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For more than 35 years, Sun Mountain has been an innovator in the golf industry, creating 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.
Aside from Sun Mountain branded golf bags, over the years many golf companies, including Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra and Titleist, have had their golf bags designed and produced by Sun Mountain under an OEM arrangement. The company is currently producing OEM bags for golf brands such as Bettinardi Golf, Peter Millar, Scotty Cameron and Under Armour.
“Sun Mountain’s success can be attributed to ‘Ahead of time design’,” says 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 crucial.
Sun Mountain has been the number one U.S. golf bag company eight of the past 10 years. In addition to being a perennial category leader in golf bag sales, it has also led categories like outerwear, push carts and travel bags.
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.