers HAVE posted to this thread (besides Mr. R.) . . . .

I agree that traveling w/ one's own clubs is easy peasy IF one is driving or has a driver (vehicle - not club).

But the OP was originally planning on doing this trek by public transport fer cryin out loud. If you will read over the responses - IF they rent a car, take the clubs. If they take trains/buses - rent the clubs in Scotland.

I have organized several golf junkets from the States to St Andrews, Dornoch, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Troon, and about 25 other courses. Twice organized stays at a cottage w/ its own 9 hole course at the bottom of the garden.

And most trips folks have taken their own clubs - BUT I was doing the driving. When the golfers wanted to train/bus it -- they rented clubs.
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May 19th, 2007, 05:03 PM
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On a flight to UK a couple years ago a guy carried ONE golf club wrapped in what appeared to be silk with a satin ribbon. He arranged it perfectly on top of everyone's cases in the overhead and would check it with a flourish about every half hour. When we landed I happened to unlock the bin and passed him the club and he carried it away as if it were his firstborn.

Non-golfers can somehow internalize the concept that one's own equipment is preferable, when reasonably possible. Let's not get our plus fours twisted.
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May 19th, 2007, 05:10 PM
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"The men would like to take there [sic] own clubs and I am wondering how difficult it is travelling by plane and rail with the clubs."

It's about a 3. Final answer.
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May 19th, 2007, 07:53 PM
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My husband brings his own clubs to Europe (shoots around 72-78).. he plays 'leftie' and says it's difficult to find left-hand clubs for rent. At any rate, he uses a large hardcase with wheels. After he places the golf bag/clubs into it, there is a lot of room left. He packs his clothes on top of the golf bag then shuts the hardcase. I pack my clothes in a 21" rollie. We each have a backpack for 'carryon'. This has worked fine for one escorted bus tour of France (they considered the hardcase as his one piece of luggage) and for city trips (where we stay in one location, take just the clubs on the train to a golf course to play, then return to the hotel). We haven't done this for the amount of traveling you are proposing, and I don't think we would consider it. We did agree that the next trip where we plan to rent a car he will bring the clubs.
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May 21st, 2007, 05:34 AM
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It sounds like a complete pain in the a to drag their own clubs around with them, but it also sounds as if it might be important to them.

so let them make their own minds up. If they can carry all their stuff plus clubs up and down several flights of stairs and for, let's say 1/4 mile, then they could take them. If not, don't.
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May 21st, 2007, 08:22 AM
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Many elder golfers living in retirement communities routinely carry their clubs seven thousand yards several times a week. Obviously, they're not in a hardshell case and no stairs are involved, but avid players undergo rigors that anyone not possessing the golfer mentality simply cannot fathom.

YOU (not directed to anyone in particular) may not be willing to schlep a bag of clubs across Blighty, but then you're not making the trip, are you?
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May 21st, 2007, 09:00 AM
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On one of our first trips to Europe - Spain - my husband took his clubs. He did not think he could be on vacation for 2 weeks with no golf! We flew into Madrid for several nights, took the AVE to Cordoba and on to Seville, then rented a car and went down to Marbella for week, returning to Madrid by train. So it can be done but it was not without a few snafus - mostly getting the clubs into taxis - often the clubs had to be in the front seat and we sat in the back - I told the drivers that the clubs were "la otra esposa" (the other wife!) Also at first there was some uncertainty about the clubs on the AVE train - there are size limitations but we got them on there. Then in Cordoba we stopped for several hours and the luggage storage lockers were too small for the clubs. We pleaded with a station agent to "watch" them - adding a small financial inducement! I was not too sure the clubs would be there when returned but at the moment I didn't care (bad wife!) So it can be done - I think we took the clubs and one good sized suitcase - esp in the hotel room in Madrid there was hardly enough room for them both. And by the way, we have not taken the clubs again, many trips to Europe later. My husband has deciced he can enjoy himself on vacation for 2 weeks (in Europe, at least) without golf!
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