Go Green – Sustainable bag brand Minimal Golf hits UK shores

‘For the player. For the planet.’ Sustainable bag brand Minimal Golf unleashes ‘made to last’ designs in the UK.

Every major brand and boutique golf bag manufacturer, many of which have sprung up over the last few years say they make the best golf bags on earth. But with most golf bags being made from nylon, polyester, and non-environmentally friendly PU very few ever give a second thought to the bag’s impact on the sustainability of our planet. Minimal Golf might only have started out in 2019, which makes them a fledgling young player in the golf arena, but their ‘Use less, Reuse more’ philosophy and dedication to only making environmentally responsible golf bags is a refreshing and uplifting story. One that all golfers need to know about and consider if our game is ever to have a sustainable future.

How do they do it?

Minimal Founder Sam Goulden pledged at the outset his company had to “be good for the player, and good for the planet” so their plan is only to partner with companies that share their ‘tread lightly on the earth’s resources’ philosophy.

The fishing nets and plastic bottles collected by SeaWasteX to be turned into recycled materials

That means the company partners with SeaWasteX a program that recovers discarded nylon objects and fishing nets from beaches and oceans around the globe. Processing turns the waste into durable nylon pellets that can be used to create fabrics for traditional products like golf bags, shirts, shoes, and even bicycle tires. Effectively creating a win-win situation ss more of the earth’s resources are recycled and re-used while unwanted microplastic pollution is also removed from our seas, helping to protect vital marine life and natural ecosystems.

Research has also shown the most common reason for getting rid of a golf bag is a zip being broken, which renders a pocket no longer fit for purpose. To up the life expectancy of their bags Minimal Golf only uses magnetic fastenings which bring a sleek new appearance and improved functionality to their designs.

The abandoned fishing nets collected by SeaWasteX on a beach

‘Built to last’ is a phrase we don’t hear much of in the modern world but just like the best Galvin Green waterproof jackets (which famously have a lifetime waterproof warranty) Minimal actively set out to design and manufacture golf bags that will stand the test of time, in a further bid to eliminate unnecessary waste.    

If buying a great brilliant golf bag that also gives you the cosy, comfortable feel that you’re doing your bit for the planet is on your agenda in 2024 Minimal Golf is well worth checking out.

Meet the Minimal family

Minimal Terra Stand SE1

RRP: £399

Colors: Frost White, Stealth Black, Flint Grey

Weight: 2.93kg(with double strap)

A full length image and close up shot of the top and pocket detailing of the Minimal Golf Terra stand bag

The Terra is an 8.5” stand bag with a 5-way top and carrying capacity for all the requirements of a dedicated golfer. Each bag is created from recycled SeaWasteX nylon so it’s weather-resistant and very durable.

Expect a total of 9 pockets for all your kit, with a bespoke magnetic rangefinder compartment and the ability to switch between a single or double strap. Like all the best stand bags there’s also an insulated cooler pocket and velour-lined valuables pouch.

Three colors keep things simple, subtle, and elegant plus further down the line the company plans to offer a full personalisation service.        

Minimal Gaia Cart TE1

RRP: £449

Colors: Stealth Black, Flint Grey, Frost White

Weight: 3.36kg

A full length shot and up close features of the Minimal Golf Gaia cart bag

The Gaia is a 9.5” trolley bag with a 14-way top and full-length dividers. Like the Terra carry bag it’s also constructed from SeaWasteX recycled nylon so it’s weather-resistant and super durable.

11 pockets ensure there’s tons of space for all your golf gear and like all the best cart bags there’s an insulated cooler pocket and velour-lined valuables pouch. Further down the line, the company will also offer golfers the chance to personalize a removable custom panel with their name and/or logo.

Visit the Minimal Golf website for further information.

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Simon Daddow

Simon Daddow

Today’s Golfer Equipment Editor

Simon Daddow is the Equipment Editor for Today’s Golfer. Having tested and played more than 10,000 clubs in his life, what he doesn’t know about golf clubs isn’t worth knowing.

He’s a specialist in all things metal having spent a large part of his career as a golf club maker and product development manager, and has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years. Starting out as trainee professional at Downes Crediton GC where he learned the art of golf club making, he went onto work for Clubhaus Plc and Tony Charles Ltd as a golf club maker, and running Product Development at Benross Golf.

Simon also spent time working as a Sales Executive in Harrods’ golf department, even helping supply Sir Nick Faldo with personalized shirts in a last-minute emergency ahead of a flight to a tournament.

He joined EMAP Active (now Bauer Media) as Equipment Editor in 2006 and has worked for both Today’s Golfer and Golf World. Working alongside our test pro Neil Wain, Simon has made todays-golfer.com the most reliable source for golf club testing.

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