The 8 Best Golf Travel Bags

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Club Glove Last Bag XL Pro Tour Bag at Amazon

"Will satisfy even the most club-obsessed golfer."

Best Budget: Althetico Padded Golf Travel Bag at Amazon

"Lacks in mobility, but more than makes up for it with its sheer simplicity and price."

Best for Mobility: Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series Bag at Amazon

"The bag is free-standing when you’re rolling it around."

Best for Durability: SKB Deluxe ATA Cart Bag Travel Case at Amazon

"Can handle the most extreme circumstances of modern travel."

Best Design: Samsonite Golf Hard-Sided Travel Cover Case at Amazon

"Cuts down on bulk without sacrificing any protection."

Best Style: Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag at Amazon

"Excels at functional simplicity."

Best Lightweight: Founders Club Deluxe Travel Cover at Amazon

"A bag that’s both light and reliably durable."

Best for Tall Golfers: Hunsaker Golf Case Iron Locker at Amazon

"Provides you a 50-inch height of storage."

Our Top Picks

01 of 08

Best Overall: Club Glove Last Bag XL Pro Tour Bag

Golf Glove Last Bag XL Pro Tour

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Ranked as the number one golf bag on the PGA Tour, Club Glove's Last Bag XL Pro Tour Bag will satisfy even the most club-obsessed golfer. The 11.2-pound bag accommodates practically any tour golf bag along with a 48-inch driver, and it offers plenty of extra storage for the world-trotting golfer. Thanks to an Invista Cordura 100D water-resistant nylon fabric, the bag will last five times longer, and is three-times stronger than your typical nylon bag, with a 1600D ballistic nylon base and single webbing reinforcement on the rear. Unless you try to damage the bag, it should well-outlive its five-year warranty. It rolls on twin in-line skate wheels and bearings for reliable, quiet transport, with a high-impact wheelbase as well as a patented integrated carry handle and an adjustable restraint device to secure the club set. The YKK zippers make it easy to load and unload, with burly buckles and a strap to help secure your things. Make no mistake, as its name implies, this bag is big. Those with more modestly sized kits who still want a best-in-class bag can also downgrade to the Last Bag Large Pro model.

02 of 08

Best Budget: Althetico Padded Golf Travel Bag

Athletico Padded Golf Travel Bag

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As one of the few non-wheeled bags in the market, what the Padded Golf Travel Bag lacks in mobility more than makes up for it with its sheer simplicity and price. Five millimeters of padding line the entire bag to keep your clubs protected, with a robust vinyl base and 600D polyester fabric that’s durable and weather resistant. Instead of rolling the bag, you can carry it by shrugging the load over one shoulder and across your back much like you’d carry your golf bag on the links — the adjustable (and removable) padded strap helps customize the strap length to suit your body. The bag also comes with a top grab handle and twin neoprene carrying handles secured via Velcro. And apartment-dwellers take note: because it’s all soft-sided, the bag is easy to roll up and store when not in use.

03 of 08

Best for Mobility: Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series Bag

Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series Bag

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The Sun Mountain Clubglider Tour Series bag comes with two lower wheels as well as two additional wheels that stand on legs, making the bag free-standing when you’re rolling it around. That also makes it very easy to haul additional luggage without juggling or the bag losing balance. Those extra legs extend and retract in one fluid motion, and locks against the molded tray so they remain flush against the bag when on the conveyer belt. You get 14 x 14-inches of space inside, with a 52-inch height to accommodate most bags and clubs, along with a TSA-approved lock, an integrated ID label window, and internal synch straps to secure your load. The whole package is wrapped around rugged vinyl fabric to assure durability, with two heavy-duty two-way zippers that run the full length of the bag that makes it easy to load. You also get a bonus zippered side pocket that's ideal for stashing a rain kit. Though it weighs in at a fairly hefty 13-plus pounds, users report that the weight isn't a dealbreaker — thanks to those pivoting caster wheels, you can pull the bag with one finger.

