Even if you’re playing on an empty course, an 18-hole round of golf will likely take at least three hours, and probably at least four if you’re walking, as opposed to riding in a golf cart. Nine holes of golf won’t require as much preparation, but if you’re playing 18 without a cart there are a few items you should always carry in your golf bag.
Like all professional golfers, the women of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour are limited to 14 clubs in their bags, under Rule 4-4 of the Rules of Golf. With extremely rare exceptions, LPGA golfers always carry one driver and one putter. But the dozen clubs in between depend on the individual player’s game.
It is easy to travel with a "golf stick" -- which is synonymous with "golf club" -- on an airline. Just don’t expect to carry your stick into the passenger compartment. Airlines and government agencies have strict rules against allowing golf sticks as carry-on items. Your prized sand wedge is perfectly acceptable in a bunker on the golf course, but on an airline it could be used as a deadly weapon, and that's one reason you can't carry it onto the plane.
Pursuant to Rule 4-4 of the Rules of Golf, professional golfers may carry only 14 clubs in their bags during a round. Once a round begins, a golfer carrying 14 clubs may not substitute a new club unless one of his clubs is damaged in the normal course of play. Thanks to modern technology, the 14-club limit presents pro golfers with several options. Every pro carries a driver, a putter, irons and wedges, and most carry at least one fairway wood. But the increasing popularity of hybrid clubs, plus the variety of available wedges, offers pro golfers choices when completing their 14-club allotments.