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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

Sun Mountain

Category

Corporate Headquarters

Missoula, Montana

Website

Key Employees

Rick Reimers, Founder and Owner
Ed Kowachek, President

Profile

For more than 35 years, Sun Mountain has been an innovator in the golf industry, as it has created the lightweight golf bag, the golf stand bag, and integrated, molded top handles, along with a variety of patents for dual shoulder straps.

In addition, the company introduced the Speed Cart – an ergonomic way to transport clubs around golf courses – in 1999 and the four-wheeled Micro-Cart in 2004, as it was at the forefront of the golf push cart movement at the time.

The company also pioneered golf rain gear that uses stretchable, breathable, and waterproof fabrics (so that it is more playable), and developed the ClubGlider golf travel bag, which has integrated legs and wheels.

For over 30 years, Sun Mountain has been a pioneer in the golf industry, revolutionizing golf bags, golf outerwear, golf travel bags, and golf carts. (Photo courtesy: Sun Mountain)

 

Aside from Sun Mountain-branded golf bags, many golf companies, including Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, and Titleist, have had their golf bags designed and produced by Sun Mountain under an OEM arrangement. In fact, the company is currently producing OEM golf bags for golf brands such as Bettinardi Golf, Scotty Cameron, and Ralph Lauren.

“Sun Mountain’s success can be attributed to ‘Ahead of time design’,” said Rick Reimers, founder and owner of Sun Mountain. “At Sun Mountain, we work to design golf equipment to improve people’s golf games, which they didn’t previously realize they needed.”

With clients like the Curtis Cup, Presidents Cup, and Walker Cup teams, Sun Mountain’s choice to hand-pick its fabrics – and then pre-test them for color fastness above the industry average – has proven to be crucial.

Sun Mountain is regularly the number one golf bag company in the United States. In addition to being a perennial category leader in golf bag sales, it has also led categories like outerwear, push carts, and travel bags.

Most recently, Sun Mountain also started a new company – Sun Mountain Motor Sports – which introduced the Finn Cycle in spring 2019. Finn Cycle is a two-wheeled, motorized Personal Golf Machine, designed to transport the golfer and their golf bag around the course in a sporty manner that encourages fast play.

NGF Takeaways

Due to its numerous patents and advancements like the waterproof golf bag, Sun Mountain has become one of golf’s true innovators.

The company was the first to introduce a golf bag with built-in legs more than 30 years ago and has been a pioneer in lightweight stand bags. About a decade ago, Sun Mountain integrated handles into the top of the golf bag, yet another introduction that became an industry standard.

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