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Golf Bag Packing Checklist

golf bag contentsWhether you’re headed for a weekend morning tee time, a quick twilight round during the week, or planning a multi-day golf vacation, the one thing you’re going to pack consistently is your golf bag. Regardless of the course, location, or weather, the general idea is to pack your golf bag and prepare what you’ll need during the round with a golf bag packing checklist.

Golf Bag Variety

Golf bags do come in a variety of sizes and configurations based on purpose and preference, but that will only affect your packing checklist in terms of space and weight. The basic items will always be the same. The golfer who chooses to carry his or her bag from hole to hole, backpack style would be best served by a light weight bag. If you’re always going to use a golf cart, a larger, cart bag or pro-style bag can offer more storage options. There are even golf bags designed specifically for women and children.

Packing Your Golf Clubs

Once you’ve chosen a bag, you can pack it as simply or elaborately as you’d like. Start, of course, with the golf clubs. Again, if you’re walking a short 9 holes that are all par 3, you really only need a handful of clubs based on the holes. If you’re planning a more challenging round, you’ll need and want more options.

There is no definitive rule about packing golf clubs in a bag, but the general practice is to pack them in order of loft, with the putter and specialty clubs in designated areas. A typical golf bag has four sections, but many bags are designed with more sections and designated spots for specialty clubs. For a typical, four section bag, you might pack your clubs in the following order

  • Section 1 – toward the rear of the bag, the section closest to the strap – Woods and Putter
  • Section 2 – group irons by loft – 3, 4, & 5 irons
  • Section 3 – group irons by loft – 6, 7, 8, &9 irons
  • Section 4 – Wedges

Again, there are no “rules” about how your clubs are packed. They should simply feel convenient for you, the golfer.

Covers or Bonnets

Just as club placement in up to you, so are the use of covers or bonnets. Typically, you’ll see brand name covers or socks on woods or even plush cartoon bonnets. Some golfers also choose to use covers on irons. Unless the manufacturer specifies otherwise, covers are also a preferential protective measure for the clubs. Most golf bags also come with a zipper or snap on rain bonnet to cover all the clubs in the bag.

Pockets and Slots

Golf bags have large pockets and various spots to slide or clip large golfing items such as umbrellas, rain gear, clothing, hats, water bottles, towels, and accessories such as a ball retriever. Smaller pockets (and/or your pants pockets while playing) are great for smaller items such as balls, tees, coins/ball markers, a glove, and a divot tool. An optional drawstring bag can be attached if pockets don’t already exist for personal items such as wallets, keys, cell phones, etc. Spaces for sunglasses, a compact first aid kit, a pen or pencil, etc. can all generally fit somewhere in or on the bag.

The Golf Bag Packing Checklist is included in the following text and is available as a downloadable and printable pdf under the Downloads Page along with packing checklists for a Single Day or Single Round of Golf or a Multi-Day Golf Trip.

Golf Bag Packing Checklist

Basic Items

  • Clubs
  • Golf Balls
  • Tees
  • Coins or Markers
  • Golf Glove
  • Extra Spikes
  • Spike Tool
  • Pocket Knife/Divot Tool
  • Towel
  • Water Bottle

Personal Items

  • Wallet/Purse
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Driver’s License/ID
  • Relevant Membership Cards

Optional Items

  • Drawstring Bag for personal items/valuables (wallet, keys, cell phone, watch, etc.)
  • A Sharpie Marker or Golf Ball Marker
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Business Cards
  • Wrenches needed for specific clubs
  • Stroke Counter
  • Compact First Aid Kit
    • Medications
    • Alcohol Wipes
    • Band-aids
    • Lip Balm
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellant
  • Hat, Cap, or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Range Finder/Distance Finder
  • Extra Golf Gloves
  • Extra Towels (one dry, one damp/moist)
  • Ball Retriever
  • Energy Drinks/Water
  • Healthy/Energy Snack (Fruit, Nuts, Trail Mix, Energy Bars, etc.)
  • Club Bonnets

Weather Specific Items

  • Club/Bag Rain Bonnet
  • Rain Gear (rain clothes, poncho, umbrella, etc.)
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Extra Socks

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