Bend is Booming – 3 Places You Can Tee It Up.

When you think of destination golf you typically think Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando.  There’s another destination city, however, looking to join in the mix and it might not be where you think it is. Bend is booming and trust me, you’ll want to be apart of it!

While Bandon Dunes has captured the eyes and hearts of many, it’s the high Desert and not the Dunes that’s putting the city of Bend, OR on the golf map.  Believe it or not, Bend is one of the fastest growing cities in the entire country.  If your the “outdoorsy type” that likes to mix in some great golf with some fun activities such as whitewater rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, and even skiing, then you may want to consider adding Bend, OR to your bucket list.

The Golf Scene

Centrally located in Bend, there’s Sunriver Resort. Here you’ll find just about any and every activity under the sun. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains you’ll find 3 championship caliber golf courses, along with a 9-hole family-friendly course.  If you’re looking to pair golf with the great outdoors (cue up John Candy and the Old 96’er here), then this is definitely the spot for you!

About 30 minutes up the road, you’ll find Brasada Ranch.  Over the past 3 years, Brasada Ranch has been picking up awards like gimme putts staking its claim as the “Best Resort in Pacific Northwest” by Conde’ Nast Traveler.  Like Sunriver, Brasada offers activities galore both on and off the course.  On the course though, it’s Brasada Canyons, which features the Cascade Mountains as the backdrop while you climb up to 4,000 feet above sea level to some amazing views.

If you really want to zone in on the golf then it might not get any better than Pronghorn Resort, which features 2 eye-catching courses.  They’ve even built a brand new lodge for those looking for a little “stay and play” action.  The golf is good, real good.  In 2017, the Jack Nicklaus Signature course landed at number 38 on Golf Magazines Top 100 “places you can play”.  If you’re staying at Pronghorn you will want to consider adding Tetherow to the itinerary as well, located just down the road. 

Bend, OR is not only a family-friendly destination but a buddies destination, particularly for those looking to mix golf with a little bit of fun and relaxation!

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Shipping Service – 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid.

These days, you should be doing everything and anything to take care of your members and guests. Why? Because if you’re not doing it someone else will.  So why aren’t you offering a shipping service to your clientele? After all, don’t they deserve the best options!

Rental FOMO (Fear of missing out on club rental revenue)

Are you a resort and have Rental FOMO? Our service caters to golfer’s who are passionate about using their OWN equipment, not someone else’s. Our customers would rather drag their gear onto the plane if it meant not dealing with a set of loaner’s not fit for them. If anything, Ship Sticks should make a nice complement to your rental program. We’ve even figured out ways to help you drive revenue, completely wiping out the fears of Rental FOMO.

Afraid the service will be too much of a hassle?

Aside from physically attaching the label to the travel bag or box for your member or guest, our team literally can take care of the rest! This includes monitoring and arranging pickups, resolving any issues that may pop-up during transit, and communicate with the destination that packages are coming their way. It’s a completely free, outsourced service that you can implement right away. And you can trust us, we’ve been doing this since 2011 and have developed relationships with over 3500 facilities across the world. We will also take the time to customize our service to your needs. On top of that, we provide you with all the tools you need to succeed, including free shipping supplies.

Rather than asking yourself what’s in it for me, shouldn’t you be asking what’s in it for my member or guest!

Question the reliability of shipping?

What happens if your member or guest decides to fly with their golf clubs and they don’t make it with the airlines? They’re likely ripping their hair out on the phone for hours with the airline, getting nothing in return (besides a headache). Paying out of their own pocket for rentals it is!

With Ship Sticks, we will track your equipment in real-time from the moment they are picked up until the moment they deliver. We know exactly where your bags are and when they need to arrive. We even have the capability of expediting service when an unforeseen situation arises. And if we can’t get your equipment to you before you hit the first tee, we’ll cover the costs of rentals and other items you need for the day.

For the longest time, shipping was too expensive of an option for most. Thanks to millions of traveling golfers across the world we’ve been able to change that and offer the most aggressive rates the industry has to offer. And if all of this wasn’t enough, shipping with Ship Sticks has an on-time success rate around 95%, better than the airlines. Don’t be afraid, embrace shipping services – your members and guests will thank you for it!

