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With some golf clubs removing the option to hire a trolley due to Covid-19 restrictions, here’s some affordable solutions to make sure you can still get out on the course.
As well as making sure you can play golf if you encounter those restrictions, buying your own golf trolley can save you money in the long run, while buying a lightweight pencil bag can be a great alternative to heavier traditional golf bags and remove the cost of a trolley altogether. Here are some of the best affordable options.
Push trolleys have three wheels and are the most popular trolleys among golfers as they are much sturdier and easier to manoeuvre than two-wheeled pull trolleys, and most come with brakes.
Motocaddy Z1 Push Trolley
Perfect for budget conscious golfers looking for a simple, lightweight (6kg) push trolley. Features include three handle height settings and friction-free oversize wheels that can be taken off quickly for easy storage, plus a two-step folding system.
Average price: €120
PowaKaddy TwinLine 4 Push Cart
7kg, easy to set up, with height-adjustable telescopic handle for quick and compact folding as well as on-course adjustability. Three large wheels make it easy to push and steer, particularly when combined with the comfortable handle.
Average price: €145
Motocaddy Cube Push Trolley
Compact and simple to fold with a two-step folding system. Plenty of storage options and comes with adjustable handle height. Durable rubber handle, friction-free oversize wheels for easy manoeuvre, and folding lock and compatibility with the Easilock bag-to-trolley connection system.
Average price: €185
Stewart Golf R1-S Push
Easy to use rack and pinion folding mechanism and three quick release wheels run smoothly for easy pushing. The bag jaws open wide enough to accommodate the biggest bags and the silicone strap grips and holds the bag firmly in place. A great all-rounder.
Average price: €185
JuCad Edition Stainless Steel 2-wheel version
For those with a bigger budget, this high quality and stylish trolley can be assembled in seconds and can be folded away, making it an ideal companion for air travelling golfers. Also available with a convenient arresting brake.
Average price: €790
Pencil bags are the lightest and easiest to carry golf bags. Even more lightweight than stand bags and way lighter than the larger traditional cart or tour bags. They have enough storage to carry a full set of clubs with pockets for balls, tees, a waterproof jacket and water. They come with shoulder straps that make them easy to carry and are suited to golfers who prefer to walk during their round or don’t use a trolley.
Callaway Carry Double Strap Bag
The lightest of Callaway’s golf bags, it has a 3-way top with full-length dividers to keep your clubs separate, and three pockets, one of which is a full-length apparel pocket. The double strap makes it easy to carry, while the water-resistant underside should keep your kit dry.
Average price: €75
Ping Moonlite Carry Bag
The lightest of the Ping golf bags, it has six pockets, including a water bottle pocket and the 4-way rigid top provides enough room for 14 clubs. Moonlite Bag also has a standing strap which sits in a rigid position which means you don’t have to bend right down to pick the bag up. The dual straps can be converted into a single strap.
Average price: €90
TaylorMade Quiver Stand Bag
Able to carry 14 golf clubs, this is the brand’s lightest bag. Quiver has a 5-way, cushioned air-mesh divider system as well as six pockets for accessories and an ergonomically designed dual shoulder strap that’s comfortable to wear. It also has retractable legs to make it easy to quickly lift and move around.
Average price: €95
Mizuno Scratch Sac Carry Bag
4-way top to keep a full set of clubs organised and there are four decent sized pockets, including a full side apparel pocket and a valuables pocket. Mizuno Scratch is comfortable to carry thanks to the double strap, but it has a single strap option.
Average price: €95
Titleist Premium Carry Bag
Made from a premium lightweight fabric for even greater durability, Premium Carry Bag also features a 3-way top cuff for easier equipment organisation as well as four pockets for storing essentials including a mesh water bottle pocket and a full-length apparel pocket. Fixed double strap allows for maximum comfort and balance, and mini legs raise the bag from the ground.
Average price: €105