The 8 Best Golf Bags to Buy in 2017

These top golf bags are worth schlepping around 18 holes

Getting out on the course doesn’t just require the right set of clubs, you also need a golf bag to haul them – and all the required accoutrement – over 18 holes. So which golf bag is right for your game? We loaded up the best golf bags on the course to find the right bag for hitting the links.

Do you drive a cart on every round? Callaway’s 2016 Org 14 Golf Cart Bag is one of the brand’s most popular models and the 2016 edition has been updated to keep it on top. The bag is built on an E-Trolley Base System with a lip that integrates with carts or pushcarts to secure the bag in place. The 14-way divider club organization system runs the entire length of the bag to keep your entire arsenal at the ready. There are 12 pockets, including a water-resistant valuables pocket, an easy-to-access rangefinder pocket and an integrated umbrella sleeve.

The key to carrying a golf bag for 18 holes is a comfortable carry strap, and the Srixon Golf Z-Four Stand Bag delivers with the brand’s comfort suspension system. The backpack-style straps distribute the weight of the bag over both shoulders and keep the bag stable while you walk. It’s four-way top is 11 inches and scooped out for easy club access, and the eight pockets are strategically laid out to keep your rangefinder and other gear organized. Walking 18 holes can really take it out of you, so Srixon adds an insulated hydration sleeve to keep your beverage of choice cold for the entire round.

Sunday funday at the golf course? Why haul the entire kit the full 18 holes? This Sunday Lightweight Carry Bag is as simple as it gets for a quick trip to the driving range or a round at the par three executive course. A seven-inch top has enough room for carrying up to seven clubs; three pockets fit balls, tees and tools; and there's an easy-carry padded strap. This bag is also great for the traveler since it fits in a camper or car trunk, and when you're not using it you can fold it for easy storage.

For the duffer that requires form and function, the Callaway 2016 Fusion Stand Bag looks great and packs everything needed for a day on the course. The 14-way top with full-length dividers keeps your sticks organized, so you can focus on your club selection and swing. The bag packs 10 pockets, including a water-resistant valuables pocket and a full-length apparel pocket. Callaway’s Quick Release Comfort Tech dual carry straps allow hassle-free hauling, and the automatic stand system keeps it stable on the fairway or at the driving range. If the weather turns foul, don't worry: this bag has a matching rain hood to protect your clubs.

You’ve invested to shave weight from your clubs, right? So, why not save weight on your golf bag? The TaylorMade 2016 TourLite Stand Golf Bag weighs under 3.9 pounds, but it packs all the features of larger bags on the course, including a four way top with two full-length dividers to keep the clubs organized. Carrying this bag is a breeze with TaylorMade’s four-point shoulder strap system, which include air mesh straps and an ergonomically molded hip pad. There are seven pockets, including a valuables pocket, and if rain is in the forecast there’s an umbrella sleeve and integrated rain hood to protect your clubs. Other thoughtful features include a Velcro glove tab, towel loop and cart compatible base.

Don’t let a little drizzle ruin your round. The Titleist StaDry Light 4UP Stand Bag is made with a patented waterproof nylon and comes with a built-in rain hood, as well as four pockets that are seam-sealed to keep your valuables dry. This bag weighs just 3.5 pounds, thanks to the Active Recoil EVA Stand System made of carbon fiber legs, so they're tough, but super light. The backpack strap system and mesh hip pad make it easy to carry this bag, and the lower assist handle makes lifting it in and out of the trunk a cinch.

Take your school pride to the links with the NCAA Fairway Golf Stand Bag. Choose from more than 50 NCAA schools from across the country. But, this bag is more than a billboard for your alma mater, and it’s loaded with the features you need on the course. It starts with 14 full-length dividers to keep the clubs at the ready, and five zippered pockets keep your balls, tees and rangefinder close at hand. There’s even a cooler pocket to keep your beverage cool all day long. Completing the package are a removable rain hood and an umbrella holder in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Do you find yourself playing from the woods more often than not? Blend in with this Pinemeadow Hunter Camouflage Golf Bag. It’s designed for durability, so it won’t get scuffed up when you’re in the rough. But just because it’s tough, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice function on the course. Enjoy easy access to your clubs from the six-way top with full-length dividers. There are eight total pockets, five of which are zip shut, and there are even individual pockets to fit your cell phone and shades. The dual harness strap is easy to carry, but a Velcro strap allows for convenient cart conversion.

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