04 of 08

Best for Durability: SKB Deluxe ATA Cart Bag Travel Case

SKB Deluxe ATA Cart Bag Travel Case

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Made of molecular-weight polyethylene — the material specified by the U.S. military forces for cases and containers — the Deluxe ATA Cart Bag Travel Case can handle the most extreme circumstances of modern travel. It’s been made to exceed the ATA 300 Category I specs, the highest shipping container specifications in the industry, and comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty and $1,500 in club coverage in the unlikely event of damage. The C-shaped opening is secured with three industrial-strength latches, and their “Perfect Match” valance sealing system locks out dirt, dust, and moisture. Designed to accommodate most golf bags, the case accepts drivers up to 49 inches in length and weighs a robust 22 pounds. Twin wheels help make this heft manageable, while TSA-approved locks amps peace of mind. The only thing you don’t get: additional storage pockets inside or out.

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05 of 08

Best Design: Samsonite Golf Hard-Sided Travel Cover Case

Samsonite Golf Hard Sided Travel Cover Case

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Made of lightweight, durable ABS Shell plastic, the Hard-Sided Travel Cover Case from Samsonite will endure the impacts of the harshest realities of travel. Inside, the bag shows its softer side thanks to the padded quilt lining, with extra foam at the top to cradle your club heads. Twin straps also help lock the bag’s contents in place. Four wheels at the bottom give you 360-degree spinner control, while two additional in-line skate wheels let you push or pull the bag over rougher terrain. The bag can accommodate 48-inch clubs along with 10.5-inch golf bags, and the overall sleek profile means it cuts down on bulk without sacrificing any protection.

06 of 08

Best Style: Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag

Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag

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Weighing a modest 7.6 pounds, the 50-inch-tall Ogio Straight Jacket Travel Bag excels at functional simplicity. Two urethane wheels glide effortlessly, with a wide base to prevent tipping on its 15-inch-square lateral dimensions. Padding at the top protects your club heads from damage, while the durable nylon fabric shrugs off all but the most extreme weather. In addition to the internal sync straps, the bag also comes with two exterior clip straps to help secure your load, along with a robust Velcro main handle. Two outer zippered pockets also let you store quick-grab items, though most reviewers report that they can fit their club bag, clothes, and golf shoes inside without a problem.

07 of 08

Best Lightweight: Founders Club Deluxe Travel Cover

Founders Club Golf Travel Bag

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This hybrid golf travel case utilizes hard-shell ABS with soft-sided all-weather 600D polyester fabric to provide a bag that’s both light and reliably durable. The hard materials encase the upper third of the bag, assuring your club heads are secure, while the weather-resistant soft-sided material runs the length of the bag. It rides on two in-line skate wheels, with a skid-resistant base and three sets of padded handles to help carry the bag. As with most options in the market, it accommodates golf bags up to 10 inches in diameter, with a slightly taller height capacity (50 inches) than the rest. The lower section of the bag easily folds into the hard upper, making for relatively tight, compact storage, but it also wins points for the two large zippered side compartments, which can accommodate apparel, shoes, and other golf essentials. And though the zippers are all lock-ready, TSA-approved locks are not included.

08 of 08

Best for Tall Golfers: Hunsaker Golf Case Iron Locker

When it comes to bombproof, reliable protection, the Iron Locker from Hunsaker is a top contender. Made of high-impact, crack-resistant polyethylene, it’ll stand up to some serious use and abuse. But unlike most models in the market, the bag comes with a two-system configuration — rather than zipping or unbuckling, you actually slide the separate top over the lower section of the case, which provides you a 50-inch height of storage, along with a 14 x 11.5-inch footprint. Once you get the top on, the contents are confidently secured thanks to two military-grade steel latches, which include lock systems that can accommodate a quarter-inch TSA pad lock. The in-line rubber wheels are secured by bolts rather than rivets, and glide effortlessly and quietly across the tarmac. Unlike most rolling bags, the three handles aren’t straps — rather, they’re molded into the architecture of the bag, two at the top and one running the outer side. This configuration works well for most, but shorter golfers have reported that the hard-shell handles can make handling and rolling the bag something of a pain, in part because the weight shifts when the pull angle is reduced.

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