McGinley takes on Ryanair’s golf bag charges

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick February 13, 2012 16:28

Former Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley has set himself up as competition to airlines such as Ryanair and Air Berlin, which have both recently raised charges for golfers who carry equipment with them.

The Irish aircraft carrier has increased its prices for people carrying golf bags to a minimum of £50 for UK travellers, and McGinley, who holed the winning putt for Europe in 2002, is using, a golf club hire operation he has set up, to provide an alternative for golfers.

The business allows them to hire clubs at seven European airports.

Tony Judge, a spokesman for McGinley, said: “Airlines are continuing to hit passengers with increased charges for sporting equipment which, in some cases, can double the cost of a trip.

“It was for this reason we’ve been fighting a David v Goliath campaign on behalf of golfers.

“A few weeks ago Air Berlin announced its charges for golf bag carriage were to be increased to 100 euros return and the majority of European carriers now charge upwards of £60 return – just to take one’s golf bag away on a break.

“We offer a broad equipment range from 35 euros per week for Antalya, Alicante, Murcia, Dublin, Malaga, Edinburgh and Faro.”

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick February 13, 2012 16:28
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  1. dave curtis October 29, 13:20

    i have now used the services of clubs to hire in both ireland and spain and just not having the hassle of carrying ones own clubs is justification enough but the quality of the hired clubs plus the efficiency of meeting the incoming flight and the departure times make this whole idea just ideal for the travelling golfer.

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  2. John Slater September 24, 09:06

    A good idea but Ryanair are not alone in charging high excess charges, Lufthansa charge £50 each way from Manchester to Frankfurt and return.

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  3. John Trumble February 17, 00:17

    I Will be collecting my hired golf clubs from Malaga airport in october, not worth the hassel of taking my own for holiday golf.

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  4. Stuart Smith (@GolfGuruStu) February 13, 20:15

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