Whether it’s for buddy trips, vacations, family getaways or to check another course off the bucket list, millions of golfers travel far from home every year to play golf.
So what percentage of golf travelers prefer to play with their own clubs rather than rent or borrow?
Recent NGF research finds that approximately 81 percent of travelers will use their own clubs when on the road for a golf trip that includes an overnight stay.
The breakout of that statistic includes 77 percent who indicate they travel with their clubs — either by plane or car — while 4 percent chose to have their golf bag delivered by a company such as Ship Sticks, which recently was selected as one of the NGF’s Top 100 businesses in golf. Approximately 11 percent opt to rent clubs when traveling for golf, while 9 percent said they typically borrow.
Not surprisingly, golf travelers find it significantly easier to bring their clubs along when driving, with 92 percent of those surveyed saying they put their golf bag in the trunk.
When flying, just over half of golf travelers (56%) opt to bring their own clubs. Six percent prefer to have their clubs shipped rather than drag them through the airport, while 21 percent say they rent and 16 percent borrow clubs from a friend or family member.
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