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New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Golf Game

As the New Year is in full swing, we take this time to reflect back on all of the decisions and memories we made in 2017. The New Year is a time to set personal goals for yourself both mentally and psychically. Whether you’re an avid golfer or play the sport as a hobby, there is always room for improvement while out on the course.

Below, we have swung up some resolutions that can help improve your golf game.

Stay in Shape

A little extra baggage isn’t always a bad thing. However, by losing some you can drastically change your posture, in turn improving your swing. Not only will your posture improve, you will start to feel better. Start walking the course instead of taking a cart.  A little sweat will pay off in the long run.

There are also exercises you can take part in to stay in shape. Golfers of all fitness levels can partake in them as they don’t require any sort of special equipment. Start turning these into your daily routine. Trust me, you will see results before you know it.

Getting Organized

 

Now is the perfect time to get organized. Yes, it may be difficult to break that old habit of forgetting items before heading out to the course. This is why sticky notes are your best friend. Anytime you think of something, major or minor, write it down. This will help you gain more focus in your everyday tasks, especially while you are out on the course.

Make this the year to travel hassle-free. Don’t be that guy lugging your clubs through the crowded airport. Take the time to book your golf bag shipment in advance with Ship Sticks. To ensure the process goes smoothly, have your bag ready to ship on the day you select. Remember, staying organized throughout the year, is an essential part of improving your game. Now grab your sticky notes and get to writing.

Enjoy Life to The Fullest

Start living in the moment. It is easy to reflect back on a game where you didn’t shoot your best. Don’t let this get to you. Make this an opportunity to enjoy being out on the course. Soak up every moment of your horrible swing and score. You can only move forward from here.

Start thinking more about life’s greatest pleasures, which is of course golf. You’re probably wondering, how in the world do you do this? It is simple. The answer is Ship Sticks. They save you time, so you can spend more precious moments on the course with your buddies. Live in the now and savor every chance you can get this year to play golf.

Mark A Course Off Your Bucket List

Every golfer has that one course that they are dying to play. Make it a goal this year to plan a trip with your buddies to play it. Call them up and start planning. Not sure where to begin? We can happily assist you as we have gathered up some ways for you to ensure your trip is a success.

Make your trip happen sooner rather than later. We know you are itching to tee off somewhere. Is it Ireland, Canada or right here in the United States? Wherever your bucket list course is, we can help get your clubs there.

Start Planning

Now, start planning your next trip, call up your buddies and get to booking. Ship Sticks is ready to simplify your travel experience this year. We want you to make memories! Make it happen. Make it simple. Make it Ship Sicks.

 

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Shipping Golf Clubs | How Much Does It Cost to Ship Golf Clubs?

It happens. You’re getting ready to check your bag for your flight and they notify you that it weighs too much and you’re going to need to pay a hefty fee. So, you opt to wear three shirts and swap your light sneakers out for those heavier dress shoes. It gets even trickier when it comes to shipping golf clubs. Ship Sticks’ goal is to make golf travel simple. But how much does it cost?

In general, pricing of shipping your clubs depends on a variety of factors. Luckily, Ship Sticks has a modest base rate of $39.99 for certain ground shipments. However, you could be losing a fairway load of money by lugging your golf bags through an airline carrier instead. Take a look at how the figures add up.

4 Factors that Contribute to Golf Club Travel Costs

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Bag Size

A golf bag equipped with clubs, balls, and accessories averages around 20 lbs or so. However, if you typically play with a cart bag instead of a carry bag, you may be looking at a bag that is upwards of 35 lbs. While your bag may fall within the 50-lb. weight limit of most airlines, many carriers count this as one of your checked bags. That means extra bag fees are still in order. With Ship Sticks, we offer size ranges allowing you to choose your bag size according to the weight of the bag.

