Best Golf Travel Bags 2024 – Hard and Soft Cases - Golf Sidekick

Best Golf Travel Bags 2024 – Hard and Soft Cases

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by Matt Greene
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What are the best golf travel bags for airlines? You want a strong bag to protect those valuable clubs because airlines do not like paying you for broken clubs.

I've traveled to 15 countries with my clubs and never had a single breakage. That's a combination of both the right golf club travel bag and expert packing.

I've been on some of the worst airlines you can imagine and never had a breakage. I'm confident that you'll make the right choice after reading this article. The best golf travel bag currently is the SKB Deluxe Hard Cover golf bag

Best Golf Travel Bags for Airlines in 2023

  1. SKB Deluxe ATA Hard Cover (best value with superior guarantee) 
  2. CaddyDaddy First Class Premium (best for frequent travelers - airline guarantee)
  3. Club Glove Last Bag Soft Cover (more spacious - used by Tour pros)
  4. CaddyDaddy Enforce Hybrid Cover (lightweight soft-hard combo)
  5. Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian Soft Cover (easiest for check in)
  6. GTB Caravan 3.0 Soft Cover (best cheap travel bag)

*All of these bags are compliant with airline policies. The only thing to remember is the weight restrictions and to double check the airline policies to ensure once the bag is packed, it doesn't exceed maximum weight - usually around 50 lbs.

SKB Deluxe ATA Golf Travel Bag

A Sherman tank with a million mile warranty

skb golf club travel case

The American-made SKB Deluxe is made of molded polyethylene which makes it not only dirt and moisture resistant but extremely strong. So strong in fact, that the manufacturer offers $1500 club coverage and a million mile guarantee on the case.

With that sturdiness and strength comes a bit of extra weight though and at 18 lbs, the SKB travel bag isn't light. With your bag loaded inside, you might have enough airline weight allowance for a pair of golf shoes.

You'll be able to put pretty much any bag in here but it works especially well for good 14 way stand bags and push cart bags. It's a tight fit for larger cart bags and staff bags but with a bit of effort, it'll hold it all. The inline skate wheels make wheeling this solid structure around very easy.

There are three locks on the bag and keys are included. A TSA lock is included which is fantastic because this bag is a magnet for TSA and will be checked. It's always best not to put too much loose stuff in the case because the ever reliable TSA will reliably lose it for you.

One of the other areas that could be improved actually, are the locks. They could be made of a material more in-line with the sturdiness of the case but are made of a hard plastic. They do however work very well. 

This is easily the best hard case golf travel bag on the market.


  • Extremely strong - probably the last travel bag you'll buy
  • Fits even tour staff bags
  • Incredible $1500 club coverage and million mile warranty
  • Comes with TSA approved lock
  • Water and dust resistant


  • Heavy at 18 lbs

Caddy Daddy First Class Premium

Best bag for frequent travelers

first class caddy daddy

The First Class Travel Cover is uses the very best YKK zippers and has a wheelbase that let's the bag stand by itself. but the clincher for the CaddyDaddy is that CaddyDaddy covers any damage caused by airlines for 2 years on the the First Class model with no limitations.

Two layers of EVA foam protects your clubs and internal pockets can be stuffed with clothes and shoes to add extra protection. The First Class Travel golf bag has been made purposefully with the golf traveler in mind whether by air or road. 

Material: 1000D Ballistic nylon
Dimensions: 15 x 13 x 51 inches
Weight: 10 pounds
Wheels: 2


  • Durable construction with tough nylon fabric
  • Big pockets to store more items like balls and shoes and alcohol
  • Heavy duty wheels that won't break all the time
  • Two year replacement warranty even if the airlines damage your bag


  • No hard cover option in this bag

Club Glove Last Bag

Trusted by Tour pros and comes in 20 colors

club glove golf club travel bag

This travel golf bag from Club Glove is spacious and strong enough that it is the most trusted bag on the PGA Tour among the pros. It's water resistant and comes in 20 colors. 

it can hold even a big Tour bag and two pairs of shoes. There's just so much space and with the light weight, you have 40 lbs to stuff everything you can into your golf bag. It's made in the USA and includes high quality YKK zippers and ITW Nexus buckles and if you know anything about zippers and clasps, these are the highest quality. Placing your clubs inside the bag is easy and once you zip it closed, you can then connect the buckles for a tight fit without any club rattle.

