The Best Travel Golf Bags of 2023, According to Our Tests

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Best Travel Golf Bags

Club Glove / Amazon

For the traveling golfer, schlepping golf clubs can be a bit of a hassle. They're big and bulky. So, on flights, you have to check them, and more annoyingly, you have to wait for them since they usually get unloaded last with the oversized luggage. But most of us would much rather play with our own sticks than some random rental set. Plus, the right travel cover can minimize most of the inconvenience.

A great bag protects your clubs, and you can use it to store your shoes, clothes, and anything else you might need on a golf trip.

Over the past few months, we tested 21 of the top travel bags on the market and rated them for capacity, design, portability, durability, and value. Our top pick, Club Glove's Last Bag Large Pro Golf Travel Bag, earned a perfect score in every category. It boasts construction that should last for years if not decades, rolls effortlessly through airports, and, when packed correctly, easily holds enough gear for a multiple round trip.

But as good as it is, it may not fit every golfer. So for the player who likes to see the options, here are the travel golf bags we tested.

Best Overall

Club Glove Last Bag Large Pro

5
Last Bag Large Pro

Club Glove

What We Like
  • Large capacity

  • Easy to pack

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like
  • It is on the pricier side

Club Glove's Last Bag is the gold standard for golf travel bags. It's a favorite for touring professionals and amateurs alike thanks to its durable construction and use of high-quality materials.

The archetypical design features an enclosure for your golf bag and clubs and two side pockets for shoes or clothes. The capacity is substantial, and a creative traveler could easily cram a week's worth of gear into the last bag and not need to check a second piece of luggage. The shell is double stitched with thick, water-resistant nylon, while the padded upper area should better protect club heads. The hard plastic bottom is outfitted with in-line skate wheels and bearings to keep you rolling smoothly through airports and stations. The Pro model has a Stiff Arm to protect your driver and fairway woods snapped by careless baggage handlers.

Club Glove offers the Last Bag in 22 colors and personalized embroidery, so you can easily spot yours after it makes its way off the plane to the "oversized baggage" carousel.

Our tester took it on two trips from Florida to Michigan and Connecticut and found it incredibly easy to pack and maneuver through airports. I have personally used this bag for nearly ten years. Scores of flights later, it's a bit dirty but hardly worse for the wear, and I have zero thoughts of replacing it.

Price at time of publication: $620

Exterior Dimensions: 51 x 19 x 16 inches | Material: Ballistic quality Nylon and plastic | Weight: 8.15 pounds

Club Glove Last Bag Large Pro Golf Travel Bag

TripSavvy / Kyle Tyll

Best Overall, Runner-Up

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian Travel Cover

4.9
Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian Travel Cover

Amazon

What We Like
  • Well made

  • Handles in all the right places

  • Wheels pivot for added maneuverability

What We Don't Like
  • Slightly on the small side

  • It does not include a support rod to protect woods

The race for Best Overall was tight, and the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian Travel Cover was a serious contender for the title. It’s been Golf Digest Editors’ Choice for Travel Bags for the past six years.

Configured with one main pocket for your sticks and two smaller compartments for gear, the ClubGlider is easy to pack and store. There’s plenty of room for either a stand or cart bag, but if you’re the kind of player who schleps around a staff bag, you might need a larger travel case… and to pay the overweight fees. The ballistic nylon shell is hearty and buttressed at the top with some padding. According to our tester, “The dense foam to protect the club heads will help on low to medium impacts, but I would feel safer buying an extra $20 to $30 support rod to add to this bag, and you will be all set.”

The fold-out legs feature pivoting wheels which enhance maneuverability when you need to run a zig-zag pattern to make a flight or head off a large group to the taxi line.

Price at time of publication: $340

Exterior Dimensions: 52.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 inches | Material: Ballistic quality Nylon and plastic | Weight: 11.3 pounds

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian Travel Cover

TripSavvy / David Engler

Best Budget

Amazon Basics Soft-Sided Golf Travel Bag

Amazon Basics Soft-Sided Golf Travel Bag

Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Rolls well

What We Don't Like
  • Can’t stand on its own

  • Potential for durability issues

No, you don't have to pay a fortune for a travel bag. This Amazon Basics offering ticks quite a few boxes for a modest sum. Classically modeled, the bag gives the user a place to store the clubs and a pair of pockets for clothing, shoes, or anything else you might need on the course.

Though it's on the smaller side, our tester found it had more space than he thought at first glance. After putting the Amazon bag through its paces, he said it "rolled well when pushed or pulled over asphalt or gravel and is comfortable enough to lift. However, the unstructured bottom made it impossible for me to get the bag to stand upright on its own."

Overall, the construction was good, but a few loose threads did not inspire confidence in its long-term durability. Also, anyone considering the Amazon Basics bag will likely want to buy a Stiff Arm or alternate protective rod to prevent damage to their valuable graphite shafts.

