Planning your next golfing adventure? Nothing beats the feeling of playing with your own clubs. Start planning your trip with this complete guide to Ryanair’s golf clubs policy.
Sports equipment can be checked as standard hold luggage if it doesn’t exceed 20 kg (44 lbs). If you want to check a personal bag as well, you’ll need to pay for a sports equipment bag. This will cost around €35 at the time of booking or €40 post-booking and at the airport.
Navigating different airline rules can often be confusing when you’re traveling with a big golf bag. Keep reading to unpack the details of Ryanair’s policy on golf clubs, including how to check a golf bag, how to avoid extra charges, and how to keep your clubs safe.
Checking in a golf bag with Ryanair
Ryanair classes golf clubs as sports equipment and you won’t be allowed to bring them on as cabin luggage. So, you won’t be able to fly with golf clubs on Ryanair for free. Other than this, Ryanair has no specific requirements for traveling with golf clubs. As long as you meet the airline’s size and weight requirements, you can check clubs as standard hold luggage.
The cost of checking a 20kg (44 lbs) bag with Ryanair varies between €18.99 and €59.99 depending on your route, aircraft, and travel dates. If you want to add this on after booking it could cost between €44.99 and €59.99. The cost to add a checked bag at the airport check-in desk is €70. To reduce your costs, you could take an additional cabin bag for your personal items or try to fit them into spaces in your golf bag.
Here’s the complete baggage policy.
For travelers new to flying with their clubs, we have a handy guide to flying with golf clubs that takes you through every step.
Ryanair’s overweight charges
If your bag weighs over the 20kg (44 lbs) limit, you’ll need to pay excess baggage fees. You can purchase this up to two hours before departure for €9 per kilo (2.2 lbs). You can pay for your bag to be a maximum of 32kg (70.5 lbs) It’s better to weigh your bag and organize this beforehand.
If you don’t add the excess baggage in advance, you’ll need to spend extra time doing this at the airport. This will cost you €11 per kilo (2.2 lbs) and may mean standing in an extra line to make the arrangements. If your oversized bag is refused at the boarding gate, Ryanair accepts no responsibility for this.
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Ryanair’s oversize policy
The maximum size of your checked baggage must be 80 x120cms x 120 cm (31.5 x 47.2 x 47.2 inches). There are several golf travel bags that meet this requirement, so make sure you allow enough time to find your favorite one. If your bag is larger than this, you can pay the added fee ahead of time through the booking management system or make the arrangements at the airport.
Ryanair doesn’t specify the additional cost of a bag that doesn’t meet these dimensions. It will be cheaper if you negotiate this with them ahead of time and it will reduce your chance of running into problems at check-in. Once you’ve checked in for your flight, you can make your way to the oversized baggage counter and check your bag there.
Most of the top golf travel bags are around 80 linear inches. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bag to transport your clubs in, check out this guide to finding the best golf travel bags.
Ryanair’s policy on lost or damaged luggage
Since your golf clubs are your prized possession, you’ll want to avoid them being lost or damaged at any cost. Unfortunately, this is something that can often be unavoidable when checking bags with an airline. This is why you should always include your golf clubs on your travel insurance policy.
If your bags show up damaged, or don’t show up at all, you must report it to the lost property desk on arrival. Here you’ll receive a unique reference number that will be essential for tracking your bag and any future claims. If you disagree with Ryanair’s claim assessment, you can find out what to do on the Ryanair guide to lost and damaged bags.
Alternatives to checking your golf clubs with Ryanair
If you’re struggling to meet Ryanair’s requirements or want to find something more cost-effective, you have two options: rent different clubs on arrival or use a shipping company to transport your clubs for you.
Renting clubs when you arrive can be more convenient, as you don’t need to transport heavy bags to and from the airport. However, they won’t be the clubs you’re used to and you risk playing with a lower quality set. Depending on where you’re flying to and how long you’re staying, this could also work out to be a more expensive option.
Shipping your clubs also saves lugging heavy bags and, if you find a company with on-time delivery guarantees, you can rest assured you’ll be ready to play on arrival. UPS, Ship Sticks, and MyBaggage all offer specialized golf club shipping. However, this can often work out costing the same or more than checking your golf clubs with the airline. You’ll also need to consider whether your hotel can store your clubs if they arrive before you do.
How strict is Ryanair with hand luggage?
Since you’ve already used your checked baggage for your golf clubs, you might be considering packing some extra items into your hand luggage. Ryanair has fairly strict hand luggage policies, so you should make sure you follow these as closely as possible.
You’re entitled to a free small bag measuring 40 x 20 x 45cm (15.7 x 7.8 x 17.8 inches) which must fit under the seat in front of you. For between €6-36, you can pay for larger cabin baggage to go in the overhead lockers. This must measure 55 x 40 x 20 cm (21.65 x 15.75 x 7.87 inches) and weigh no more than 10kg (22 lbs).
Are golf balls and tees allowed in carry-on luggage?
Golf balls and tees aren’t classed as dangerous items and it’s rare to encounter any problems bringing them on a plane. As long as they don’t make your carry-on heavier than the weight limit, you should be able to bring as many as you like. However, it’s always worth checking the security standards for the country and airport you’re flying from.
Is 20 kg enough for golf clubs?
The average golf bag weighs between 11-16kg (25-35 lbs), so it should be low enough for 20kg of checked baggage. If you’re struggling to decide which clubs to take, this handy guide to golf bag and club weights helps to break things down.