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29 of the Best Golf Apps You Can’t Live Without

Do you live and breathe golf like many of our customers? If you eat, sleep and live the sport of golf then you’ll probably already have quite a few specialist apps on your mobile device. With so many brand new apps being developed all the time to help amateur golfers improve their swing and enhance their training, it’s no wonder mobile solutions are becoming such a hot commodity.

Here at Golf Escapes, we believe in spreading your wings and experiencing the joys of this prestigious, time-honoured sport in destinations across the world. And having mobile access to useful apps will make golf travel and golf training so much easier. So we’ve created a list of some of the best golfing apps available right now.

Divided into handy categories, here are 29 of the top golf apps that you simply cannot live without…

GOLF SWING TRACKING APPS

1.V1 Golf (free)

This is perhaps the best free app at the moment for tracking your golf swing. Not only does it allow the golfer to record and analyse, but it also provides useful and interesting comparisons to more than 50 swings from PGA, LPGA and Champion Tour players – with a split screen so you can see the difference between your own swing and the professional’s. These players include the likes of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Lorena Ochoa, Karrie Webb, Darren Clarke, Freddy Couples, Vijay Singh and many more. Additionally, the app allows you to trim, mark up and edit your swing video so you can play it back and study it frame by frame, or you can watch it in slow motion.

 

V1 Golf

2. Everyday Golf Coach Power (£5.99)

Improve your game with the Everyday Golf Coach app, complete with 38 coaching videos to help with your training from PGA professional golf coach, Dr. Noel Rousseau. You can record and compare your swing with that of a model, and you can also use slow motion/variable speed playback on the video recording to analyse your technique step by step. If you are looking for more yards off the tee, then this app is definitely for you.

3. Coach’s Eye (£4.99)

This app claims to be the world’s leading video platform to review technique and to improve performance immediately. Not only can you check out your own swing for golf, but it’s actually a multi-sport tool so you can use it for any competitive sport – including team sports such as football or ice hockey. Features include slow motion, zoom, video importing capabilities, split screen videos, audio commentary, drawing on video (including freehand), and social sharing.

4. Golf Channel Academy (free)

Another app claiming to be the best of the best, and it’s definitely up there with the best apps to download right now. Excelling as an instruction app, Golf Channel Academy is ideal for golfers who are looking to learn. The library features a comprehensive collection of over 2,000 videos from top instructors such as Michael Breed, Marin Hall and Dana Rader. Additionally, for anyone living in or travelling to the US, you can use the app to find a Golf Channel Academy coach to help you out in real life.

5. Hudl Technique Golf: Slow Motion Swing Analysis (free)

Like the other apps mentioned so far, Hudl Technique allows you to record your swing then play it back in slow motion for frame by frame analysis. You can use swing plane drawings and compare your swing to that of pros, whilst also being able to add a voiceover to videos. But the top added benefit of using Hudl is access to a large Hudl community of golfers just like you. The community feature means that you can get feedback on your swing technique, and the app allows social sharing which can be done very easily.

Hudl

6. Edufii (free)

This free app has been designed for coaches by coaches. And is said to be the top digital platform for various careers in sports coaching, saving over 20 hours a week in administrative tasks. The app is focused on video and image analysis, and can be used to channel all communications with players and team members. Also ideal for individual golf users or for sharing training and technique analysis between friends.

7. Swingbot (free)

Swingbot features video, playback and easy video upload to Swingbot.com. The special Swingbot software will analyse your swing and provide instant feedback – whether you’re in the middle of your golf round or just practicing your swing at home. You can also view your own progress as you upload more and more videos over time.

8. Golf Coach by Dr Noel Rousseau (£6.99)

A ground breaking golf instruction app and winner of both the UK and US App Design Awards for ‘Best Sports App’. Also named as the ‘Top 20 Must Have App’s by The Telegraph. It costs £6.99 to download but if you’re serious about improving your game and honing your skills, it’s worth the price tag. Dr Noel Rousseau has a PhD in motor learning, making him the ideal teacher.

SCORE KEEPING/ RANGEFINDER

9. Golf GPS & Scorecard (free)

Golf GPS & Scorecard is an excellent GPS rangefinder that works on over 33,000 courses across the globe! And it comes with a digital scorecard that automatically advances from hole to hole, giving you complete convenience when on the golf course. You can store your rounds online (free of charge) and you can even use the available stats and graph makers to watch your progress. The rangefinder feature is fantastically handy, with satellite imagery and zoon.

