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Ship Sticks has been transporting golf bags and minimizing travel headaches for golfers since 2011, creating a niche while establishing itself as a notable innovator within the industry.
The West Palm Beach, Florida, company allows users to coordinate club shipments to or from anywhere in the world and works directly with more than 5,000 facilities worldwide.
Owing to volume discounts with companies such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL, Ship Sticks is able to airmail clubs at approximately half the price it would cost a golfer to, say, ship clubs to Bandon Dunes ahead of a buddies trip. It also presents an appealing alternative to golfers rather than lugging their clubs through the airport and risking lost or damaged items.
The Ship Sticks process is a simple one: Customers schedule a shipment (online, through a partner facility, or by calling Ship Sticks), print a label, prepare their clubs, and then a carrier makes the pickup. When the golfer arrives at his or her destination, the sticks will already be there.
The company’s mission is making golf travel simpler and more affordable. It seeks to save golfers the hassle (and risk of loss) of traveling with golf clubs, while offering an on-time guarantee, shipment protection and real-time tracking in a cost-effective way.
For facilities, there’s little downside to partnering with Ship Sticks, save for perhaps the minimal hassle of receiving a golfer’s clubs and making sure they’re received. In a span of seven years, 80 percent of Golfweek’s top 400 courses, country clubs, and resorts have signed on with Ship Sticks.
Ship Sticks doesn’t just ship golf clubs either. The company will send any luggage to the destination of your choice, saving customers time, aggravation and money. It expanded into the skiing vertical with Ship Skis, a move that allows it to leverage existing knowledge of logistics (and in some cases, partner relationships).
Ship Sticks identified a pain point – losing clubs in transit or the annoyance of lugging cumbersome golf bags through airports — and proposed a solution. While it was immediately clear that shipping was going to be a more reliable option for safe transit of one’s golf clubs, the question was: Would golfers pay around $50 for the service?
The answer, close to a decade since the company’s founding, and with an ever-growing roster of course and resort partners, appears to be an emphatic yes. By making the transport of golf clubs easier, Ship Sticks is seeking to provide a boost for the sport by increasing the number of participants and rounds-played.