Price at time of publication: $91

Exterior Dimensions: 50 x 15 x 13 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 8.65 pounds

Amazon Basics Soft-Sided Golf Travel Bag

TripSavvy / Chris Abell

Best Design

Club Glove Last Bag Collegiate Travel Cover with Stiff Arm

4.5
Club Glove Last Bag Collegiate

PGA Tour Superstore

What We Like
  • Great design

  • Rugged construction

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat difficult to turn

  • Pricey

A slightly smaller version of our Best Overall model, the Club Glove Last Bag Collegiate Travel Cover is an excellent option for shorter golf trips or anyone who is going to take a second piece of luggage with them.

Our tester, who checked this bag for a flight and took it for a ride to a course in their car, heralded the “good and straight-forward design” as well as the strong YKK zipper, high-quality fabric, and strap construction. In the negative column, they found making tight turns a bit awkward.

The thoughtful layout allows the traveler to utilize the gear pockets for storage and fit extra clothes or even a smaller backpack into the main compartment alongside golf clubs. The overall balance of the bag, even when full, allows the Club Glove to stand on its own. So when you’re checking in, your sticks won’t topple over and onto the next passenger in line.

Price at time of publication: $299

Exterior Dimensions: 50 x 15 x 14 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 8 pounds

Club Glove Last Bag Collegiate Travel Cover with Stiff Arm

TripSavvy / Karen Chen

Best Durability

CaddyDaddy First Class Premium Padded Golf Club Travel Cover with Wheels

4.7
Caddy Daddy Premium Golf Travel Bag

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great Storage

  • Sturdy materials

  • Folds small for storage

What We Don't Like
  • Lack of padding on the handle

Our tester found the CaddyDaddy First Class Premium Padded Golf Club Travel Cover with Wheels was roomy enough to store golf clubs and pack hiking or beach gear. Plus, as the bag weighs in at 10 pounds, that leaves you 40 pounds before you hit an overweight surcharge from the airline.

Well-balanced, the CaddyDaddy corners well and is easy to transport. The Ultra-Durable 1000D Ballistic Nylon is thick, straps are securely fastened to the bag, and the YKK zippers are high quality. Though our tester would have liked more padding in the handle you use to pull the bag.

While the top features two layers of foam to protect your club heads, we recommend a protective rod to keep your driver safe. CaddyDaddy offers customers a two-year replacement warranty in case TSA gets a little too handsy during a search.

Price at time of publication: $200

Exterior Dimensions: 51 x 15 x 13 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 10 pounds

Best Roller

Izzo Golf High Roller

4.6
Izzo Golf Travel Bag

Amazon

What We Like
  • It rolls like a dream

  • Quality construction

  • Easy to load

What We Don't Like
  • Small front exterior pocket

Six. Count ‘em. Six wheels. Four that swivel allow you to push the IZZO High Roller bag upright, and two in-line skate wheels let the user pull it along. So travelers can better navigate airport corridors en route to baggage check or quickly escape the madness from the carousel to the car.

Unlike most travel bags, the IZZO features a top flap that zips all the way around, which makes loading your clubs a total breeze. Through that opening, you’ll also find two internal elastic storage pockets.

While our tester found the IZZO well made from high-quality materials, including 1680D nylon and substantial internal foam padding, there was a slight design flaw. The exterior pocket is too small to fit a pair of golf shoes comfortably. On the plus side, they appreciated the ability to fold the bag for storage in “tight spaces.” Much like some of the other options on this list, the IZZO doesn’t come with a protective rod. So, if you do buy the IZZO, consider adding one to your cart as well.

Exterior Dimensions: 53 x 16 x 12 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 12.8 pounds

IZZO High Roller Golf Bag

TripSavvy / Martin Schnurr

Best Value

TourTrek TC Pro Travel Cover

4.8
TourTrek TC PRO Travel Cover

Dick's Sporting Goods

What We Like
  • Good design

  • Lightweight

  • High-quality construction

What We Don't Like
  • Limited capacity

The TourTrek TC PRO Travel Cover scored high marks in nearly every category. Our tester liked the overall design, the two interior mesh pockets, and the exterior shoe pocket. It features ample padding and enough structure to stand upright on its own. Plus, the high-quality construction gave a lasting impression to the bag.

While the TourTrek is incredibly light (6.6 pounds), the capacity is somewhat wanting. But the full-length horseshoe zipper allows players to pack their stand or cart bag easily. Also included is a zipper lock to keep unwanted parties from sneaking a peak at your gear.

The Tour Trek uses in-line wheels for making a bee-line through the traveling hordes and features padded handles for added comfort when pushing or pulling it through the airport or station. It also comes in seven colors and patterns, including “Red Hawaiian” and “Pineapple” for players who dig an Island vibe.