10. Golfshot: GPS + Scorecard + Tee Times (free)

The free version of Golfshot gives you easy scoring and tracking, as well as distances for over 38,000 courses worldwide. Not only can you track your own scores, but you can track the scores of your friends too and other features include graphing your performance in driving, greens, short game and putting. There’s also a paid version (Golfshot Plus) which is £28.99 and is a more advanced version; with interactive, real-time distances to all targets and hazards, as well as real-time GPS distances, 3D flyover previews of each hole, easy tracking on the Apple Watch, and personalised club recommendations based on your record.

11. Golflogix (free)

Features GPS distances on more than 30,000 golf courses, plus a yardage book with colour 3D imagery. The included scorecard feature allows up to 4 players at a time, as well as handicap and stat tracking. All stats will be linked up to the GolfLogix website, which means that you can easily track your progress.

12. Golf Pad: Free Golf GPS Finder & Scorecard (free)

Easy to use and compatible with the Apple Watch (in the premium version), this GPS app has everything you need. It has a rangefinder, shot tracker and free scorecard.

Golf Pad-Free Golf GPS Finder & Scorecard

13. Golfshake (free)

This is a stylish app and its claims to be ‘the no.1 online score tracking system’ which can record rounds and stats, track your golf handicap, as well as provide important course info and course reviews. With independent reviews for more than 27,000 courses around the world, it’s perfect for your next golfing holiday.

HANDICAP APPS

14. Diablo Golf Handicap Tracker (free)

Use the Diablo Handicap Tracker app to establish a USGA Handicap index, and use it to post your latest scores, share reviews and ratings, and track your friends too. Features include Facebook integration for score sharing and finding other Diablo members and course location functions such as GPS course finder.

15. SGU HandicAPP (free)

Made by the SGU, the Scottish Golf governing body for amateur golf in Scotland, this app is for members only. Membership with Scottish Golf is available to affiliated golf clubs and will give you access to their members forums and other added features, such as this superb app. Once downloaded, simply login with your membership username and password.

16. Golf Handicap Tracker – Track Unlimited Rounds (free)

Designed with simple interface, this app is very easy to use. The Golf Handicap Tracker by Max Rodewald allows you to track unlimited rounds, is free to download, and calculates your handicap under USGA rules. All you need to do is record your scores and the app will do the rest. It’s a simple, no frills application that is handy for beginner or seasoned golfer alike.

17. FC Golf Handicap (free)

A fantastic handicap app that will help you figure out your handicap on “particular courses” such as marsh, blue or black. Use your USGA Index handicap and enter a few other details and it will give you an accurate handicap for your next game.

FC Golf Handicap

18. Instant Golf Handicap (£1.99)

Instant Golf Handicap is a smart tool that helps you understand your handicap as you play. Simply enter details such as score, slope number and course rating and then the app will calculate everything for you. Your history is then recorded in a table that you can easily review and manage.

GOLF COURSE LOCATOR APPS

19. Golf Finder (free)

Made for the UK and Ireland, the Golf Finder app allows you to find a golf course anywhere near you or somewhere you’re travelling too. You can search by region or use the interactive map to locate courses within a few miles. There are more than 2,900 courses within the Golf Finder database and each course features its own profile page with key info.

20. Golf Nearby (free)

Golf Nearby is ideal for travelling around the world with. It has logged golf courses across the globe, and is able to locate the nearest golf courses to you wherever you are in the world by taking data from Foursquare. Other features include pictures of golf courses if available, directions to get there, street view, contact details such as phone number for the club, link to golf course website, and easy information sharing via email or text.

21. My Golf Caddy – Course Finder (£0.99)

Booking a golf holiday to the states? Or travelling out there for business? This superb app, costing just £0.99, is everything you need for the perfect game of golf anywhere in the states. There are more than 16,000 golf courses stored within this application and can be accessed via your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You can get the nearest courses by proximity, find out course details, see course reviews and ratings, get one touch calling – or you can search specifically by city or state.

GAMING APPS

22. WGT Golf Game by Topgolf (free)

The no.1 free golf game at the moment! By TOPGOLF Media and as seen on NBC Sports, Golf Channel, DIRECTV and Fox Sports. Top graphics, the best 3D technology, and over a dozen championship courses featured in the game.

WGT Golf Game by Topgolf

23. Pro Feel Golf (free)

A game that looks and feels realistic, yet it isn’t overly complex. A simple touchscreen game for golf addicts who also enjoy gaming in their spare time. The one touch interface provides a real-world experience with realism and precision. Compatible for both iPhone and iPad.

