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carrying golf clubs

We are two couples planning a trip to England and Scotland. Does anyone have experience traveling with golf clubs? I'm not worried about the airlines per se, but taking public transportation and moving from town to town with clubs. Our first week is in London. From London we head to Edinburgh by air, then after a few days of sight seeing on to Carnoustie. It is very expensive to send clubs ahead. Any advice or suggestions would be helpful.

Posted by
28 posts

DO NOT CARRY GOLF CLUBS! if in two weeks you plan on golfing at least 10 times, you might consider taking your own clubs, but that is still a stretch. just rent them there.

Posted by
2638 posts

When my husband plays The Old Course at St.Andrews he always rents the club. You didn't mention how you plan on getting to Carnoustie from Edinburgh, but if you are renting a car you probably wouldn't have room for golf clubs and luggage. Taking you clubs would be a lot of hassle.

Posted by
2 posts

Thanks, we'll probably concede and take your advice.

Posted by
3551 posts

While renting clubs is a great suggestion realize it can be very expensive sometimes over $40 to rent. Ck with the courses ahead of time.Also why not just select a few clubs for ea person and combine them into one bag for 2. We have hauled around europe and New Zealand with clubs and fishing rods and it is troublesome and
theft is always a concern as many of the cars are hatchback "see in" types and hotels.good luck.

Posted by
235 posts

If you will play more than three times it will be worth it to bring your clubs but it will be a challenge when you use public transportation.
Here is a tip...Look for a golf shop near the golf course to rent all your gear. I rented clubs, shoes and bought balls, hat and a glove at St. Andrews when I unexpectedly got to play on a family trip and it was VERY expensive. I found out later that the golf shops in the area can do the same for about a third the cost! Also, if you cannot get a tee time in advance just show up early and sign up on the day you want to play. I have played St. Andrews, Royal County Down, Ballybunion and Pebble Beach this way.