Price at time of publication: $140

Exterior Dimensions: 52 x 14 x 14 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 6.6 pounds

TourTrek TC PRO Travel Cover

TripSavvy / Chris Abell

Best Hard-Side

CaddyDaddy Enforcer Golf Travel Bag Cover with Hard Case Top

4.5
Caddy Daddy Hard Case Top

Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable construction

  • Hardshell offers extra protection

What We Don't Like
  • Top heavy

The hard shell on the top of the CaddyDaddy Enforcer protects better than padding, but the maker still managed to keep the overall weight at nine pounds. So travelers still have 41 pounds of capacity before hitting an overweight baggage fee.

While overall, the bag seems incredibly durable, part and parcel, thanks to the hard plastic, one drawback to the fortification is that it makes the bag a bit top-heavy. So, the CaddyDaddy can’t quite stand on its own, and because the hard plastic doesn’t cover all the bag, we would still recommend a Stiff Arm or other protective rod to prevent damage to your valuable club shafts.

But the bag does boast plenty of room, and because it’s not an entire hardshell, you can collapse it for storage. Two exterior pockets will fit golf shoes, balls, rain gear, extra clothes, or anything else you might want to take on a trip to the links.

Price at time of publication: $180

Exterior Dimensions: 51 x 13 x 13 inches | Material: Nylon and plastic | Weight: 9 pounds

CaddyDaddy Enforcer Golf Travel Bag Cover with Hard Case Top

TripSavvy / Allison Widmer

Other Golf Travel Bags We Tested

Sun Mountain Kube Travel Cover: Our tester liked the collapsible nature of the design but found the handling cumbersome. Since it is a two-wheel bag, you can't roll it vertically in busy airports and transit situations.

Callaway OGIO Alpha Travel Cover: While this bag offers good durability and value, our tester found the design basic and a bit tough to lug around.

OutdoorMaster Padded Golf Club Travel Cover: After putting it through its paces, our expert felt it lacked room for all the essentials.

CaddyDaddy Golf Constrictor 2 Travel Cover: Overall, it's a well-made bag, but our tester found the area around the base somewhat "flimsy."

Himal Soft-sided Golf Travel Bag: We were impressed with the foldability and ease of storage. But It won't stand upright and may have capacity issues for players who pack heavily.

Titleist Players Travel Cover: Our tester did not feel confident this option would hold up during air travel.

Samsonite Golf Deluxe 3 Piece Travel Set: While it comes with a nice duffel and shoe carrier, this bag doesn't appear as durable as other options.

SKB Cases ATA Deluxe Standard Hard Travel Golf Case: The full hardshell design is heavy, and our tester couldn't cram much into it beyond clubs.

Samsonite HardSide Golf Case: The hardshell and soft interior give a luxury vibe. But our tester found the capacity lacking.

Bag Boy Golf T10 Hard Top Cover: Beyond the minimal storage for things beyond a set of clubs, our tester was disappointed by the design and color options.

Founders Club Golf Travel Bag: It will stand up independently, and the hard top offers additional protection. But our tester found it difficult to load.

Founders Club Golf Travel Bag

TripSavvy / Karen Chen

How We Tested

All the tested bags were inspected thoroughly, packed with clubs, and as many golf accessories and clothing as would fit and rolled, either in a simulated journey to and around an airport or on an actual golf trip.

Our testers rated each bag with a one-to-five score for capacity, design, portability, durability, and value. Our editorial team then used those ratings to determine which products we recommend.

What to Look for in Golf Travel Bags

Durability

A golf travel bag isn’t something players want to buy frequently. So golfers will want one that is going to last. You’ll want to check out the seams, zippers, and clasps to ensure the bag feels well constructed.

Materials

While heavy-duty nylon and plastic add weight, it’s also more protective and should last longer than lighter materials.

Additional Features

Much like with pants, pockets are key. Think about what you like to pack on a golf trip and where those things might fit in the bag. Also, some wheel configurations allow the bags to roll standing up.

Hard-sided versus soft-sided

Hard-sided cases offer more protection for your clubs. But they are heavier and more challenging to store. Another consideration when choosing between these two options—many airlines will only cover damages to golf clubs in hard-sided cases.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you transport golf clubs on a plane?

    Golf clubs must be checked and can not be loose. (You wouldn’t want your valuable sticks falling out on the conveyor.) You can use a bag, case, or even a cardboard box.

  • How do you protect golf clubs while flying?

    Travel bags and cases help shield your clubs from damage. A protective rod can also absorb impact to club heads from the top down.

  • How do you care for and clean a golf club bag?

    Though covers shouldn’t need much maintenance, most travel bags can be cleaned with a soapy cloth. On the other hand, grass from the course can collect on the inside and can easily be dispatched with a vacuum’s hose attachment.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nicholas McClelland is a golf fanatic and passionate gearhead. He takes his clubs nearly everywhere he goes, and whether he finds himself inside the Norwegian arctic circle or on a beach in Cartagena, Colombia, Nick is looking to get out and play 18.

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