MISCELLENOUS

24. Stat Caddie (free)

A superb little app that doesn’t overcomplicate things. Track the accuracy of your golf stats and find out which clubs you pull or push, and which clubs you excel at. Ideal for analysing a single golf game or for reviewing your latest range session. You have the option of viewing top line stats or drilling down into the details.

25. TheGrint – All Golf. One App (free)

If you’re sick of downloading different apps for different needs, then this app is for you. TheGrint is an easy and convenient all-in-one application that is completely free to use. It’s the most complete ‘all-rounder’ app available, with handicap calculator, performance stats, live scoring, GPS rangefinder, games and points calculation, 4 people organiser, tee times booking and much more.

26. Golf Ball Finder (£0.99)

Tired of losing your golf balls? The Golf Ball Finder App does the same job as blue glasses and is super handy anywhere on the course. With the app, you can adjust the screen to match the weather / sun exposure and you can even adjust the blue filter based on the type of grass you are playing on. Find golf balls has never been easier!

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27. PGA Tour Mobile (free)

This official app of the PGA Tour features real time leader boards, live player scorecards with shot trails and stats, player profiles, live video for every PGA Tour event, round recaps and tournament highlights, as well as access to the latest news. Set it to push notifications so you never miss a thing during the PGA Tour.

28. Sports Illustrated Golf + Digital (free)

Get free articles from Sports Illustrated Magazine by downloading this app. There are new articles available every Wednesday and the free content will include everything from columns, articles and commentary to video essays, photos and interviews with pro players. From time to time, there will be reviews on products and various equipment, or reviews of golfing destinations and different courses.

29. LPGA Now (free)

Provides you with tournament info, news and live scores. Other features are photos and video footage, player stats, player rankings, and course conditions. You can even select certain players to follow.

If you’re planning a golfing holiday, make sure you’ve downloaded your new apps before you go so you can give yourself time to get used to them. Also, don’t forget to pack your golfing sunglasses!

17 Incredible Places for a Golf Holiday in 2017 (1)

17 Incredible Places for a Golf Holiday in 2017

The New Year has only just begun, leaving you plenty of time to start planning your holidays for the remainder of it. Instead of just laying on the beach in the Caribbean, why not plan your holiday around one of your favorite past times; golf. Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

Pair some sporty excursions with some of these stunning destinations to get the most out of your time off this year.

The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is king when it comes to the sport and enthusiasts from all over the globe come here just to check out the courses. The views are absolutely stunning and the actual courses are impeccably designed. Check out the courses here.

Scotland

Suggested Course

The Queens Course: It’s one of the most beautiful in the Gleneagles region; full of woodlands and the occasional roaming deer. It was opened in 1917, has a challenging par of 68 and is actually less than 6000 yards.

Where to Stay

Gleneagles Hotel: Stay here for a luxurious experience with fantastic views. It’s a five star resort with exclusive dining options and a great location for people heading to the golf courses.

What to do

When you aren’t on the golf course, there is plenty to explore in the Scottish Highlands. Visit Cairngorms National Park, tour the Dunrobin Castle or wander through Inverewe Gardens.

 

Catalonia, Spain

One of the most beautiful regions of Spain, Catalonia is located in the northeast and is characterized by its beaches and the Pyrenees Mountains.

Barcelona

Suggested Course

Bonmont: It’s located in the hills of the surrounding mountains and offers views over the Mediterranean. The course is also quite versatile so golfers at most levels can have a good time here. 

Where to Stay

Hotel Ciutat de Tarragona: Situated in an ideal location, guests can easily walk to the beach and the historical center. It also has a rooftop lounge, pool, and spacious, modern rooms.

What to do

Take some time to visit Barcelona and taste the tapas, wander through Sagrada Familia and lounge on the beaches. If you can, rent a car and check out the beaches of Costa Brava, climb up Montserrat and visit the Dali Museum.

 

Antalya, Turkey

It’s the largest city on the country’s Mediterranean coast and is also the gateway to the Turkish Riviera. The city is also a great starting point if you want to visit the region of Belek, a natural beauty and great place to play golf.

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Suggested Course

Carya: Opened in 2008, the course is quite new and is made up of 7,186 yards and has a 72 par. You can also play golf here well into the evening as it has plenty of lights.

Where to Stay

Voyage Belek Golf & Spa: This hotel overlooks the beach and is only a short drive from Montgomerie golf course. It’s an absolutely huge resort with swimming pools, plenty of dining options and entertainment.

What to do

Wander through the old quarter of Antalya to view the mosque, make a visit to some of the beaches and check out the zoo.

 

Paphos, Cyprus

This coastal location is a hot spot for tourists due to its history and cultural treasures. While it has been a holiday destination for years, the area is increasingly becoming known for its golf courses.