Materials: 1000 D nylon/cordura
Dimension: 51 x 19 x 16 inches
Weight: 10.6 pounds
Wheels: 2

If you want to add another level of club safety in a soft cover bag, take a look at the Stiff Arm and for TSA approved locks, you can't go wrong with a cheap Master lock


  • Very roomy inside 
  • Excellent zipper and clasp system to keep clubs from rattling around
  • Lifetime warranty - trusted by Justin Rose, DJ, Justin Thomas
  • Extra padding around where the club heads go


  • Very pricey

CaddyDaddy Enforcer travel bag

Lightweight budget option for stress-free packing

caddy daddy constrictor 2 golf bag

The CaddyDaddy Enforcer Hard top is a hybrid golf travel bag so it has a soft body but a top piece which is hard. There are two huge pockets on the side of the Enforcer which hold your shoes, jackets and some sneaky extra luggage. 

When I store the Enforcer when I'm not traveling, the soft part of the bag folds into the top hard case. You zip it closed and it's a compact package to put inside a cupboard. Easy storage.

Materials: 1800D fabric
Dimension: 51 x 13 x 15 inches
Weight: 9 pounds
Wheels: 2


  • Very well priced
  • Business card window on the fancy baggage tag means it's not getting stolen
  • Internal compression straps to stop bag movement
  • Loads of storage space internally and externally
  • Very easy to store when you're not using it
  • Cart bags or stand bags fit in here easily


  • Internal strap not the best for holding clubs in place
  • Reinforcement around your clubs is advised as there is not much padding

Sun Mountain Club Glider Meridian

Easiest to wheel through check-in lines

club glider golf bag

The Sun Mountain ClubGlider Meridian golf travel bag will glide with you at the airport on the four wheels with ease. This golf travel bag won the Golf Digest Editors’ Choice award six years in a row.

There is a second set of wheels that retract along with the built-in inline skate wheels. You can pull your bag everywhere around the airport, never feeling the full weight of the bag. The ClubGlider takes all thr weight off your arm. The bag never topples over despite being top heavy with your irons.

The Sun Mountain has enough space for your golf bag with club, a small carry on and golf shoes. There's a one year warranty on the Club Glider Meridian travel bag itself but not on your clubs which the SKB does offer at a lower price point.

Overall, a nice bag that will need a bit more support around the club heads but there is no easier golf travel bag to wheel around.

Material: Ballistic nylon
Dimensions: 52 x 14 x 14 inches
Weight: 11 pounds
Wheels: 4


  • Sole focus here is to wheel your bag around super easily
  • Four wheels turn the bag into a trolley on its own - easy for check in
  • Takes weight off your arm and with carabiners can be used to attach other bags like a train
  • Excellent color options


  • Main zipper isn't designed for a lock
  • External pockets extend inward not outward
  • Not much padding around clubs

Golf Travel Bags Caravan 3.0

Super value for money very under budget

golf caravan golf club travel bag

Excellent external pockets and riveted handles make the Caravan 3.0 extremely high value. There is little difference between this bag and the Constrictor 2. The weight is similar and the setup is almost identical.

There's plenty of space inside to pack everything you could need on your golf trip. The two pockets on the exterior easily fit one pair of golf shoes each. While this bag isn't going to last forever like an SKB or Club Glove, it's a great budget option if you don't travel extensively with your clubs.

Bag Boy Back Bone

This little stick will prevent the force from a golf bag being thrown around from impacting your club heads. It keeps the top of the bag firm and stops crushing forces pushing down on the driver and longer clubs. This will prevent snapped shafts in soft cover travel bags.

Bag Boy Backbone

Key features of a golf travel bag

Lightweight is best because of baggage weight restriction

This is very important because some airlines restrict the weight of sports equipment. Do you travel low-cost or full-service most of the time? Check airline rules - generally 50 lbs total is about the norm for sports equipment.

