Looking to buy a sunday golf bag? Not sure what a sunday bag is? Don’t worry, by the end of this article you’ll know more about sunday bags than 99% of the population.
As a former par 3 golf course owner, I’ve seen just about every sunday bag on the market. To make your life easier, I’ve put together this comprehensive post that covers all the options. Trust me when I say, lightweight golf bags will make your life and golfing experience so much easier. So without further delay, let’s get you up to speed.
What is a Sunday Golf Bag?
Simply put, a sunday bag is a lightweight golf bag that is designed to weigh less and carry just a few clubs.
Back in the day when most people observed the Sabbath, caddies would have the day off from work. This meant that golfers had to carry their own clubs (what a terrible burden). Since golfers like convenience, some wise chap came up with the idea of a smaller, more portable bag. These “sunday” bags were unique in that they had a smaller 4″-5″ inch opening across the top. Consequently, this new golf travel bag only held a few clubs and limited accessories.
Who are Sunday Golf Bags For?
- People who play par 3 or executive golf courses
- People who just need a few clubs to practice at a driving range
- People who travel and don’t want to take a full-sized bag on their trip
- People who like to walk courses instead of riding
- Cool people like you (I have no data to support this, just a hunch)
Now that we have some preliminary questions out of the way, let’s help you find the best sunday golf bags on the market.
From here on out, I’ll offer some suggestions on a sunday bag that will suit all of your needs. I’ve organized your options by category (cheap bags, bags with stands, name brand sunday bags, and bags by material).
I’ve done all the work for you, so look around, find what you need and then go shoot the round of your life!
Cheap Sunday Golf Bags
You may have arrived here looking for the least expensive sunday bag. If that’s the case, this section gives you several discount sunday golf bags to choose from.
I put the cheap bags first because I know many of you are just looking to get a bag and save a buck, but keep in mind that cheap isn’t always better. If you’re planning to use this bag several times a week, you may want to scroll down and consider bags with a stand or our best overall bags category.
However, if you’re looking for the lightest bag at a discount, this is a good category to be in as most of these bags skimp on features but also save on overall weight and keep more money in your pocket (helpful if you’re in the habit of losing golf bets).
I’ve highlighted a few bags that use water-resistant materials. Remember, you’ll be setting this bag on the ground often. If you play early in the morning, you don’t want your bag to absorb all that dew.
Sunday Golf Bags with Stands
The original sunday bag stood in stark contrast to the traditional golf bag. A lightweight bag with no structure? I mean, c’mon. Where am I supposed to store a phone, keys, designer sunglasses and Titlesit ProV1s?
Times have changed, and modern sunday bags have tried to improve their offerings along the way. New carry golf bag options model themselves after a standard golf bag while keeping the weight down and improving overall functionality. That’s a win for all of us.
Designers really made a leap forward (opinion my own) when they developed a sunday golf bag with stand up capabilities. This makes your clubs easily accessible (no bending over to pick up your bag) and keeps dew, dirt, etc off of your club grips.
My first cheap sunday bag served me well, but when I upgraded to a stand bag with padded shoulder straps and an insulated beverage pocket, I knew I had really conquered life and all of its challenges.
Now it is time for you to find the best stand bag.
Small / Lightweight Sunday Bags with Stands (less than 2lbs)
Larger Sunday Bags with Stands (3-5lbs)
There’s a subset of sunday stand bags that weigh a bit more, but also bring more features to the table. Here is a good option in that category.
Name Brand Sunday Golf Bag Options
Let’s be honest, some golfers really care about looks. During my years as par 3 course owner, I saw folks come in with their finest Titleist/Ping/Nike/Taylormade gear. Watching them tee off on the first tee often made me smile. As their ball traveled a total distance of five yards, I was reminded that your game isn’t always in your gear.
Now to be fair, I saw plenty of other golfers who looked great and would destroy me on my own course…
So whether you’re a golfer who just likes to look good, a golfer who looks and plays good, or a golfer who has a high brand loyalty, here are some name brand sunday golf bags for sale.
Titleist Sunday Bag
Titleist currently has two options you can choose from.
TaylorMade Sunday Bag
TaylorMade’s current option is called the Quiver.
