How to Fly with Your Golf Clubs

The most important part of golf travel is making the plans. That is where we come in, Ty Daniels can help pack in all the rounds of golf and entertainment that you can fit in your trip. By having all your tee times and entertainment planned you can just go through the motions of a smooth vacation.

After you have your plans set, before your trip, you must pack wisely. Packing for a golf trip is very different from a normally vacation. If it is a short trip (i.e. weekend mini tour) you might have more golf stuff than clothes. In our experiences with flying you should try to carry on as much as you can and check only your golf clubs with the airline.

Stay in control of your baggage, by having it with you.

It might seem like a hassle not checking all your bags, but it insures that they don’t get lost or any damage occurs. Think about packing in two sections. First section is packing your clubs which you will check, and second is your clothes and personal items which you will carry on the flight.

When packing your clubs keep in mind that the airlines have weight restrictions and will only insure your golf clubs if in a hard-case?. If you are still using a soft-case? You’re traveling at your own risk.

A good thing to do when packing your clubs is to fit everything you can in your case with your clubs (shoes, jacket / wind breaker, golf towels, etc.). But, remember that airlines have weight limits so there is a fine line has to how much you want to pack. Normally 50 pounds is a good weight to stay under, over that most airlines will charge you. Check with your airlines directly for more details before your flight, every airline will have different guidelines.

When packing your case with clubs a good thing to do is use your extra towels and/or wind breakers to help pad your clubs even more with in the hard case. Then your clubs will not flop around as much inside the case during travel. Try putting your rain cover on your bag, and then place a towel inside as padding.

The basic idea is to keep everything in its place, when traveling the airline staff will throw the case around every witch way and it will need to be OK whether upright or upside-down.

Some airports still have curb-side check in? but try not to count on it for convenience. Since golf clubs are considered an over-sized? bag you will have to take them to over-sized check in? anyway.

Now this is important: when you take your clubs to the over-sized check in? you will have to open your case for security procedures. If your have locks on your case you will have to open the case for the inspection. But, if you wait around you can lock your case after inspection, so that during the flight the case is locked until it gets back to you at your destination.

Then when you arrive you will have all your clothes and personal items, all you will have to pick up are your clubs at over-sized baggage claim?. In our experiences your clubs normally show up before your bags and if you only need to pick up your clubs you can get out of the airport faster.

Keep in mind that in some airports your over-sized bags will come out on the regular baggage claim. Just ask your airline attendant at the arrival airport if you are unsure.

Once through the baggage claims your next step is meeting people, a rental car or a limo service. With all of the Ty Daniels Golf Packages it is always your choice of rental car and/or limo service.

Now you are on your way to enjoy your golf trip ;)

How to Pack Your Golf Clubs For a Flight.

Pick your case

The first thing you have to do when packing your golf clubs is to pick your traveling case. You really have two basic choices, soft case or a hard case.

A soft case is quit easy most of the time, but we do not recommend the use of soft cases when traveling with the airlines. The main reason for that is they are not insured by the airlines if something were to happen during the flight from drop off to baggage claim.

But if you are going to use a soft case there are things you can do help protect your clubs. The one thing we recommend is using some way of taking pressure off the top of your clubs.

A good way to do that is get some 1 1/2 pvc pipe and cut it just longer than your driver. Then make one end a T that is just barely wider than your club bag. Just place it in with your clubs and then in side the soft case to help keep pressure off your clubs.

Overall we recommend that you use a hard case for your clubs during any flight when checking your clubs. Since you are basically insured? by the airline, and they just take better care of your equipment.

 

Our Ty Favorite? hard cases are the two from Bag Boy, the THC-3 staff bag case and the stand bag case. The larger staff bag size is solid black and the slightly smaller stand bag case is silver in color.

Each of the Bag Boy hard cases mentioned break away in to 3 pieces for easy storage. The break away makes it so easy to pack, you can go layer by layer to help protect your clubs from moving around during the flight.

Pick your items to pack

You have to be careful about what you try and pack in with your clubs, like towels, shoes, jackets, etc. Because every airline with have different guidelines, mainly weight restrictions and some will only allow certain items packed in with your clubs. See your airline for their restrictions.

Pick your extra padding

If you can pack extra items the easiest things to use as padding are your golf shoes or extra shoes, windbreaker or jacket, extra towels, and even your shoe bag if you have one.

Start packing :

Packing your clubs like packing anything else is just like Tetris, you have got to fit everything with minimal space in between.

         

First thing is to cover your clubs even your irons and wedges with the small neoprene covers for protection. Then put on your rain cover, place one or two golf towels in side and zip it up. Place your shoes at the bottom level one on each side helping center your clubs.

Then place the second hard piece on. With the second level on the hard case you can now put in bigger items like towels jackets etc. Then just place what you can around the top of your clubs to keep it as close the center during travel.

 

Unique identifier

After you have sealed your case lock it up and try to place a unique identifier on your case. You can paint or mark you case, place a colored string or ribbon, or some type of brightly colored reminder that that is your case. It helps you and others whom see a similar case but know it’s not theirs because they didn’t have a bright green string tied around the handle.

