With lockdown measures relaxed, golf courses are once again in full swing. The sport is becoming more and more popular, too, with people of all ages heading to the first tee to try their hand.
But with golf comes – as it does with so many other hobbies – quite a lot of equipment. Bags, trolleys, shoes and everything in between need to come along for the ride, so a car well-suited to the job is a must. Here are some of the best options on the market today.
The 5 Series Touring is one of the mainstays in the estate segment
One of the best-known names in the estate car business, the 5 Series Touring has built a reputation for being good to drive, great to look at and – most importantly – seriously practical. The most recent incarnation achieves in all of these areas but brings even more technology to the party.
It’s also got a clever split-opening tailgate, allowing you to quickly access the boot without having to open the entire door.
The GT’s suspension does feel sportily orientated
Okay, bear with us. The McLaren GT might not be your typical golf course car, but with a leather-lined loading area, it’s actually got enough space for one set of clubs in the back, while a deep section in the nose provides room for everything else.
If you’re wanting a car that’ll be a riot to drive to the course, then the McLaren GT is the one for you.
Estates feature heavily in this list because they provide the additional space required by golf bags and trolleys. The Superb Estate is one of Skoda’s finest models thanks to its well-made interior and comprehensive list of standard equipment.
It also has a huge boot with more than enough space for two to three sets of clubs, while those in the cabin will be travelling in comfort too.
The low-slung profile of the S4 looks great
Audi’s A4-range of cars sit on the more compact end of the estate car spectrum, but that doesn’t mean it’s not up to the job of transporting golf equipment. There’s space for two sets of clubs in the boot and the rear seats can be folded down to boot that area further again.
Our pick of the bunch would be the performance-orientated S4. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel which, as well as being hugely powerful, is surprisingly economical too.
The Golf Estate offers more space than its predecessor
We had to include it, didn’t we? The latest Golf arrived with an almost overwhelming level of tech and connectivity but, thankfully, has still majored where its predecessors did – comfort, practicality and build quality.
The new Estate variant brings even more spaciousness than the regular hatch, which is ideal for our needs in this list. It’s available with a wide variety of engines and specifications, too.
The Stepway brings chunkier exterior looks
Want to save a little bit of money to spend on new clubs? The Dacia Sandero Stepway is the way forward. It’s priced from £11,495, but brings all of the spaciousness and practicality you could want from a golf-going car.
Plus, it’s got a hard-wearing interior that’ll live up to bags being thrown in the back and, like others here, you can lower the rear seats to increase boot space even further.
The MG 5 combines the practicality of an estate with the low running of an electric car, meaning that you can have the best of both worlds. In fact, it’s one of the only cars of its type on sale in the UK, so it’s a great option.
It’s competitively priced, too, starting from £25,095. With a range of 214 miles, it’s got more than enough juice to travel to the farthest-flung courses, too.