Unfortunately, there are additional costs other than the airline costs when you take your golf clubs abroad with you. I say, unfortunately, but this one is a necessity.
Remember when I said some people opt for hiring clubs rather than taking their own as they would not want to risk losing their prized possessions. There is always a chance this could happen, albeit a very low chance, however, there’s still that slim chance. If the worst were to happen, you would like the piece of mind that you wouldn’t be out of pocket, wouldn’t you?
That’s why we would always recommend insurance!
|Airline||Cost of flight||Extra Baggage Fee||Insurance Charge||Total Cost (return flight)|
|Ryanair||–||£70||£60||Price of flight + £130|
|Jet2||–||£60||£60||Price of flight + £120|
|Lufthansa||–||–||£60||Price of flight + £60|
|Flybe||–||£60||£60||Price of flight + £120|
|British Airways||–||–||£60||Price of flight + £60|
|EasyJet||–||£74||£60||Price of flight + £134|
Things to remember when taking your golf clubs on a plane
Clearly label your bag and make it identifiable
We keep coming back to this, but if the very worst were to happen, you would want to know in your head that if your bag does go missing, but is found, that whoever finds it would be able to contact you.
Also, by adding something bright, like bits of string, to your bag, will make it much more identifiable when you’re looking at every golf bag which looks the same on the conveyor belt.
Use your bag as additional storage
If you’re flying with Lufthansa or BA, why not just use your golf bag as extra storage. Place clothes and other belongings inside your bag, around your clubs. Also, you get the added benefit of your clubs being protected by the clothes. We don’t know this for sure, but our guess is that airline employees don’t carefully place your bag down when moving it. We’re guessing it’s more a toss in the direction of where it is supposed to go. Make sure you protect those clubs!
Get a durable, well-made bag
Some people swear by a hard bag for your golf clubs, which offers maximum protection. If your very cautious about your clubs getting damaged, we would recommend a hard bag. However, if you are a bit more laid back and are happy with a soft bag, maybe with some extra padding around the clubs, then we would recommend a lightweight pencil bag.
Whichever bag you go for, make sure you don’t scrimp, and you choose a well-made bag. The cost may be slightly higher at first, but a durable bag will last you years!
Money Saving Tips
Book beforehand, don’t wait until you get to the airport
As you can see above, if you book your golf bag as extra luggage online, rather than at the airport (if you must pay for extra luggage), the prices are cheaper. It might be tempting to leave things until last minute, especially when you haven’t made your mind up. However, just bite the bullet and make the payment online to save those pennies (pounds).
Use a pencil bag
We touched on a pencil bag being a lot less bulky than a hard-cased golf bag, so it is much easier to carry around. However, they are much more slimline than your usual bag, so there’s less chance of being over any baggage limits.
In short, a pencil bag is a lot less bulky, but with enough room for one set (maybe even two) sets of clubs.
Work out the total cost of the flight, rather than just the golf club cost
When you’re looking for a flight, whether that be on Skyscanner or wherever else, don’t forget to consider the total cost of the flight and any extra charges. You might think that a Ryanair flight is much cheaper than a flight with BA, but is it with the extra charges included?
Some airlines such as Lufthansa and BA allow golf clubs in your baggage allowance which is included in the price of your flight. If you travel light and don’t go over the maximum allowance, this will avoid the extra fees they charge for overweight baggage.
To hire or not to hire?
Ultimately, hiring golf clubs once you reach your destination is usually cheaper than taking your own clubs with you. We’ve gone through the pros and cons, but in the end, the decision is down to you.
We love taking our own clubs abroad with us, but if you’re on a budget trip, we would recommend hiring once you’re there.
What to do when you’re on the other side
Forget about the hassle of dragging your golf clubs from the luggage conveyor belt, out of the doors into the blazing heat and to the taxi stand or public transport station, to wait in line and get more and more sweaty.
Why put yourself through that, when you can book your golf transfer itinerary beforehand with Golf-Drives. We take care of your transfer needs for the whole of your golf holiday, you’ll have a friendly driver waiting for you at the airport. It doesn’t stop there, we’ll also collect you from your hotel and take you to the golf course and back to your hotel. We’ll even take you between golf courses!