Flying with golf clubs

Whether you’re flying to the Algarve for a golfing holiday or making a pilgrimage to Augusta, you’ll probably want to take your own golf clubs with you.

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International golf clubs shipping

Checked baggage allowance

You could go for traditional luggage shipping and send your clubs via a luggage-forwarding company. But, if you are shipping golf clubs internationally, do be aware that you’ll need to send them well in advance – meaning you could be without your golf clubs for as many as 9 business days before you leave. And then, when you land, you may have to do even more waiting around, as most luggage forwarders only offer 12-hour collection slots Monday-Friday.

We believe it’s far simpler and quicker to take your golf clubs with you when you fly. Which is why at AirPortr we’re happy to help you do just that. For any airline we can take your clubs across London for you to collect in Departures. Or, if you’re flying British Airways, we can make your journey really easy – we’ll check your clubs in for you on your doorstep, and you can pick them up from the baggage reclaim when you land.

However you decide to transport your golf clubs overseas, here are our top tips for an effortless trip:

- golf.com offers good advice on how to pack golf clubs for flying, along with where to buy the best golfing travel bags.

- A smart way to add extra protection without adding weight to your luggage is by packing your clothes around your clubs.

- Try to get a non-stop flight to minimise the risk of damage to your golf clubs.

- Be sure to consider the weight of your golf balls when you pack – they can weigh up to 45g.

- If you’re worried that shipping could damage your clubs, remember to take out insurance to cover your equipment in transit.

Golf Vacation Insider

For more advice on packing your golf clubs, visit Golf Vacation Insider.

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British Airways golf clubs allowance

If you’re flying with golf clubs on British Airways, you can tee up a stress-fee journey by using our Bag Check-In service and checking them in from home. Then you won’t need to worry about them again, until you reach your destination airport. All you have to do is make sure your clubs fit within your BA luggage allowance. Here’s a quick summary of BA’s golf club policy:

- You can take your golf equipment as part of your checked baggage.
- It must not exceed the maximum weight restrictions for checked baggage and should be packed in a bag or case to protect your clubs from damage.
- This bag can be up to 190 x 75 x 65cm (75 x 29.5 x 25.5in).
- The weight restriction is 23kg or 32kg, depending on your cabin, destination and Executive Club status.

Please note, if you carry your golf umbrella or parasol separately, it will count as one item of your checked baggage allowance.

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From £30 for first bag, £10 per additional bag. Free amendments up to 2 hours before collection.

Other airlines golf club allowance

Navigating your way around London with your golf clubs can be tricky, even without the bunkers and water hazards! So, if you’re flying with any other airline than BA, AirPortr can pick up your golf clubs from any London address and deliver them to airport departures for you to check in with your airline. Simply book Airport Delivery.

We don't have any weight restrictions but you will need to make sure your clubs are packaged properly and that they don’t exceed your airline's weight restriction. Different airlines have different luggage policies for flying with golfing equipment; so please check with your chosen airline about what they’ll let you bring.

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- American Airlines allows you to travel with 1 golf bag containing up to 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and 1 pair of golf shoes. You’ll be charged the same as the 1st or 2nd baggage fee for your destination.

- Emirates will accept your golf clubs as checked baggage and as part of your standard baggage allowance. The total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150cm (59 inches). An additional fee applies to bigger items up to 300cm (118 inches).

- KLM always charges a fee for flying with your golf clubs. The amount depends on your destination. You can check online to see how much you’ll be charged.

- Virgin Atlantic will fly your golf equipment as part of your baggage allowance, as long as it weighs in at 23kg or less. Your allowance includes one bag containing a maximum of 14 clubs, a dozen golf balls and one pair of golf shoes.

- Qantas will accept your golf bags. They will carry them as baggage and they are exempt from normal linear dimension restrictions on Qantas operated services.

- Air France will accept your golf equipment (a golf bag containing clubs and shoes). They consider it as a standard checked baggage item and will include it in your baggage allowance at no extra charge (except for Light and Basic fare tickets), as long as it’s the only baggage that you want to check in

- easyJet charges £35 online and £45 at the airport for golf bags up to 20kg.

- Ryanair charges £30 online and £35 at the airport for golf bags up to 20kg.

For other airlines’ policies, please check on their individual websites.

American Airlines

For more details about American Airlines’ golf club allowance, visit their website.