The New Way to Rent Golf Clubs

Many of you have been asking me about the "golf club rental services" you're seeing around the Web, so today I thought I'd share what I know about them.

If you're unfamiliar, there are now companies that will deliver a new (or newish) set of brand-name clubs to the hotel or golf course of your choice, then pick them up when you're finished playing.

Now, I greatly prefer shipping my own clubs when traveling, but if I'm only playing one round or -- gasp, only nine holes -- I've been known to rent.

Lately, I have not been renting from the courses or resorts where I'm playing -- I've been trying out the aforementioned services such as GolfClubsAway, GolfRentalWorld, and ClubHub. 

So far, my experiences have been good. Logistics (dropoff and pickup) were hassle free and the prices were less than what the resort wanted to charge me for comparable clubs.

The chart below provides a basic comparison...

Rental FirmsGolf Clubs AwayClub HubGolf Rental World
Service:Clubs delivered and picked up from your hotel or golf courseClubs delivered and picked up from your hotel or golf courseClubs delivered and picked up from your hotel or golf course
Locations:FL, AZ, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San DiegoAll U.S. StatesAll U.S. States
Pricing:

1 Day: $54/day

2 Day: $39/day

3-7 Days: $39/day

1 Day: $65/day

2 Days: $42.50/day

3-7 Days: $18-$35/day

1 Day: $72-$103

2 Days: $57-$71/day

3-7 Days: $32-$58/day

Clubs:

Nike VR S8

Nike SQ Dymo

Nike VR

TaylorMade R1

TaylorMade TP

TaylorMade RocketBallz

TaylorMade RocketBladez

Adams TL, Finesse

Wilson Profile, Ultra Comp

Callaway Diablo, Edge

TaylorMade Burner XD

Specs:Men's, Women's, R/L handed, length, flexMens's, Women's, R/L handed, length, flexMens's, Women's, R/L handed, length, flex
Contact:

golfclubsaway.com

877-270-9036

clubhub.com

866-775-3324

golfrentalworld.com

866-300-5909

There are obviously many factors to consider, but from a pure price perspective, renting golf clubs from these outfits for a day (starting at $55-$65) can be less expensive than renting from higher-end golf courses and resorts ($75-$100 per day) or shipping your clubs roundtrip (starting at $80-$100).

Again, I emphasize, "for a day." If you're playing more golf than that, these rental prices start creeping up to the point where toting or shipping your own clubs is probably the better way to go.

To give you an idea of just how pricey it can be to rent clubs from a higher-end resort, here are a few examples:

Pebble Beach Resort - $95/Day
TPC Sawgrass - $85/Day
The Resort at Pelican Hill - $80/Day
Chambers Bay - $55/Day

One other alternative to renting clubs from a resort or national golf rental company is to rent from a regional one. While the regional companies only service a specific state or region within the country, if you happen to be traveling to one of them, you might just be able to take advantage of some great deals. Here are a few notable companies we've uncovered:

HRS Golf (Serves the San Diego, California area)
http://www.hrsgolf.com/

Myrtle Beach Golf Club Rentals (Serves the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area)
http://www.myrtlebeachgolfclubrentals.com/

Cesar's Golf Shop and Rentals (Servers the Miami, Florida area)
http://www.cesarsgolfrentals.com/

Pro Sets Golf (Serves the Phoenix, Arizona area)
http://www.prosetsgolf.com/

VIP Golf Services (Serves the Las Vegas, Nevada area)
http://www.vipgolfservices.com/rental_clubs.asp

Have you had any good or bad experiences renting clubs while traveling? Any questions about the services above?

Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.

Craig Better is one of the founding editors of Golf Vacation Insider. In addition to traveling to 15 foreign countries, he has twice traveled across America to play golf courses in all 50 United States. Prior to joining Golf Vacation Insider, Craig was a freelance writer who contributed to GOLF Magazine, Travel + Leisure Golf, Maxim Magazine, USAToday.com, and co-authored Zagat Survey’s book, America’s Top Golf Courses.
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