The only reason to buy a Sunday golf bag is to fulfill a specific purpose. The purpose is quite simple. A golfer who buys one wants to carry a limited number of clubs with a minimal amount of gear and accessories. A Sunday golf bag can be great for a trip to a Par 3, to walk nine holes, to go to the golf range, or even for speed golf.
The purpose of these bags is straightforward, but there is great confusion on the web, both on websites that review golf equipment and among the consumers who have bought a Sunday golf bag.
Let’s start with the websites:
- Some websites claim that Sunday golf bags are the broadest category out there, including almost all types of carry bags. These sites confuse the lightweight of today’s stand bags with the desired minimalist function of the bag
- Other sites, taking a historical purist approach, say that a Sunday golf bag has to be a compact, collapsible carry bag with an approximate 4-inch top, no dividers, and definitely no legs. These sites, while honoring the past, are forgetting the purpose that the bag needs to meet
Some customers seem equally confused. I always smirk at customer reviews when they go off on a Sunday golf bag for “not being able to fit 14 clubs” or not having enough pockets for everything they want in their bag. These folks should not be buying a Sunday golf bag. They need to actually read the product descriptions before they buy.
While the Sunday golf bag category is not broad, there is a decent amount of variety in bag offerings that meet the purpose of carrying a limited number of clubs with a minimal amount of other golf stuff. We are going to showcase some of our favorites Sunday golf bags, each with a slightly different approach to their designs.
A Traditional Sunday Golf Bag
The traditional Sunday golf bag was very simple. It was made of fabric (sometimes leather) with little to no internal structure or spine. It was collapsible/foldable. It had no stand, so it was meant to lay on the ground. And the bags were as light as they could be, given their minimal size and features. The light weight was somewhat offset by the lack of advanced, lightweight materials.
The top tended to be small with a diameter of 4 – 5 inches and could only hold 5 – 8 clubs.
In scanning the market, we like three modern models that fairly closely match this traditional format with some important upgrades.
Champkey Professional Golf Sunday BagThe Champkey Professional Golf Sunday Bag is the closest in spirit to the original Sunday bags.
It offers the following specifications and features:
- It is a 32″ inch long, foldable carry bag made of 600D nylon which is both durable, scratch-resistant and water-resistant
- Since it has no stand, this bag lies directly on the ground, making the water-resistant fabric a key feature
- Unique to the bags that we feature, the Champkey Sunday Bag has an adjustable top that can expand from 7 to 9 inches. This undivided top can easily hold 3 – 9 clubs
- The bag comes with six pockets, which can hold drink cup, divot tool, towels, gloves, tees, balls, etc. With the small form of this bag, there is no apparel pocket
- Lastly, the bag comes with a single, padded shoulder strap that fastens at the top and midway down the body of the bag. It is not overly padded due to the light weight of the bag and the minimal golf accessories that can be carried. One caution about the strap positioning: some customers have indicated that the bag can become top-heavy due to the weight of the club heads and the lightness of the overall bag. If this happens, golfers can place their hand on the bag to keep it stable
The Champkey Professional Golf Sunday Bag is by far the least expensive Sunday bag that we feature with an MSRP of only $29.99.
Wellzher Quantum Lite Golf Sunday BagThe Wellzher Quantum Lite Golf Sunday Bag is our next recommended traditional style golf Sunday bag. The Quantum Lite has a few more features than the Champkey:
- The Quantum Lite is a 2.5-pound, 33-inch, foldable carry bag made of 1680 denier polyester for durability.
- The top of this bag is a round, 7.5-inch diameter with one divider spanning the opening. While the company claims that it can fit 14 clubs, that would be tight. 8 – 10 clubs would probably be more realistic for ease of getting clubs in and out
- The bag has no internal structure nor stand. Like the other traditional Sunday bags, a golfer would lay the bag on the ground
- The bag comes with five pockets, including an insulated cooler pocket along with a towel ring and umbrella holder. The amount of storage in this bag is greater than the Champkey but less than the Moonlite (which we will talk about below)
- The Quantum Lite comes with padded, dual shoulder straps for an evenly balanced carry. It also has a side hip pad for further comfort
The Ping MoonliteThe Ping Moonlite is the only Sunday Golf Bag on this list from a major golf bag manufacturer. As expected from Ping, the Moonlite is a premium golf bag at a premium price for this category.
It boasts all the high-quality standards and thoughtfulness that golfers expect from PING.
- The Moonlite has been updated for 2020 and comes in at a weight of 2.5 pounds using 300D polyester for durability. As with the other two bags in this section, the Moonlite has no internal structure nor stand.
