Have you recently upgraded your golf clubs because your game has gone to the next level? Perhaps you have decided to quit the game to save what little sanity you have left after years of hitting range buckets and playing dozens of rounds only to continually post triple digit scores? Either way, you may be wondering what to do with old golf clubs that will no longer be used to drive, chip, and putt golf balls.
Here are 7 ideas for what to do with old golf clubs:
- Sell old golf clubs to a golf-specific retailer like Golf Galaxy or 2nd Swing Golf.
- Sell them to a sports-specific retailer like Play it Again Sports.
- Donate old golf clubs to organizations, golf courses, or instructional facilities.
- Gift your golf clubs to a friend or co-worker.
- Use them for hard-to-reach places.
- Artistic and decorative uses, like furniture, storage racks, etc.
We all have a bunch of golf clubs that sit in a closet for the most part, the ones that have just a little use left in them. Let’s dig deeper into what to do with old golf clubs…
1. Sell Your Old Golf Clubs
Transferring ownership to another golfer is the easiest answer, and there are several ways to do that. You can find a golf-specific or sporting goods retailer that buys and sells used golf equipment.
Don’t expect anything close to retail price when you sell clubs to a store, but if nothing else, you can clear garage space and pick up some equipment to try a new hobby such as disc golf or pickleball. There are several national retailers that offer trade in service such as Golf Galaxy, 2nd Swing Golf, and Play It Again Sports.
2. Donate Old Golf Clubs
Donation is another option to get old clubs into new hands and keep them out of a landfill.
A quick internet search of “golf club donation” yields many results for organizations that accept used clubs and give them to veterans and underprivileged children.
Golf courses and instructional facilities are also good donation options as they can use your old clubs for teaching tools or as loaners.
3. Gift Them
The simplest and fastest option for disposing of golf clubs is just to find somebody near you who would like your old clubs and gifting them.
A friend or coworker might be taking up the game, or might have a son or daughter that is starting to play.
If you find yourself evaluating sponsorship deals from equipment manufacturers why not pass along your old gear to somebody whose game would benefit from it?
Golf clubs are multi-functional tools, so there are a myriad of uses for them if you no longer need them to make birdies.
For example, most rooms have hard to reach places like under couches or beds where remote controls, toys, and other objects inevitably wind up.
An old club, especially one with some loft to it like a pitching wedge makes a great accessibility tool.
Golf clubs also make a cheap and effective home defense system. A five iron placed strategically under your bed might help you sleep easier if you ever hear a bump in the night.
If you’re willing to take old golf clubs apart and tap into your crafty side, you can give them new life.
Maybe golf was too stressful, so you gave up the game and took up gardening for some outdoor serenity? Simply snap the heads off some old clubs and you are left with a set of tomato stakes for your bountiful harvest. You can then take the club heads and attach them to bottle openers and corkscrews to make unique pieces of barware so you can enjoy a drink while working in the garden. Club shafts also can be attached to the corners of raised garden beds as anchors for fencing to keep the rabbits from claiming dibs on your vegetables.
Used clubs can also be turned into conversation pieces of furniture.
If you’ve seen those Adirondack chairs made from old skis, you can see how you could do the same with golf clubs. The chair back can be made from several old shafts and grips of varying lengths, and sections with driver heads can be made into the legs.
Old golf clubs also make great tables.
You can take three clubs and arrange them into a tripod with a piece of circular glass on top and you’ve made yourself and end table. A few iron heads mounted to a piece of wood and hung on a wall make a fantastic storage rack for hats, keychains, jewelry or anything else that needs a place for storage.
You don’t even need artistic or crafty skills if you really put your mind to it. A section of an old club with the head and about a foot of the shaft can be mounted to a square block of wood to make a golf-themed paper towel holder.
Some hooks screwed into wall studs in a closet will hold a golf club perfectly, and you now have yourself a tie rack.
The possibilities for artistic and decorative uses are basically limitless if you put your mind to it.
Do This if You’re Wondering What to do With Old Golf Clubs
All golfers, regardless of ability will inevitably find themselves in search of new homes for old clubs at some point in their careers. Some golfers will graduate from a beginner set to intermediate, then advanced as they become better players.
Other soon-to-be-former golfers may lose interest in the game, become frustrated at lack of progress, or simply move on to other pursuits.
There is also a large cohort of golfers who simply want to get new clubs every few years to take advantage of changes in technology or design.
Most of us who enjoy the game have probably convinced ourselves that a new driver or putter is the magic bullet for lower scores.
Regardless of the situation, there are numerous options for old golf clubs to be sold, donated, or repurposed.
Chances are, a few minutes of internet research will yield several results for charitable donation in your local area. For many people donation is the quickest and easiest choice and arguably the most beneficial, as it gets the clubs into the hands of golfers who could use them.