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Best practices for keeping clubs safe at the course


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#1 acbert

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:02 AM

Just ordered an whole new set of PING golf clubs and the thought occurred to me that they might become a target for someone to take at the course.

Ever since I can remember my normal routine when arriving at a golf course is:

Park car
Take my bag up to the club house
Go inside to check-in, use restroom, etc.
Come out and head to first tee, putting green, etc.

Obviously the clubs are a prime target while I'm inside the club house.

How do you guys do it?

I'm even thinking of using non-name brand head covers so as not to bring attention to them.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

I would probably just quit golf. Not worth the risk.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:22 AM

Park car..go to club house ...go back to car and get clubs...go golf.

I get cart then drive back to my car and get clubs...more because I'm lazy than worried about theft.

Edited by marmooskapaul, 29 April 2018 - 11:25 AM.


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:31 AM

how often do clubs get stolen.....?
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:39 AM

View PostgatorMD, on 29 April 2018 - 11:31 AM, said:

how often do clubs get stolen.....?
in a decade I have had two sets lifted.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:54 AM

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Just be careful what you say on Facebook. lol
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 12:43 PM

View Post2putttom, on 29 April 2018 - 11:39 AM, said:

View PostgatorMD, on 29 April 2018 - 11:31 AM, said:

how often do clubs get stolen.....?
in a decade I have had two sets lifted.

wow that's insane. i am lefty somaybe that helps but in 25 yrs never had a club stolen and i have left them all over the place
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 12:51 PM

I use generic head covers (mostly b/c I like them better) and don't hang my rangefinder on the towel loop.  I also have my name on the bag panel.  Not sure if this deters theft, but might make someone think twice about pretending my bag is theirs.
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 01:28 PM

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Just be careful what you say on Facebook. lol
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:29 PM

Just take them back to the car. Years ago Bethpage was prime picking of high end clubs, some guys we used to see in the bar set up the thieves. They were last seen drinking their burgers
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:36 PM

Easy.  Lock them up or never leave them alone.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:56 PM

Non oem headcovers will help unless you throw something on there others my deem as “cool” or “sweet”. If you do, that in itself could get your clubs stolen.

I’ve had a g25 hybrid lifted once. I played with a guy a few weeks back that had his odyssey #7 taken from his locker at a high dollar club.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:57 PM

Play courses where there aren't meth heads in need of cash?

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:08 PM

Thanks for the input.  Never even heard of anything getting stolen at my usual courses but I'm sure it must happen.  I think I will go with generic head covers and going back to the car for the bag after checking in.  I'm probably worrying too much but my current set of clubs wouldn't fetch much $$ so I never really thought about it.

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:11 PM

Find a new place to play golf... Move to a better area.

In all seriousness I've never heard of any friends having clubs stolen at the golf course. Where do you live?

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:18 PM

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 01:28 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Just be careful what you say on Facebook. lol
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:20 PM

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 08:18 PM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 01:28 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Just be careful what you say on Facebook. lol
I've been programming computers since the early 1980s. I'm very IT literate. I don't have a Facebook account. Make of that what you will ;)

I don't either...or twitter, instagram, snapchat, etc. :hi:
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:22 PM

Shop at Play It Again Sports.   NOBODY is gonna steal my stuff.
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Posted 29 April 2018 - 09:19 PM

We did have an short influx of people jumping the fence and just grabbing a bag and taking off.  However, that has not happened for awhile.  My bag is never out of my reach unless it is locked up.


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Posted 29 April 2018 - 11:01 PM

I've had my entire bag stolen. Recently, I've had 2 friends have their range finders taken. Since then we've avoided the munis on weekends. We also put our clubs right by the window of the pro shop/snack shop when we have to go inside. I'll put my clubs in my care before using the restroom.

Ever since my clubs got stolen I've adopted the mentality that if my stuff gets stolen, it's my fault. Seems to be working.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:04 AM

I had a Scotty putter lifted about 6 years ago  I found him about 5 minutes later using it on the putting green. I told him we could either call the cops or he could just give it back. Thankfully I was not paired up with that guy that day, or I would have left the course. Now I leave my clubs in my car until after check-in and no issues.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:54 AM

I've gotten into the habit when traveling anywhere to always go to the proshop first and get checked in. Then go back to the car and get the clubs.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:50 PM

View Postkrtgolfing, on 30 April 2018 - 06:04 AM, said:

I had a Scotty putter lifted about 6 years ago  I found him about 5 minutes later using it on the putting green. I told him we could either call the cops or he could just give it back. Thankfully I was not paired up with that guy that day, or I would have left the course. Now I leave my clubs in my car until after check-in and no issues.

That is a bold thief.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 01:57 PM

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Not quite, I had my bag containing brand new Ping Zing2 irons stolen at Forest of Arden Golf Club in 1995 when I went inside to take a whiz after 9th hole. Those irons hadn't been released in England yet at that time.

One other time, I had raw 588 lob wedge taken from my bag.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 03:12 PM

View PostBlackDiamondPar5, on 29 April 2018 - 08:20 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 08:18 PM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 01:28 PM, said:

View PostSean2, on 29 April 2018 - 11:54 AM, said:

View Postandrue, on 29 April 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

I'm glad I play golf in a civilised country :)

Just be careful what you say on Facebook. lol
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:41 PM

LOL, who is stealing PINGs?

Begging to be asked, sorry, and I've owned them and bought them for my wife/daughters.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:53 PM

View Postkrtgolfing, on 30 April 2018 - 06:04 AM, said:

I had a Scotty putter lifted about 6 years ago  I found him about 5 minutes later using it on the putting green. I told him we could either call the cops or he could just give it back. Thankfully I was not paired up with that guy that day, or I would have left the course. Now I leave my clubs in my car until after check-in and no issues.

How did you not club him with a 9 iron?  I wouldn't be able to contain myself!

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:24 PM

Add them to your homeowners or renters policy?

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:12 AM

I usually say a silent prayer and leave them out to get stolen......no matter how new, there is always something new to try.  Never had any luck getting them stolen.:)


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