There used to be the day where your members would lean a full-sized golf bag against a bag stand on the driving range. Times have changed. Now they leave the bag in the cart and take a handful clubs and rest them against the stand. The bag stand now is really a club stand where a water bottle, and maybe a cellphone is resting, as well as other necessities that are provided for the player; tees, alignments and a clean towel. The stand also keeps the range looking organized and gives the players a good personal space to practice.
So, what are some questions that you should be asking before making the investment into updating the stands on your driving range? Here are 5 things that we’ve have put together that you should consider.
Material is the most important thing to think about because whatever you purchase, you want it to last more than a few years… Metal is the best choice because it will last the longest (7-10 year) (just say ‘no’ to plastic or wood). There’s very little maintenance involved (no staining). We choose to use only metal not because we don’t like the look of wood new, but because wood weathers and doesn’t look good for long.
Powder Coat -The type of powder coat that you pick determines how long your stands will last without refurbishing. It’s good to pick a textured powder coat that’s scratch resistant and one that we have an exact match for touch up paint. There are several powder coats that we can provide an aerosol can that you do a quick spray on a scratch. We have different shades of brown to give a wood-like look. The best seller is BR47 and is a semi-texture powder coat.
Weight -If you move the stands daily a great length you might want to consider a lighter weight bag stand or if you absolutely love the A-frame twisted metal, then you can move them around easily with dollies. Square tube will be lighter than twisted metal. If you only move the stands a short distance to mow, then any style/tubing works.
Storage -If you store the stands in a small cart barn in the winter, you might want to consider a bag stand that stacks well (upright bag stands & kick plate styles). If you have more room, then A-frame stands work great.
Cleaning -With RHI bag stands, we recommend wiping them down with a soft cloth. If there’s ever water stains, a cloth with a little denatured alcohol will work great or a gentle cleaner such as Goof Off Wipes. Like anything that you want to last, it’s important to take care of them by cleaning regularly.