Mizuno Sunday Bag
Mizuno’s current offering is the unique BR-D2 carry bag.
Ping Sunday Bag
Ping’s current option is called the Moonlite.
Callaway Sunday Bag
No options available at the moment
Nike Sunday Bag
No options available at the moment
Are name brand sunday bags worth the added cost?
To be honest, I can’t answer this question definitively. Each of these brand names has a reputation at stake, so it’s safe to say that the quality of their bags is decent at the very least and superior in some instances.
There are some really low quality, non-name brand golf bags out there, so by purchasing a brand name golf bag you at least know that you’re clearing the lowest quality bar. I own two sunday bags from a lesser-known brand and I have been quite impressed with the quality.
All this to say, there’s no easy answer.
Most of these bags and materials are sourced and manufactured in the same regions of the world, so you shouldn’t assume that buying a bag from brand “X” means that you have the best sunday bag around.
Canvas Sunday Golf Bags
I’ll be honest with you — I’m not a biggest fan of canvas golf bags. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be, they’re just not my thing. The main reason I avoid these bags is that they’re hard to clean if they get dirty and I’m a bit of a neat freak.
However, they do add a layer of elegance that cheaper nylon or polyester bags don’t have. So if you’re looking for some great vintage options, here’s what’s out there.
You can also explore some unique canvas options on eBay. #ad
Leather Sunday Golf Bags
As you can imagine, a leather travel bag costs a bit more than the standard options.
Several designers offer classy leather options for the most discriminating golfers, but one should expect to pay the price (ranging from hundreds of dollars to over a thousand). I’ve highlighted a few leather options ranging from the Sun Mountain entry level leather bag (still pricey) to the high-end custom-made options. I’d love to own one of these bags, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
The Best Sunday Golf Bag of 2022
The competition continues to grow, which is a good thing for golfers. If this article proves anything, it proves that we have lots of great options to choose from and the bags will keep getting better and better.
If you’re an average golfer, with an average budget, then I think the Best Sunday Golf Bag of 2022 is the Loma Bag from Sunday Golf.
This newer company appeals to the broadest range of audiences with the Loma bag release. Packed with features but light on weight, this durable bag will serve you well for years to come. Best of all, Sunday Golf advertises a 99 year warranty. Not too shabby.
Other Places to Buy a Pencil Bag
Most major retailers in the golf niche now carry these bags. Follow any of the #affiliate links below to be sent to the carry golf bag section of these sites.
Stand Bags vs Cart Bags
You might be wondering which type of bag you should buy. If so, here’s a quick way to determine what choice would be best for you.
If you’re mostly going to walk the courses that you play (see The Health Benefits of Golf), a stand bag will be really helpful. These bags are lightweight, but they come equipped with retractable legs that keep your bag upright. You don’t want moisture or dirt on your club grips and stand bags help you keep everything off the ground.
Look for a stand bag that has a padded shoulder strap or is light weight. Some of these companies don’t put enough attention into the carrying option. You don’t want a bag that digs into your shoulders or lacks a basic accessory pocket. Read user reviews carefully and then make your purchase.
However, if you play par 3 or executive courses that offer carts, you might want to just want cart bag. These bags weigh more, but they also attach easily to the back of a golf cart wherever you play.
How to Make a Sunday Golf Bag
So you’re one of the DIYers. Good for you.
If you made it this far in my write-up and still don’t like any of the golf stand bag options that I’ve highlighted, it’s time to make your own cheap golf bag. I’ve seen a few homemade options at my course. They range from complete the hack job to pretty impressive.
To be honest though, it doesn’t matter what your club carry bag looks like, it just needs to work.
Here are two suggestions for creating your own.
Using a Pair of Pants
What you need:
- An old pair of pants
- Some sewing skills and a sewing machine (or the patience to sow by hand)
What you’ll do:
- Start by cutting off one of your old pant legs
- Trim the leg to 30″-34″ (depends on the height of your clubs).
- Use the leftover pant leg to cut a strip of fabric that you can use for a carrying strap.
- Sew these pieces together to create your own bag.
We’ve created a DIY Golf Bag write-up that includes detailed step-by-step instructions as well as illustrations. You can check it out here.
You can also watch this video from Golf Digest to see this process in action.