Depending on how frequently you travel, it’s important to get one that is relatively easy to transport back and forth. If you’re older or have some back issues, I recommend getting a lighter, soft shell bag to ensure it’s easy to get them in and out of the trunk.

No need to suffer a pointless injury on the way to your golf vacation. Plus, weight is a big factor for how much it costs to shipping your golf gear as well. Depending on the airline, if you go over a certain limit you’ll have to pay even more money each way.  

Also, it’s important to note unlike bags, these do not come with a shoulder strap and you’ll always have to push or pull it. 

High quality wheels makes transport easy

The wheels make moving the bag around so much easier than carrying so I've featured only wheeled bags here.

I struggled for too long with a carry travel bag.

Some bags have spinner wheels to change direction easily but most will only have two and you have to hold the handle at the top of the bag as you wheels it around. This can be cumbersome to change direction but if the airports are not too crowed, you'll be okay.

Side pockets can contain more gear

You need pockets for accessories, clothes and golf shoes. On the trips where weather may be variable and you need a lot of layers or jackets, it's always better to have too much storage than too little. 

You want to know how much space is inside the bag as well.

Outside the bag, the soft cover cases are better as they have zippable pockets whereas the hard cover have none. 

Hard shell or soft cover bags need different storage space

Hard cases will be heavier and more difficult to store in a small space when you're not using them.

A soft cover bag can be folded up and placed in a cupboard.

The hard case offers superior protection to your shafts and clubheads while the soft cover will need a stiffener like a bag boy stick or a lot of extra padding made up of golf shoes, towels, clothes and headcovers.

I use a hybrid bag which has a soft cover around the bottom of the golf bag but a hard cover on top just around the clubs. 

Warranties are important for protection

Double check the warranties of the companies who make the bags. Some of them extend for a year or two and you might even find some that cover the damage to clubs, as well as even damage to clubs inflicted upon your bag by the airlines!

Approve locks and padlocks make TSA inspections easy

TSA will check certain bags and some do come with TSA locks otherwise purchase a TSA-approved lock from Master.

High price high quality

Like anything in golf, you get what you pay for.

When it comes to a golf travel bag, I like to get the best travel bag for my golf bag that I can.

I do not have much storage space at home so I prefer not to go with an entirely hard case. I like to fold it up and place it in the closet. That led me to the case which has a hard top and a soft bottom but with a lot of external storage because I go for longer trips and I like to squeeze in extra jackets and socks.

I got the most expensive one I could afford and I have not experienced a single breakage.

How I pack my golf clubs for travel safely

This is by no means pretty, but it is effective. If you don't want to buy a travel bag or you want a soft cover travel bag, you can do this.

  1. Clip on your rain cover and unzip to let it hang loose. It's easier to do the final step if you put the cover on now.
  2. Unscrew the driver head from the shaft and put the shaft into the bag with the clubs. If your driver doesn't unscrew, go to the next step.
  3. Put your woods and hybrids upside down into the bag. Be sure to put some old socks on the heads to prevent scratches.
  4. Bunch the shafts that are sticking out the top together and put your umbrella in the bag to act as a splint for more support.
  5. Turn your irons in so the toes are all facing your woods' shafts and bunch them all together and wrap a towel (or two) around the whole set.
  6. Once the towels are tightly wrapped around the club heads, zip up the club cover.
  7. Put the driver head and wrench into a jacket and place it in a secure pocket.
  8. Use cellophane wrap and masking tape to wrap it all up for a budget version of the airport service


The best travel bags are expensive and they're expensive because they last.

An SKB hard case will serve any golfer well and for the price, there is little reason to get a soft cover travel bag for airlines.

If a hard cover bag is not ideal and storage becomes a pain in the butt, the high-priced Club Glove is virtually indestructible and protects your golf clubs amazingly.

For those who don't like lugging a golf travel bag around by a flimsy handle, the Sun Mountain makes travel easy.

These three are the best golf travel bags for airlines hands down.

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by Matt Greene