Paphos

Suggested Courses

Aphrodite Hills: It’s an award-winning course that is well manicured and full of native plants. It also features a challenging, 130 meters-long gorge to work your shots around.

Where to Stay

Aphrodite Hills Hotel: This hotel is five stars and known for its elegance. Guests are offered fine dining and entertainment as well as pools, outdoor Jacuzzis and garden views.

What to do

Wander through the archeological park, visit the Tomb of Kings and spend some time learning a bit at the Episkopi Environmental Center.

 

Lisbon, Portugal

The weather is fantastic and the golf courses are in abundance around Portugal. While there are courses all over the country, the bustling city of Lisbon makes a great place to stay.

Lisbon Portugal

Suggested Course

Aldeia dos Capuchos: It features 9 holes and is one of the newest courses in the country. The ocean serves as the backdrop here and visitors will love the strategic bunkers, sloping greens and large lake.

Where to Stay

Sesimbra Hotel and Spa: Located right on the beach, this hotel is four stars and is in walking distance of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment after a long day of golf.

What to do

It’s impossible to get bored in this thriving city. Visit the various parks and gardens, wander the historic streets and dig into the night life if you have the energy.

 

Costa Brava, Spain

It used to be an unlikely golfing destination but now has been voted one of the most up and coming spots to golf. While the resorts are modern and lush, there are plenty of quaint fishing villages and culture to explore when you’re finished your game.

Catalunya Resort

Suggested Course

Emporda Links: The fairways are fast and wide with very little tree coverage. To have success on this challenging course, make sure that your shots are precise!

Where to Stay

Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort: It’s a five-star hotel that is actually located right on a 36-hole golf course. Enjoy the spa, outdoor pool, hot tub and hammam when you finish your game.

What to do

Wander the fishing village of Tossa de Mar if you want to add a little bit of culture and beauty to your trip. The old Jewish quarter of Girona as well as the Dali museum and marine park make great destinations as well.

 

Algarve, Portugal

This destination offers fantastic value as a golfing vacation spot. The course options are pretty wide and amongst the large hotels, there are also interesting fishing villages to explore.

Lagos

Suggested Course

Alamos: This course offers a variety of holes as well as undulating fairways and small sized greens. Conditions are great and the whole course is delightfully secluded.

Where to Stay

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort: It’s one of the most famous golf resorts in Europe and has quite a loyal following. It has charm, personality and offers elegant amenities on top of the fact that it has superb golf facilities.

What to do

Make sure to visit the old inner city of Lagos and see the red stone castle, Silves. Wander through the trails of Monchique mountains and try out one of the activities like mountain biking or a boat trip.

 

Cape Provinces, South Africa

This stunning area is characterized by good weather and is home to the country’s most famous city, Cape Town. The area is also full of vineyards and stunning desert scenery.

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Suggested Course

Arabella Country Estate: This estate is home to one of the most highly ranked courses in the country. There are tricky bunkers, pristine grass and an infamous closing hole.

Where to Stay

Arabella Hotel and Spa: It’s highly rated and offers rooms with private terraces to overlook the scenery. There is a swimming pool, plenty of elegant dining options and an award-winning spa.

What to do

Make sure to explore all of the museums and restaurants in Cape Town and take a drive to the wine growing region of Stellenbosch.

 

Vienna, Austria

This city is famous for the river that runs through it as well as the distinct culture. While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a golf getaway, it’s actually home to some pretty amazing courses.

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Suggested Course

Adamstal Golf Club: You’ll find this course amongst the alpine foothills. The holes are actually quite flat while still offering up a challenge. There is also a bonus 19th hole!

Where to Stay

Diamond Country Club: It’s located an hour west of Vienna but is well known as the home of the PGA European Tour Lyoness Austrian Open.

What to do

There is an overwhelming amount of sites to see here but try to make it to the MAK museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the outdoor markets.

 

Bruges, Belgium

Known for its Medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and fairytale-like atmosphere, Bruges makes a lovely destination for your next golfing vacation.

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Suggested Course 

Royal Zoute Golf Club: Only 25 minutes from Bruges, this course is one of the most premier in the country. It was designed by Harry Colt back in 1907 and is one of the top links courses in Europe. It resembles an English golf course and has hosted the Belgian Open for many years.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel Casselbergh: It’s a historic hotel located in the center of Bruges. Guests can enjoy the wellness center, the bar, sauna and Turkish bath. All of the amenities are perfect for relaxing after a long day of golf.