Using a PVC Pipe
This is the DIY golf bag I see most often. This may have something to do with the fact that most of the homemade bags I’ve seen are carried by guys who are:
- Less likely to spend money on a fancy bag
- Less likely to own a sewing machine
- More likely to have a piece of PVC pipe lying around
What you need:
- PVC pipe
- PVC pipe end cap
- Rope (for carry strap, though you can just opt to have a handle)
- Drawer handle
- Brackets, rivets or some other clever way to attach carry strap
- Spray paint to customize the “design”
What you’ll do:
- Cut PVC pipe to length (use the height of your clubs as a guide)
- Cut the carry strap to length and attach to PVC pipe using brackets, rivets or bolts
- Attach drawer handle as a second carrying option
- Attach end cap to PVC pipe (so your clubs don’t fall of of the bottom.
- Paint this masterpiece if you choose.
Art takes many forms, and now you know how to make your own sunday golf bag.
Golf Bag FAQs
What should you look for in a sunday golf bag?
Weight, functionality and cost are the key factors. For most golfers, functionality ends up being the most important factor. Here’s what I mean by that.
- If you want your bag to stand up, make sure you find a bag with a stand (functionality).
- If you don’t want your wallet and cell phone in your pocket, make sure find a bag with a valuables pocket (functionality).
- If you don’t want to carry your drink, make sure you find a bag with a beverage pocket (functionality).
You get the idea.
How much does a typical sunday bag cost?
Plan to spend $30-$130 for a decent sunday bag. There are cheaper options and very expensive options, but they are the outliers.
How many clubs fit in a sunday bag?
It depends which bag you buy and which golf clubs you carry. Generally speaking, you can comfortably fit 4-6 clubs in a lightweight sunday bag and 4-14 in a more substantial sunday bag. Find out how wide the opening is for your clubs (a 3-4″ opening will fit less clubs, a 7-8″ opening can often accommodate a full set).
What clubs should I carry in a sunday bag?
It depends on where you plan to golf. If you’re playing a par 3, it’s safe to assume the hole distances are shorter. In that case, you should probably bring a pitching wedge, sand or gap wedge and maybe a 9/8 iron for longer holes. Don’t forget a putter.
If you plan to play a regulation course or you will be visiting a driving range, you need a variety of clubs. You should probably bring a driver, 3 wood, pitching wedge, an iron (or two) of your choice and a putter. Golf club selection is totally up to you.
Should you use a sunday golf bag on a full size course?
That’s up to you. It might look a little different, but honestly, who cares?
If you only need a few clubs to play your round, it seems stranger to be carrying around a regular bag for 18 holes…especially if you’re walking the course. Plus, when people see you carrying a smaller bag with less clubs, they’re going to assume you’re so good that you know what you need.
Minimalism makes people nervous, but you do you.
How do you carry a sunday bag?
It depends. Some bags have a carrying handle. Others have a handle plus a strap. Some models even have a backpack strap.
There is no right answer or official etiquette here. Carry your bag the way that makes the most sense to you.
Why buy a sunday golf bag?
These bags are very convenient because they weigh less than traditional golf bags and they still offer plenty of functionality. Golfers who…
- Play par 3 or executive courses
- Frequent the driving range
- Have limited space in their vehicle or travel often (those baggage fees add up fast)
- Only use a few clubs consistently
…will all benefit from buying one of these bags.
Why is it called a sunday bag?
Back in the day, caddies usually had Sundays off in observation of the Sabbath.
That meant that golfers who were too cool to carry their own heavy golf bag from Monday-Saturday were burdened with the responsibility of carrying their own stuff.
Instead of a regular bag, someone came up with the idea of a smaller and lighter bag for sunday outings. Thus the sunday bag was born.
What is a pencil golf bag?
Many early sunday golf bags didn’t have any structure or backbone, so a distinction was drawn for pencil golf bags. These bags were basically the same thing as sunday bags — the only difference being that they had a rod or “pencil” running through the bag to give it some extra structure.
Nowadays all bags that fall in the lightweight golf bag category are usually referred to as sunday bags instead of pencil bags.
Have I covered the bases? Post your sunday golf comments, questions and reviews below.