Luxe For Less: Golf Bags
Lauren Sherman, 08.07.07, 12:00 PM ET
Hermès might have a 170-year track record as the one of world's preeminent high-end handbag makers, but when it comes to golf gear, it is just teeing up.
Trimmed in buffalo leather, its deep plum Sac de Golf (left) is made of 60% polyester and 40% polyamide canvas casing to withstand rain. It holds a complete set of clubs, has a separate compartment for an umbrella and features an adjustable shoulder strap with two carrying handles. There are also three front pockets and large side pockets for additional storage.
The $6,500 price tag, however, may have some players giving their caddies the day off.
Luckily, experts say there are many affordable alternatives that promise the same level of performance for a fraction of the cost.
"All quality bags, regardless of the price," says Paul Kolada, principal of Columbus, Ohio-based Priority Designs, who has designed golf bags for Adidas (otcbb: ADDDY - news - people ) and Taylormade, "should have pockets on the sides, dividers to separate clubs and keep them from getting scratched, and gussets for some degree of expansion."
Looking for rich materials? Leather company Piel designs a golf bag that has a fur-lined top to keep clubs scratch-free, shaft dividers and space for everything from your golf balls to your umbrella. A detachable leather shoulder strap is padded to reduce strain on your (or your caddy's) shoulder.
For women, options are limited, as most styles are available in colors like Pepto Bismol-pink. Bennington's Quiet Organizer, however, comes in a rainbow of colors, from celery green to fuchsia to periwinkle. The nylon bag includes a full-length club divider, a soft foam top that won't crack and optional monogramming.
Want something nearly as classic as an Hermès? Consider the Brooks Brothers Oxford Cloth Golf Bag. Like most of the label's apparel and accessories, its golf bag boasts a classic shape in a cappuccino-colored oxford cloth.
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