What to do

Make sure to check out the Brewery De Halve Maan to learn all about Belgian beer making and the Choco-Story Museum to learn all about how Belgian chocolate is made. There are actually enough museums to keep your schedule filled throughout the entire trip.

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Another fairytale city, Prague is home to Medieval architecture, a 9th-century castle and an old town square. The outskirts of the city are home to some prestigious golf courses that have seen some pretty prominent players over the years.

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Suggested Course

Albatross Golf Resort: Opened in 2009 and located just outside of Prague, this course sits at 420 meters above sea level. Due to its own distinct micro-climate, this course has the longest golf season in central Europe. It has 65 sand bunkers, seven lakes and is comprised of 50,400 square meters.

Where to Stay

Hotel Majestic Plaza: This hotel is located right in the center of Prague and offers a prestigious and elegant experience for guests. Guests can enjoy the outdoor and indoor pools, sauna, hot tub and restaurant which serves up some international cuisine.

What to do

Make sure to wander around both new and old town, walk along the Charles Bridge, and get a photo in front of the Dancing House.

 

Basque, France

Located in southern France, the Basque region has a French elegance with some Spanish flair. The natural scenery here is stunning, especially with the Pyrenees Mountains as a backdrop.

Basque

Suggested Course

Golf de Chantaco: This golf course is especially interesting as it’s located in the small fishing village of St. Jean de Luz. The course is family owned and was designed by Harry Colt. Golfers here can look forward to both coastal and woodland views.

Where to Stay

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz: This boutique hotel is located right in the heart of Biarritz. Guests here can walk to the casino, old port and 4 different golf courses.

What to do

Look at the architecture of the churches, visit the Museum of The Sea and spend some time lounging on the beaches.

 

South Coast, Ireland

This region of Ireland is full of history from castles and abbeys to stately homes. There is so much that visitors can see here aside from the pristine golf courses.

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Suggested Course

Dingle Links: The scenery here is breathtaking and makes it worth visiting even if you aren’t playing golf. The course is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Where to Stay

Hayfield Manor: It’s said that this is the grandest hotel in Cork as it’s perfectly secluded and rated five stars.

What to do

Have a look at the Ring of Kerry, view the lakes of Killarney and wander through the lovely fishing villages of Waterford and Wexford. Also, head to Cork if you want to spend a little time wandering a city.

 

Western Gulf, Thailand

This popular area of the country is home to some of Thailand’s most visited places like Hua Hin, Koh Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan. While each of the islands are great for beach lounging and partying, Hua Hin is especially good for golfing.

Hua Hin

Suggested Course

Banyan Golf Club: Rolex named this course one of the top 1000 in the world. The course is 7,361 yards par-3 and has plenty of sand traps, waste bunkers and water hazards.

Where to Stay

Wannara Hotel: This four-star property is located in walking distance of Hua Hin beach. It’s modern in style and offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and on site restaurant.

What to do

If you can, head on over to the islands for a relaxing getaway once you finish your golfing. While in Hua Hin, try to get to the Railway Station, Klai Kangwon Palace, and Sam Roi Yot National Park.

 

Arizona, U.S.A

It’s full of desert, cacti and of course, the Grand Canyon. The weather here is ideal and the golf courses are abundant.

grand canyon

Suggested Course

Boulders North Course: Designed by Jay Morrish, this course is considered one of the very best in the area. It is 7000 yards with a par 72 and is surrounding by spectacular landscapes of desert and mountains.

Where to Stay

Hyatt House Hotel: It’s located in Scottsdale and is only a short walk from a nice selection of bars and restaurants. They have suites available that offer plenty of comforts like a lounge and equipped kitchen.

What to do

Make sure to visit the Grand Canyon! It should be the top destination on your list. Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon are also gorgeous, natural sites that are worth visiting too.

 

North Region, Puerto Rico

This region of the country is full of caves, lagoons and rugged coastline. It’s all about the nature here which make the golf courses particularly beautiful.

Royal Isabela

Suggested Course

Royal Isabela-The Links: It’s a challenging 18-hole course that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is run by one of Puerto Rico’s most respected golf professionals.

Where to Stay

Royal Isabela: This hotel is the best place to stay if you want to be close to the golf course. Plus, it also overlooks the ocean as well as all of the other natural scenery.

What to do

Check out the bioluminescent bays, hang in the casinos and go snorkeling or scuba diving if you’re up for it.

 

Marrakech, Morocco

This city will take you back in time while offering up all of the best of the country’s culture. It has a stunning backdrop and plenty to do.

morocco

Suggested Course

Al Maaden Golf Course: It’s a par 72 course that measures 6644m and has strategically placed bunkers and plenty of water. The course can be quite challenging, but in a good way!