Hidden Airline Fees

With fees being the same as checked bags for most airlines, you may not run into an issue here. But every so often you’ll run into a random snag. For example, American Airlines treats your golf bag like just another checked bag when flying most places, with the exception of traveling to Brazil. You can expect to be charged around $42.50 if you are traveling to, through or from Brazil. Some airlines have these types of stipulations embedded in their baggage guidelines. With Ship Sticks, there are no hidden fees. Want insurance? Ship with us and we’ll provide you with $1,000 complimentary, allowing you to purchase up to $3,500.

Switching Airlines

Airlines, like JetBlue, demonstrate that you can face added fees if your travels include switching airlines during your journey to your final destination. Even though they present you with affordable baggage options, they may not apply due to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. There is no switching with Ship Sticks. We provide real-time tracking from pick-up to delivery of your clubs, providing peace of mind that your clubs are in good hands throughout the entire shipment process.

Hard-Sided Traveling Case

Airlines require a traveling case for your golf bag. While most don’t care if your golf bag container is hard or soft, all airlines state is that they won’t be liable for any damage done to your clubs in a soft-sided travel bag. That means paying over $100 for a hard-sided case to protect your clubs. With Ship Sticks, you can forget shipping in your travel case by choosing to ship your clubs directly in a box. Just be sure to safely pack them up!

Want more information on shipping golf clubs?

We want to make your golf travel as seamless as possible! You can schedule shipping golf clubs at any time with Ship Sticks. So, read up on our services and schedule your next shipment today!

Also, be sure to follow Ship Sticks on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for tips, behind-the-scenes action, golf inspiration, and giveaways like this one! (Here’s your hint: the jar in the photo is ten inches tall and six inches wide. It contains standard tees and 3 standard-size ornaments. Good luck!)

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Ship Your Golf Clubs | 4 Products that Complement Ship Sticks’ Service

If you’ve chosen to ship your golf clubs to your next destination of play, you’ve already begun an amazing trip! Now, you just have to properly pack them up for safe shipping. Because, while Ship Sticks’ services are super reliable, a little bit of jostling during transit is unavoidable. So, consider prepping with these items next time you schedule a shipment:

Shoe Bag

If it isn’t obvious, a golf bag is a necessity, but what about for your shoes? Your shoe spikes should be kept in prime condition to secure your feet when swinging. So, if you’re about to head out on your next golfing adventure, it may be time to invest in a nice golf shoe bag that can ship alongside the rest of your equipment!

Club Protectors

Where your clubhead meets the shaft is the most gentle part of the club. This means you should pay extra attention to this area when packing up your shipment. Club protectors slip right over your club head to ensure for additional padding.

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Tee Time & Cart Reservation

Before you head off on your next golf adventure and schedule your bag shipment, make sure you follow through. Book your tee time and reserve your cart so that everything is set by the time you show up to the clubhouse! It never hurts to arrive early for your tee time either, as you can always use a few practice hits to warm up your swing.

Shipping Insurance

Your clubs are a great investment. So, treat them as such by adding up to $3,500 worth of insurance on a single bag during a shipment. While we care for your equipment as though it’s our own, we like to maintain a “better safe than sorry” mindset!

Are you looking to ship your golf clubs?

Opting to ship your golf clubs with Ship Sticks can save you time and money! So, avoid exorbitant airline fees and use our reliable transportation services. Schedule your next shipment today!

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Ship Golf Clubs | The Ultimate 2017 Gift Guide for Golfers

Golf requires a lot of accouterments. It’s why a golfer’s bag has so many pockets. So, chances are, the golfer in your life could benefit from a few things. Add to the collection with these great gifts for golfers of all levels:

Divot Tool

This is something that golfers never think about until they need it. Save them the struggle of having to bust out a tee to try and even out a divot. This is a small tool that they’ll be thankful for every time they need it.

Windbreaker

Some of the best golf happens in places with tricky weather. High winds can whip up when you’re on an open course. So, protect them against the elements with a fashion-forward, waterproof windbreaker.

Scorecard Holder

They’ll show who the king or queen of the course is a sporty scorecard holder. This can help to keep their card intact, making it easier to find.

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Toiletry Bag

If your golfer hits the clubhouse for lunch and drinks after a round, they may want to freshen up. A toiletry bag is compact and allows them to keep everything in a designated area, making it easier for them to find a breath mint or cologne rather than digging around in their bag for it.