- An essential feature of the Moonlite is that the belly of the bag is water-resistant so that moisture can’t seep in as the bag lies on the ground
- The top of this bag looks like a Ping standard-sized four-top. The top of this bag should allow 14 clubs but, the thin body of the bag might make it a little tight
- The bag comes with five pockets with 8L of storage volume. The pockets include a large apparel pocket, stretchable mesh range-finder pocket, and a new zippered water-bottle pocket
- A unique feature of the Moonlite is its padded, dual shoulder strap system. These straps stand straight up when the bag is lying on the ground, so a golfer can easily pick up the bag. The dual straps can be easily converted to a single strap if desired
The best place to buy this bag online is directly from PING. Click here for PING’s website.
Sunday Golf Bags With a Stand
No matter how great the traditional Sunday golf bag is in concept, some golfers just have to have a stand. Who wants to bend over to pick up the bag? Who wants to have to pick the bag up just to see their club heads more clearly when changing clubs? I get it. A stand is a modern carry bag miracle, and for some, a necessity.
The reality is, with the lightweight materials available today, a golfer can still fulfill the original purpose of a Sunday golf bag while also getting a stand. We feature two models.
The Champkey Lightweight Golf Stand Bag
First things first, there are a ton of bags that look very similar to the Champkey Lightweight Golf Stand Bag. They are probably all made in the same couple of factories in Asia.As we looked at multiple of the clones, the Champkey caught our eye due to the position and number of pockets and the lack of negative reviews. And, on Amazon, it has a 100% money-back, satisfaction guarantee. In terms of features and specifications:
- The Champkey is 33.5 inches in length and weighs 1.95 pounds using 900D polyester fabric. As mentioned, this bag comes with a stand. The legs extend by using a bottom release mechanism.
- The bag has a relatively small two-way top that can hold 6 – 9 clubs
- The bag has four pockets. Two pockets are located directly below an elastic-cord water bottle holder, with two additional pockets located on the side of the body
- The single padded strap needs to be explained a bit. Many single strap bags have two connection points that are spaced apart, with one located at the top and one nearer to the mid-point of the bag. The Champkey has both strap connections at the top of the bag. The strap and bag would hang from one shoulder and cannot be worn across a golfer’s back. Given the light weight of the bag and the limited amount of clubs and stuff that can be carried, the strap works fine.
- In addition to the strap, the Champkey has a plastic lifting handle attached to the top rim for those moments when a golfer just wants to grab the bag and walk a short distance. Some folks will probably just grab the top handle and walk with the bag in that manner
Mizuno 2020 BR-D2 Carry Golf BagYou could almost call the Mizuno 2020 BR-D2 Carry Golf Bag a “tweener.” It has a stand, but the legs are not of full length. When the “mini-stand’ is extended, it remains close to the ground.
The BR-D2 Carry Golf Bag’s features and specs are:
- At 3.1 pounds, the BR-D2 is our heaviest of Sunday bags. The higher weight is partly due to the stand but also due to some fuller features
- Getting back to the stand, its primary purpose is to keep a golfer’s club heads off the ground, so they remain clean and dry. The stand itself is spring-loaded and released by hand
- The under-side of the bag is waterproof to further ensure the clubs remain dry
- The BR-D2 has a 7-inch top with a single full-length divider spanning the opening, so the bag would probably be a little tight for 14 clubs, depending on grip sizes, the size of the putter head, etc.
- The bag has two pockets and a mesh water bottle holder. As a first for our featured Sunday bags, one of the pockets is a full-length garment pocket. The other pocket is waterproof and lined for valuables
- As for extras, the bag comes with a matching rain hood, carabiner style towel loop, umbrella holder and a Velcro glove holder
- The bag has an adjustable, padded four-point strap system with a center pad that the straps are connected to. For added comfort, the bag also has a generous hip pad
And, Now For Something Completely DifferentGolf lore says that the original method for carrying clubs around was to tie them together with twine or cord—minimalism at its most extreme.
The Tourbon Retro Leather Canvas Golf Club Carrier modernizes this concept. With the use of canvas, leather trim, and Velcro, Tourbon offers a sleeve to carry 2 – 5 clubs.
The sleeve forms a velcro secured, padded fabric tube that opens and closes to encompass the shafts of the club.
The Club Carrier is 13.77″ X 8.85″ and weighs ¾ pounds. It comes with an unpadded shoulder carry strap and a side handle for carrying the clubs around.
While I wouldn’t use the Club Carrier on a golf course, it is perfect for going to a driving range with a few clubs.
So, Why Buy a Sunday Golf Bag?
Buy a Sunday golf bag if you want to carry less than a full set of clubs with a minimal amount of golf gear. These bags are great for playing nine holes, a par three course, going to the range, or playing speed golf.
I know that I rarely use more than 6-8 of my clubs, and I find this format perfect for walking nine holes.
No matter what your exact use or rationale, check out our u6 favorites above and see if they will meet your needs.
For those of you who have decided you are looking for a full-service lightweight stand bag check out our recent post: The 5 Best of the Lightest Golf Carry Bags