Where to Stay

Riad Cinnamon: This boutique hotel is tiny, housing only 5 suites. However, it offers the chance to stay amongst the winding streets of the ancient city and has pretty gardens, a roof terrace and dipping pools.

What to do

Make sure to wander around the souks, get a glimpse at the tanneries and view the architecture of the mosques. Don’t forget to drink the mint tea too.

 

Check out our destinations page for more inspiration of where to go on your golfing holiday. If you’d like to discuss this further, please do get in touch.

Our Guide to the Best Golf Travel Bags

Our Guide to the Best Golf Travel Bags

Golfers love to travel. In fact, golfing holidays has been one of the biggest travel trends in recent years. With the luxury travel market expanding and becoming more accessible to families, plus even more emerging overseas destinations beyond the well-known clubs of Scotland and Ireland, golf travel has never been more popular. With baby boomers retiring in great numbers too, the demand for bucket list golf courses has also grown.

St Andrews

In 2014, it was reported that golfers took more domestic trips than skiers, tennis players and sailors combined. So it’s truly an exciting time for golf tourism and this means that golfers are looking more closely at their travel and storage solutions. Especially for aviation and long haul flights. Airlines have tightened their rules on suitable golf bags to travel with too, making it more important than ever to ensure you have the right protective cover for your clubs before you jet off.

If you’re looking for a good quality, reliable golf travel bag cover, either for overseas or domestic travel, read on for our guide to the best travel bags on the market right now!

What to Look For in a Travel Bag Cover

The first thing you need to consider is the main purpose of your golf bag and whether you need a basic golf bag (for day to day storage), a golf bag with a travel cover (for golf holidays and travel), or a more substantial case (ideal for frequent flyers and professional players). Prices of golf bags and golf bag covers will vary from brand to brand, the type of bag, as well as the choice of material. But if you regularly fly overseas, you may want to look at the high-end options to keep your clubs fully protected when in transit. If you prefer to play locally, a low-budget option may be more cost effective.

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Some considerations when shopping for a golf travel bag are:

  • Weight – lightweight bags are much easier and more affordable to transport but please bear in mind that many lightweight designs do not come with the highly protective features of a hard case or heavyweight bag. For frequent fliers or pro players, a hard case may be a better investment in the long run.
  • Size – when shopping for a golf travel bag cover, you have to make sure that you get the right dimensions so it fits snugly over your existing golf bag. It’s important to measure your bag before purchasing online to ensure that the cover isn’t too small; but a cover that is too large can also be a problem as clubs could be left loose inside, encouraging movement and potential breakages.
  • Wheels – wherever possible, we always advise buying a golf bag with wheels. For domestic or overseas travel, a bag with wheels is much easier to carry and will make travel connections run a lot more smoothly. Some hard cases for flights even come with 4 wheels for multi-directional ease at airports and many fabric bag covers also come with handles or shoulder straps for stairs and tight spaces.
  • Water resistance – in most cases, a water resistant bag cover may not be a top priority. But if you expect your bag to be outside or you don’t want to encourage damp and rusting, a water tight travel bag may be the best option.

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  • Extra compartments – additional compartments such as a shoe pocket or garment storage bags can come in handy if your suitcase is running low on space. Being able to store your footwear makes getting straight on the course easy if you’ve had a long journey.
  • Locking function – for added security, you can choose a golf travel case with a built-in locking system. But don’t worry if your bag doesn’t come with a lock and key because most airports now offer bag wrapping before you check-in.
  • Padding / protection – is your golf bag sufficiently padded? Thinner lightweight bags may appeal to you if you want something that is easy to transport but remember that some of the lightweight bags aren’t as thick, therefore they aren’t as protective.

Different Types of Golf Travel Bags

There are a number of ways you can transport your golf clubs for air, rail or sea travel. Before travelling, please check with your travel company or airline that your travel bag clears all requirements for damage cover. For help on choosing the right travel bag, here are some different types of golf travel bags that you may find suitable

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Golf Bag Travel Cover

One of the more affordable solutions is a bag cover which can be easily placed over your existing golf bag. These are normally designed to be relatively lightweight and can be easily packed away / folded for hassle-free storage. Some bags come with a reinforced wheel base so you can manoeuvre your clubs easily indoors or out. But one of the biggest complaints with this style of design is that these bags are not always very successful at staying upright; so our advice is to try these bag covers out for yourself in a shop if possible.

Hard Case

Hard cases are the best for heavy duty use and long haul travel. These specialist cases are the best option if you want to protect your golf clubs as much as possible. But bear in mind that hard cases are extremely heavy and may not be as easy to transport as a lightweight bag cover.