Chipping Net

If your favorite golfer doesn’t always have the time to hit the range, a chipping net can allow them to practice their short game in the comfort of his or her backyard.

Club-Fitting

Having an ill-fitting club can really make the difference when it comes to your golf game. Give the gift of a set of personalized clubs for the special golfer in your life. This isn’t just a single gift, but a well-worth investment in their future.

Do you need to ship golf clubs?

Ship golf clubs and never have the hassle of jam-packed road trips and expensive airline fees again! You can feel confident knowing that Ship Sticks will get your clubs to your golfing destination in pristine condition and on-time. Why Wait? Start shipping today!

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Golf Games | The Role Golf Plays in Presidency

It’s obvious how near and dear the sport of golf is to our current president. It’s nearly impossible to be involved in the golfing community without seeing Trump splayed across course signage and news headlines. But, The Donald isn’t the first Commander-in-Chief to take charge of his golf game.

It’s easier to list the presidents who didn’t play. (Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Jimmy Carter, were the only non-golfing ones, according to The Atlantic.) And when political leaders tee up, they’re just like us. They get excited over a great lie and they get business done. Golf breaks down political walls. Leaders get to talk golfer-to-golfer rather than leader-to-leader with sand traps being the most intimidating enemy out there.

But golfing while in-office is a double-edged sword. Play too much and the public thinks you have an absentee leader; play too little and you’re somewhat unrelatable. Ronald Reagan was known for counting every single stroke in a play – no gives – and Barack Obama was extremely personable. On the other hand, Eisenhower was notorious for improving his lie in order to “identify his ball.”

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However, golf continues to play a large role in the realm of decision making. In fact, it’s pretty unavoidable when the president himself owns 17 courses.

So, we’ll continue to listen with perked ears and bated breath, in the spirit of competition, of course! Because while Trump’s handicap of 2.8 may be a little tough to hit, Obama’s reported 13, George W. Bush’s and Clinton’s 10 since leaving office, and Ronald Reagan’s healthy 12 are great numbers to beat!

Do you have upcoming golf games?

If you’re traveling for upcoming golf games, Ship Sticks has you covered! Simply pack your bags, schedule your shipment, and allow us to get your equipment to your destination on time. Guaranteed. There is no need to wait, schedule your shipment now.

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Shipping Golf Clubs | 7 Golfers You’ll Meet on the Course

Golf has a lot of rules, yet we all tend to make up our own on the way. But, that’s what keeps it interesting for you and your crew! While the golf course is filled with a ton of eclectic personalities, there typically are seven types of golfers you’re guaranteed to meet before the final hole. What are they? Keep reading to find out!

The Cart Knieval

Off-roading and donuts are two things golf carts were not made to do. But, the Cart Knieval stops at nothing. With these golfing daredevils at the wheel, pace of play has never been faster. Especially as your life flashes before your eyes.

The Makeshift Marker

Penny? Broken tee? Anything they can get their hands on? The Makeshift Marker has what appears to be Mary Poppins’ bag that contains everything and anything except an actual ball marker.

The Mulligan Maestro

Do it again. Okay, once more. You can do better than that? No, it doesn’t matter how many strokes it actually takes. While mulligans typically consist of merely one do-over, the Mulligan Maestro is the exception to this rule and insists on getting the perfect hit at everyone else’s expense.

The Rules Official

This guy has the playbook memorized. The Rules Official is your go-to for any and all golf questions. The downside? He isn’t afraid to call you out if you break any golf rules, no matter how minuscule.

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The Putt Perfectionist

Needless to say, if you ever find yourself in a limbo tournament and not on the golf course, this guy needs to be on your team. He gets his crouching tiger on and lines up his putts to perfection. While you probably won’t catch the Putt Perfectionist making any hole-in-ones, you’ll certainly never catch him missing a putt.

The Can’t Count Calculator

Tee to fairway. Fairway to bunker. Bunker to green. Did I miss one? This guy can’t keep track, so he replays the last hole in his head for what seems to be feature film length. No wonder he’s called the Can’t Count Calculator!