What to worry about

Keep in mind that airlines have weight restrictions, some are 50 some are 75 pounds. Also each airline has different guidelines so you may or may not be able to use our packing guide. Each airline that does insure your golf clubs with a hard case will all have different dollar amount coverage and overall guidelines so make sure to check with your specific airline.

To play it safe when you are checking in at the airport with your clubs have your other bag not completely full so if they tell you your case is over weight, just take out a few of your heavier extra items like shoes and put them in your other checked bag.

Then you will mostly likely take your clubs to ? check in, they will ask to open your case to inspect for security purposes.

Unlock the case for them but, make sure to wait around so that once they have done their inspection you can lock up your bag again for the travel to the baggage claim at your destination.

Flying with Delta and Your Golf Clubs

Here is a quick travel tip when flying with your golf clubs on Delta Airlines within the United States.

Keep your golf travel case or bag under 50 pounds.

Even if you are a few pounds over they will charge you $25.00.

But of course there are exceptions, if you are a Medallion Member they have different guidelines.

Now is that fair ? seriously think about it :???:

We can understand the weight limits, but they should be straight a crossed the board. Just because a person flies more with Delta, should they be able to carry on more weight than anyone else ?

We don’t think so, sorry Medallion Members, you should get better pricing on flights, better upgrade opportunities, and rewards points or frequent flyer miles but, being able to carry more weight than other passengers just doesn’t make much sense.

So when flying with Delta Airlines make sure your golf case or bag is under 50 pounds. So you don’t get stuck spending $25.00 to get your clubs on your golf vacation, and another $25.00 just to get them home again.

New York Golf

New York state boosts some of the most beautiful golf courses, and with 600 private and public courses to choose from, any golfer is satisfied.

An obvious first choice would have to be Bethpage State Park, the largest public golf facility in the world, home to 5 18-hole courses.

If a private course is more your style, Donald Trump’s National Golf Club in Westchester. Officially opened its doors in 2002 and the course features majestic beauty and the clubhouse is decorated in what is officially known as, “Trump Style.” Paring a fine golf course with the exceptional service Donald himself would expect, this is a course every avid golfer should visit.

Montauk Downs National Park offers a course designed by Robert Trent Jones in a park where there are many other activities to keep the rest of the family occupied outside. Also offering tennis courts, a pool and a grill which serves breakfast and lunch its an ideal outing for everyone in the family.

One of the four local golf courses in Queens, Clearview Golf Course is among the best, it offers a course that is challenging but not too daunting. It is known for its water hazards, this course boosts a fourth hole that requires a shot over water.

Australian Golfers Have Kangaroo Hazards

Depending on where you play golf the hazards can vary from big sand traps or bunkers to “beachfront” water hazards lining a side of a fairway.

But some courses have “regulars” or “natives” that you have to watch out for. By that we mean mother nature, some mountain courses you have to watch out for bears, some bobcats or lynx, and even snakes !

At Coyote Hills golf course you have to watch out for, both snakes and squirrels. Signs say not to look for your ball in certain out-of-bounds areas because the possibility of poisonous rattle snakes.

Then the squirrels, the seem to plan ambushes to steal your snacks or lunch right off your golf cart. You park your cart by the green and once you go to putt they attack your cart and run off into the woods with your food.

“Sun City Golf Course” in Australia, you have kangaroo hazards !
Not that they will attack you, or poison you, but they might try and steal food from you. The kangaroos seem to coexist on the course and create a great atmosphere.

Sun City Country Club is one of the top ten courses in Western Australia, and has also made it on the list of the top 50 golf courses in Australia nationwide.

For more information on this course you can visit there website, or visit them just a 15 minute drive from Mindarie.

Hummingbird in its Nest at Brea Creek Golf Course

In Southern California you find find many types of wildlife on a golf course. Over the years some of us have seen a range from coyotes and rattlesnakes at Hidden Valley, or cunning squirrels that will steal your food at Coyote Hills, and even a variety of geese and ducks at Tustin Ranch.

While playing at Brea Creek we have seen some amazing hawks catching birds in mid-flight, but recently we got a great picture of a Hummingbird sitting in its nest.

Most of us had always seen Hummingbirds flying by, blurry, never sitting still for a moment. Its really rare to find a Hummingbird sitting in their nest, and be able to get a picture of it too.

Foggy Twilight Golf At David L. Baker Golf Course

Playing at David L. Baker Golf Course the other night, there was a pretty thick fog that rolled in and our twilight round turnned into something out of “The Hounds of Baskerville”.

Even though it added another element of difficulty, with a glow ball it was very easy to find your ball and it was a lot of fun!

Golfing at night can make for great practice, and with less people on the course, you can play a much faster round too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Orange County Golf Tournaments

Looking for local upcoming golf tournaments in Orange County and other surrounding Southern California areas?

Its been quite difficult until now, Golf ETA has a centralized calendar of events for all the local courses.

Whether your in South County areas like San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, Central OC areas like Irvine ad Tustin, Coastal cities like Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, and Northern OC cites like Fullerton or Brea you can find a golf tournament near you.

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