Hard Top Travel Cover

If you want the best of both worlds, you could opt for a hybrid design; a golf bag which incorporates a hard shell top to protect the head of your golf clubs and a soft cover that is easy to carry or fold away for storage anywhere in the home.

Recommended Brands / Bags

The most important factor to consider when shopping for the perfect golf travel bag is to find a bag that suits your budget and your personal needs. Every golfer is different so we can’t tell you which bag is the best. But here’s a list of some of our favourites (and some of the top rated bags by golf experts) so you can make an informed purchase.

Bag Boy T-2000

This awesome bag cover has been around since 2014 and has quickly become a favourite amongst keen golfers who need a reliable yet easy to use travel bag. Designed with a super ergonomic swivel grip, the Bad Boy T-2000 is much easier to turn corners with and it’s easier on your wrist too. The large opening at the front makes loading and unloading your clubs extremely easy and it comes with ample padding to ensure your golf equipment is fully protected.

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Samsonite Hardside

A very popular golf club hard case with fantastic reviews. It’s a bit pricier than fabric travel bags but it’s worth the investment if you are a frequent traveller and need maximum protection for your expensive gear. The outer shell is tough but lightweight, the 4 wheel movement makes travelling all the more easier, and being able to stand upright independently means that you won’t have to keep propping your bag up.

Tour Trek GTS Hardcase

As solid as a rock and extremely easy to manoeuvre at the airport with its 4 wheel system, the Tour Trek GTS Hardcase is a top choice of many amateur and professional golfers. Made from a lightweight plastic ABS protective outer, it won’t weigh you down at airports and it has a very attractive price tag compared to other similar models.

Nike Golf Travel Cover

The Nike Golf Travel Cover is reasonably priced and offers golfers added peace of mind with a hard moulded top section to keep club heads safe from being bashed about. It’s a basic but well-constructed product and makes a superb budget option!

Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian

This is one of the best golf travel bags on the market. What sets the Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian apart from other products is its unique integrated leg system which easily extends when you need it to. This makes it perfect for loading and unloading, and it’s also ideal for those with back problems who don’t want to keep bending down every time they take out a new club. The extended leg, complete with wheels, is also used when travelling so you can enjoy easy manoeuvring at airports and train platforms. The bag also has two pockets, internal cinch straps, pivoting caster wheels and comes in four different colours.

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The Club Glove Last Bag

If all the pros use it then it must be good! The Club Glove Last Bag is one of the most popular travel bags used by golfing professional. With a durable design and heavy duty materials, additional space for other gear and accessories, plus a soft cover that can fit into most spaces, it’s easy to see why. This travel bag pretty much ticks all the boxes and although it’s not one of the cheapest options available, it’s not overpriced either.

SKB Deluxe

The SKB Deluxe is reasonably affordable for a hard case and it even comes with warranty on various case defects so you can rely on it for years to come. It promises to get your golf clubs from A to B safely and will withstand all forms of punishment in transit. And because of the way it’s designed, it meets all or most airline requirements for peace of mind coverage for the cost of your clubs if they do get damaged.

Packing & Travel Tips

We all want peace of mind when travelling and we want to know that our prized golf clubs are looked after in transit and will arrive in one piece. They’re a big investment after all, so buying a decent travel bag for them is worth the extra pay out. Here are some great tips for travelling and packing:

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  • Always check with your airline before you travel – some airlines are clamping down on what golf bags are adequate and if passengers don’t meet these requirements, the airline will not be liable for any damages.
  • Get additional travel insurance – it’s important to understand exactly what will be covered if there is loss / damage to your clubs when travelling with your chosen airline. If your golf travel bag does not meet airline requirements, you may need to purchase additional insurance to cover the full cost of your golf clubs.
  • Keep all receipts for your golf equipment – keeping an inventory will help you stay organised when travelling. Hang onto all purchase receipts in case you need to make a claim.
  • Pack your golf clubs with towels – using towels to wrap around your clubs for extra protection is a good idea, especially if you expect your luggage to be moved around in transit between destinations. The cushioning will provide shock absorption for your clubs, preventing breakages.
  • Consider hiring your clubs instead – finally, as a last piece of advice, if you’re only expecting to play one or two rounds of golf whilst you’re abroad and you don’t have a suitable travel bag, why not consider hiring clubs on arrival? Top resorts and courses offer pro quality clubs for hire which will save you the hassle if you aren’t sure about travelling with your own.

If you’d like any more information about choosing the best golf travel bag, or about where to go when you’ve found it, please do get in touch with us.