The Search and Rescue

Finding a Pro V1 in the bushes is better than Christmas for the Search and Rescue. They’re not afraid to dive in and get a little dirty for the chance to pick up a lost ball. No matter where the ball goes, he’ll find it.

Shipping golf clubs? Ship Sticks can streamline the process!

Logistics are everything when it comes to planning your next golf trip. Ensure that your clubs arrive on time with Ship Sticks! Sign up and start shipping golf clubs with us today.

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Golf Bag Shipping | How Are Millennials a Golf Game-Changer?

That boy you see behind the wheel of a golf cart – no, he’s not your caddy. Rather, he’s the one you’re competing against for course records. Millennials are making golf mainstream, and a slower pace of play due to Instagram photoshoots isn’t the only evidence.

According to the National Golf Foundation’s annual study on golf participation in the United States, 36 percent of players are ages 18 to 39. And, upwards of 15 million more millennials are interested in the sport. Soon, this age range will make up for the majority of players.

But, it isn’t the physical sport that’s attracting the younger generation. It’s the lifestyle. Humor and lightheartedness have made their way into all platforms of media, making golf and players more approachable and entertaining. (Let’s not forget 2011’s Golf Boys music video.) And, social media alone has filled with short videos, photobombs, and witty captions.

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Another added “cool factor” is that we’re not only seeing the Jordan Spieths and Ricky Fowlers hit the greens. Team sports athletes, like two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, and pop culture influencers, like singer Niall Horan, are showing an affinity for the sport, creating a fan base crossover.

However, conflicting reports claim that millennials are doing the exact opposite and are instead destroying the traditional game. That’s why it’s important to look past course play. Upscale, game-based driving ranges, like Top Golf, continue to pop up, trending course time downward.

Golf is evolving. And its accessibility is making it a viable option for young people to get involved and reap the benefits of a game that lasts a lifetime.

Are you looking for golf bag shipping?

Ship Sticks makes golf bag shipping a breeze. In just a few simple steps, you can have your gear awaiting your arrival. So, sign up to ship now!

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Sending Golf Clubs | How to Plan the Ultimate Golf Getaway

Rolling greens and lofty breezes – your golf getaway doesn’t need to be a figment of your imagination. From getting the crew together to making sure all of your gear travels in tip-top shape, there’s a lot that goes into bringing the ultimate golf trip to life. However, sending golf clubs and having a time you’ll never forget doesn’t have to be a pain if you consider these four aspects:

Establish a Budget

You don’t always have to dish out thousands to play a couple of great rounds! In the early stages of planning, make sure everyone in your group is on the same page financially so you can determine where you stay, how often you play, your method of travel, and so forth. It’s also important to factor in miscellaneous expenses like cart drinks, bellhop tips, clubhouse merch and more!

Location & Time of Year

Playing on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands during mid-summer sounds ideal. But, you probably don’t want to spend what may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip sweating through your polo. The same goes for if you’re looking to head across the pond (Europe can hit the single digits in the winter.) When should you go? Spring and fall are ideal when looking for a golf-friendly forecast. Just make sure that no matter when you travel, you’re prepared for whatever weather may impact your play!

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Game Plan

It is essential to have a game plan in mind before you head out on your next golf adventure. Be sure to take care of caddy and golf cart arrangements ahead of time.  Make sure to leave some leeway between commitments and your rounds in case pace of play is slow. This’ll ensure that you can have a memorable time without constantly worrying about the time.

Logistics

Travelling with a group of golfers requires a lot of luggage. Luckily, you don’t have to get stuck toting your clubs and clothes around airports, hoping that everything shows up where it’s meant to be with minimal fees. Ship Sticks is an alternative to traditional transportation methods. All you have to do is schedule your shipment, prep your gear, and let the carrier do the rest! When you show up to your destination, your clubs and luggage will be waiting for your arrival.

Sending golf clubs no longer needs to be a pain!

Don’t let the good times wait – opt for sending golf clubs with Ship Sticks! Our reliable shipping services make it a breeze to transport your clubs to your next golf destination. Sign up and ship now!

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