Reader question: Curbing golf club clutter?

A reader who identified herself as elrj sent us this question:

“My husband and I live in a charming one bedroom apartment in a converted historic townhouse. At first, it was a squeeze because the place doesn’t have much storage/closet space at all. But, with some re-arranging and advice from blogs like this, we have massaged our little home into a wonderfully live-able and entertain-able space. Then I bought a bike. Combined with his, they take up the entire hallway, and when you add the golf clubs (previously stored in the trunk of our car) we’ve got quite the sports-themed house. We have no yard/outside to chain them to, and we use them regularly. What do you do with such things in an efficiency?”

Storing sporting equipment in an efficiency can be a headache. When my husband and I first moved in together in our 850 sq. foot one bedroom, our lack of space was almost enough to convince me drop sports all together. I know your pain and understand it.

As far as your bikes are concerned, we’ve already published a couple posts on this topic on the site. The posts themselves have some strong ideas, but be sure to read the comments where many of our readers offer up terrific alternatives: Single hook bike solution and Bike storage solutions.

We’ve never discussed golf clubs on the site, though, so I want to spend the remainder of this post addressing that topic.

The first thing you’ll want to consider when looking to save space is getting new golf bags. My husband and I downsized from our behemoth traditional staff/cart style bags to new feather-weight backpack styles (similar to these: Mine, His) and have never looked back. My empty bag weighs less than four pounds and is about half of the footprint as my old bag. All of my clubs and materials fit easily in the bag, and it has the added bonus of being able to be hung up on a strong, wooden hanger in my closet. (I bungee cord the straps together to make certain they don’t slip off the hanger.)

Another idea is to contact the course where you play most often and see if they have on-site storage lockers. You’ll have to shell out a little money per month, but it gets your bags out of your house and you don’t have to worry about transporting your bag from home to course should you decide to ride your bike. If you don’t play golf more than a few times a year, though, this suggestion won’t be practical for you.

In fact, if you only play golf two or three times a year, I suggest that you get rid of the clubs. Renting a set of clubs for the few times you do play will be less stressful in the long run. With the money you get from selling your clubs, you can pay for three or four rentals. Again, I’m only making this suggestion if you rarely play and are just holding onto the clubs because of a sunk-cost fallacy.

If you do play often, can’t rent space at your course, and don’t have space in your closets to hang your clubs, you may want to consider: A wall-mounted golf bag and shoe organizer (pictured above) or a freestanding wood bag organizer. The wall-mounted system could turn your golf bags into a piece of interesting art, and the standing organizer could at least provide a permanent home for your bags.

I hope one of these ideas is helpful. Good luck!


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.

4 Comments for “Reader question: Curbing golf club clutter?”

  1. posted by twosandalz on

    I’ve crammed my sporting equipment (bikes, camping & backpacking gear, skis) into a number of small apartments. Some of the storage was prettier to look at than others, maybe one will work for you.

    * I pulled my high-backed sofa out from the wall a couple feet to store a bicycle behind
    * One bedroom had a narrow, blank wall. I piled my gear along it and draped sheets over. In another place, I hung drapes in front of the section of wall where I stored my gear.
    * I’ve devoted closet space to gear. I stored the off-season clothing under my bed to make room.

  2. posted by Dan on

    Get a folding bike. It is, of course, much smaller (I keep it in my trunk, but a closet will work too.) The ride is great and it gets tons of attention.

  3. posted by Geralin Thomas on

    Another option for hanging your golf bags & clubs is the Hold-N-One. It’s small, inexpensive and easy to install and easy to use.

  4. posted by Erin Doland on

    Geralin had a terrific suggestion in her comment and I want to attach a link to the product:

    I’ve never seen anything like it, but it looks like a nice alternative. Thank you, Geralin!

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