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The Best Resorts for Families

This week’s blog is on the best resorts for your family golf holidays. These resorts all provide so many things to do and see that no one could ever be bored. As you have probably already enjoyed a fantastic family holiday this summer it is about time for you to start planning your family holiday for 2017 and these are definitely some fantastic resorts to consider…

 

Undoubtedly, two of the best resorts for your next family getaway are the two Cornelia resorts in Belek – Cornelia Deluxe and Cornelia Diamond. Both of these resorts are fabulous five-star hotels with the highest quality of facilities and service that you could wish for.

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The Cornelia Deluxe resort is situated on the beach where guests can enjoy having a private area of the beach to relax on. There are also several other outdoor pools in the resort with waterfalls and waterslides! The rooms are all very luxurious and spacious with their own private balconies, satellite TV and a minibar. There are plenty of different sporting activities available from watersports to tennis to, of course, golf. Kids can enjoy the mini club where there are plenty of planned activities for them as well as a disco most evenings which is perfect for when you want to enjoy a round of golf or relax in the spa and they want to carry on enjoying an action-packed holiday. When staying here you can appreciate the reduced green fees at the stunning Cornelia Faldo course and as it isn’t far from the hotel at all it means that you can feel comfortable leaving your family in the mini club or at the spa or just relaxing by the pool whilst you go off for a round of golf. With plenty to do, eat and drink in this stunning hotel with several a la carte restaurants and bars at your disposal at all times of day there is nowhere more perfect for your next family golf break!

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The Cornelia Diamond is also just a short walk from the beach where the resort owns a 250-metre-long stretch of beach which is reserved for guests staying at the hotel. The Cornelia’s animation team here is fantastic and they arrange so many different activities both by the beach club and at the different outdoor pools that you can always get involved in – there are activities run from beach volleyball to water aerobics. Down by the beach you can do a range of different watersports or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. In the resort, there is nightly entertainment from dance shows to concerts and everything in-between! This resort boasts one of the biggest spa facilities in the area which you can enjoy whilst staying here whilst the children are busy with the animation team! There is also a free shuttle which only takes two minutes to the great Cornelia Faldo course so you are in close range of everything you could possibly want whilst staying here! Like the other Cornelia resort, there is so much to do, eat and drink here that you are bound to have a fantastic family holiday in a resort which definitely provides ‘something for everyone’.

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Another fantastic family resort is the Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort which is situated on the Algarve. This is a luxurious five-star hotel situated in the middle of the Vale do Lobo estate where there are plenty of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy. On your doorstep here you also have a lovely sandy beach and the San Lorenzo golf course which is one that is a must-play by any discerning golfer. This is a great hotel with a stunning pool area and lovely beach within a short walk away which makes it perfect for your next relaxing family golfing getaway to the sun.dona-filipa-san-lorenzo

La Manga Club Las Lomas Village in Murcia, Spain is another great family holiday destination as staying in one of the apartments here means that you have the option to cook for yourselves which can be easier with a family. There are restaurants nearby to the apartments so if you do want to eat out whilst staying here that is also an option. The apartments are spacious and decorated nicely with a fully-furnished kitchen and they have spectacular views over the North Course and out to the sea. There’s a lovely outdoor pool area for the whole family to enjoy and with three fantastic golf courses within close proximity you will never be short of somewhere to have a good round at!

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The five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel in Cyprus is another great hotel perfect for a luxurious family holiday. There are some beautifully decorated suites here which have the option for interconnecting rooms which is perfect for when you need to keep an eye on the whole family. Just a five minutes’ drive away are two beautiful beaches but if you prefer to stay onsite then you can enjoy the lovely outdoor pool areas and the spa and wellness facilities there. The Aphrodite Hills golf course is just a two-minute walk from the hotel where you can enjoy a brilliant round on a top course just outside of your hotel basically! This is fabulous hotel for a relaxing, quiet and luxurious golf break to Cyprus.

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Last, but not least is the five-star Westin Resort in Costa Navarino, Greece. This is a lovely family-friendly resort where kids can get involved in the sporting activities as much as adults can with the kids’ golf and tennis courts available. There are over ten restaurants here offering all kinds of different cuisines which means that even the pickiest eaters will find something that they love. With two golf courses – Dunes course and Bay course – within such close proximity and with many of our packages offering free golf transfers from the hotel this is a no-hassle holiday destination perfect for your next family golf escape.

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We hope that this week’s blog has opened your eyes to some of the superb four and five-star resorts that are around and perfect for your next family holiday whether it be for next Easter or summertime.

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