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Have clubs, will travel? Good for you. But what about the other gear you need for an epic, snag-free golf trip? Here are 9 items you won’t want to leave home without.

BIG MAX Blade+

No need to rent a push-cart. This one travels with you. It weighs less than 15 pounds and collapses quickly into a five-inch profile, sparing you the cost of excess baggage penalties, not to mention clubhouse rental fees. $299 bigmaxusa.com

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64-INCH LOUDMOUTH PAINT BALLS UV UMBRELLA

Any old umbrella keeps you dry in a downpour. This outsize, wind-vented showstopper doubles as a parasol, with a UV-coated nylon canopy that blocks 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. At nearly five-and-a-feet, the diameter of its coverage is longer than any putts you’re apt to hole. $82, loudmouthgolf.com

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SHURE SE846 SOUND ISOLATING EARPHONES

With unsurpassed noise-filtering for crystal clarity, these unobtrusive earphones will get you through your flight, then get you into rhythm on the range. Now, about those other voices in your head... $999, www.shure.com

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SUN MOUNTAIN 2FIVE GOLF BAG

You set off on a golf trip beneath the heavy weight of expectations. Why add to the burden with a bulky bag? As its name suggests, the 2FIVE tips the scales at a mere 2.5 pounds, making it the lightest golf bag on the market. Not that its slight on features. It has four ample pockets (one plenty large enough for your rain gear), velour-lined valuable pouches, resilient carbon-fiber legs and a foam lumbar hip pad—all packed into its slender frame. $219.99, sunmountain.com

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CLUB GLOVE TRAIN REACTION ENSEMBLE #5

Whether you’re hitting shots or hauling luggage, it’s nice when all the moving parts work in sync. In this case, there are three—a travel bag, a carry-on and a shoulder-bag—designed to link together into a balanced, easy-rolling, one-hand transport system. All three pieces are fashioned out of sturdy, lightweight, burst-proof material that looks really good and lasts really, really long. $827, clubglove.com

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GALVIN GREEN BRAD WINSTOPPER JACKET

Windproof, water-resistant and super-light for maximum freedom of movement, this sleek outerwear has all the elements you need for, well, the elements. It folds so small and fits so snugly in your bag, you forget it’s there until you need it. $265, trendygolfusa.com

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PEAK VISION NICKLAUS GOLDEN BEAR MODEL FIVE SUNGLASSES

Special hybrid-optic lenses provide 100-percent UV protection while reducing glare and dampening distortion. Magnesium-aluminum, replete with the Golden Bear logo, mimic the appearance of a milled-putter face, so it’s hard to decide which looks better: the view they give you, or the glasses themselves. $195, peakvision.com

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GARMIN APPROACH S6 GPS WATCH

Pre-programmed with more than 39,000 courses worldwide, the Garmin Approach acts like a miniature caddy, guiding you through your global wanderings with up-to-date yardages to your target at almost any track you play. As fashionable off the course as it is functional on it, the Garmin also features a digital scorecard and—get this—it even tells the time, so you’re never late to the first tee. You won't miss any pressing emails, either. You can program the S6 so it accepts and displays email and text messages directly from your phone. $399.99, garmin.com

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ARCCOS SHOT TRACKING SYSTEM

Sure, it’s a tracking system, mapping and measuring your every shot. But it also serves as a kind of scrapbook, keeping a faithful record of how you played each hole. Years from now, as your pilgrimage to Scotland recedes into the mist, Arccos will help you remember the best moments, like a digital diary of every round. $299 arccosgolf.com

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