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Increase in airline baggage fees boosts ClubstoHire

August 14, 2013

Renting golf clubs from ClubstoHire, the award-winning golf club rental company backed by European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, is to set to become an even more attractive option for travelling golfers following the news that budget airline Ryanair intends to increase baggage charges this summer.

The popular ClubstoHire service - which allows golfers to rent sets of golf clubs from €35 per set per week at 16 European locations - has recorded sales growth figures up more than 40% this year and looks to set to benefit further from Ryanair's announcement that it will increase its luggage fees by €20 in the summer period. A 20kg luggage charge for a golf bag on a Ryanair flight can be up to as much as €140.

Quoted in the Irish Independent , Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary stated the airline intended to "keep increasing (luggage) charges until we get rid of (hold) bags" and conceded some airlines may even start to charge for carry-on bags.

Dublin-based ClubstoHire was set-up in 2010 to provide a service for golfers who wanted a cheaper and hassle-free option of taking golf clubs abroad as a number of budget airlines began to increase luggage fees for international flights. Its co-founder Tony Judge estimates the company has saved more than 70,000 travelling golfers in excess of €3 million during its three-year existence.

"While budget airlines in particular continue to charge larger fees to take on luggage, we're here to help travelling golfers and make sure they can still play across Europe for a reasonable price with some of the best clubs on the market," said Judge.

ClubstoHire.com offers sets of clubs from TaylorMade, Callaway, Wilson Staff and Mizuno. Earlier this year, the easy-to-use website was re-launched to cope with the increasing number of users and it recently won the Vodafore Startup award for 'Best Service', beating 400 other businesses considered for the accolade.

ClubstoHire locations include Faro; Lisbon; Murcia; Alicante; Barcelona; Girona; Malaga; La Linea/Gibraltar; Palma in Majorca; Tenerife; Gran Canaria; Belek; Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus; Isle of Man, as well as Edinburgh and Dublin.








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