In all of the reviews we do we take money seriously. We understand that most of us do not have an endless supply of it so we want to always ensure that the product you buy deserves the dollars you spent. In the next set of reviews, we have decided to be a little more precise and make some recommendations for bags specifically within set price ranges. We will be breaking things down into the following price ranges: The 5 best golf bags under 100 dollars, the 5 best golf bags under 150 dollars and the 5 best golf bags under 200 dollars.
We have chosen to not overlap the ranges so you can compare the top 5 bags in each of our articles and then decide for yourself if you want to move up a category. When possible and where justified we try to cover different bag type options in each price range. We think it is equally of interest to compare what the extra spend is getting you. Please take note that our price ranges are based on the recommended selling prices from the manufacturers so we compare what is comparable. At any given time, sales and promotions come up but, in our opinion, it still makes more sense to look at all things being equal to start and go from there.
In our final article of this series we will begin looking at the 5 best golf bags under 200 dollars. As the price bracket continues to grow from our previous two reviews so does the number of bags in condideration. All types of bags also were represented making the decision even harder. While the remaining of the top 5 are all new entries in our 2021 ratings we decided to go with one of the bags we have previously reviewed as our winner for the Best Golf Bag under 200 dollars, the Clevelend CG Stand Bag.
NOTE: OUR 2021/2022 Update rankings for Best golf bags under 200 dollars are now available here
Our 5 top picks
|Cleveland GC Stand Bag||Nike Golf Sport Lite Carry Stand Bag||IZZO Lite Stand Bag||Datrek Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag||Wilson Staff EXO II Cart Golf Bag|
|Weight||5.5 lbs||3.7 lbs||4.5 lbs||5.2 lbs||5.2 lbs|
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
Clevelend CG Stand Bag – Our pick for Best Golf Bags under 200 dollars
- 5.5 Lbs
- 14-way divider 9-inch top
- 6 Pockets
- Waterproof zipper valuable pockets
- Score cards pocket
- Insulated cooler pocket
- Hand and divot sleeve
- 3 Grab handles for easy loading
- Zip off front pocket
Sometimes we try to resist adding bags that we had reviewed and liked in other articles believing that it is always nice to introduce the reader to something new. Instead we really like the Clevelend CG Stand Bag and believed it merited headlining the top 5 bags for the best golf bags under 200 dollars.
We have already mentioned that In the Cleveland bag has delivered a great looking bag with great features at an economical price and in this set of reviews that is exactly what we are looking for.
The Cleveland CG Bag is the heaviest bag on our list but at 5.5 lbs it is still a relatively easy carry aided by comfortable and well put together straps. The weight is not lost for reasons of poor bag design but rather the inclusion of a full set of generous features.
It has 14-way dividers to ensure your clubs are safe and secure in the bag and reduce club rattle and a 9-inch top allows you plenty of room to access your clubs. Even though it’s 6 pockets, in number, do not exceed many of our recommended bags the amount of room they provide does. You will find no shortage of space and with the bonus of an insulated cooler pocket and waterproof zippered pockets your valuables will stay dry and your drinks will stay cool.
Touted as a stand bag, the Cleveland CG with its stable and well-constructed legs, certainly lives up to this classification. But it also doubles extremely well as a cart bag. With its cart friendly moulded base and leg containment strap to fit securely on both motorised and pull carts. With all of the versatility, features and a price at the bottom of the range the Cleveland CG Stand an easy choice for our pick in the Best 5 Golf Bags under 200 dollars category.
Our Runner Up – for Best Golf Bags under 200 dollars
This is the first Nike bag that has cracked our top-5 but we really feel the Golf Sport Lite Carry Stand Bag is a deserved runner up in the category. It is very much in contrast and purpose as compared to our top selection. A lightweight and economic bag with more than enough features to justify its price.
Nike Golf Sport Lite Carry Stand Bag
- 3.7 lbs
- 5-way 8.5-inch top
- 2 full-length divider system & putter well
- Custom grip leg end-caps
- Quick access pockets
- Water bottle sleeve
- Rain hood
- 6 Pockets
- Fleece-lined pocket keeps valuables safe & secure
- Nike EquaFlex Max Air Curved revolving double strap system
- Integrated GPS loop, pen sleeve & glove patch
- Full-length apparel pocket
At 3.7 lbs it is considerably lighter than the other bags on our list. This weight reduction helps compensate for the fact that there is less padding on the straps than some of the other bags keeping it a reasonable comfortable carry. As a stand bag, the Golf Sport Lite Carry Stand Bag, works very well. The legs are well secured to the bag when walking and work well when place to the ground leaving the bag well stabilized.
The 5-way top includes an oversized putter well so club space is not an issue. In the interest of weight reduction, the handle usually found at the top of the golf bag, has been removed. There are 6 pockets spread across the bag including a water-resistant fleece-lined valuables pocket, full length apparel pocket and also an easily accessed beverage sleeve. Even if not insulated it still does a great job of keeping refreshments within arm’s reach. While some bags may have slightly more storage capacity the Nike offering is more than enough for the needs of the standard golfer.
It comes in 3 different color arrangements and the bags material is easily wiped clean to keep the bag looking fresh. Our intention in this series of reviews was not only to give you a straight top 5 but list but also offer you some different styled bags in the specified price ranges and we feel that the Golf Sport Lite Carry Stand Bag is exactly that. As such we feel it is a worthy runner up for the 5 Best Golf Bag under 200 dollars category.
Our Other top picks for Best Golf Bags under 200 dollars
The 3rd pick in out top 5 went too IZZO with the Lite Stand Bag. There was not much separating these top picks but ultimately we liked the weight vs. features ratio that kept it above some of its nearest competitors.
IZZO – Lite Stand Bag
- 4.5 lbs
- 6-way top club
- Heavy duty nylon construction
- Dual Strap
- Towel loop for accessories
- Umbrella pocket
- Rain Cover
The Datrek Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag comes in 4th position and just off the podium in our Best Golf Bags under 200 dollars category. It was just slightly edged out by the other stand bags in the group. It may not be the flashy choice as some of the other offerings but this is a bag that checks all the boxes in and comes highly recommended.
Datrek – Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag
- 5.2 lbs
- 14-Way top
- Full-length individual dividers
- Rubberized putter & driver wells
- Riding and push cart compatible base
- Towel ring with glove holder
- Umbrella holder
- Rain hood
- 6 Zippered pockets
- Oversized insulated cooler pocket
- Fleece-lined valuables pocket
- 2 Garment pockets
- Large ball pocket
- Accessory pockets
- Lockable stand legs with slide-resistant feet
The Wilson Staff – EXO II Cart Golf Bag is the final bag in our “Bang for Buck” series of reviews. It is amazing that there were 14 other bags that came it before this one since it is packed with features! This can stand toe to toe with the other bags and it will not disappoint. Sometimes it is just a matter of tastes since there is a whole lot of golf in this bag and it is a great value for money.
Wilson Staff – EXO II Cart Golf Bag
- 14-way 11× 9_inch top with
- 14 Full-length dividers
- 2 Integrated side-molded handles
- Premium padded single strap
- Umbrella holder
- Towel ring
- Glove holder
- Snap-on rain hood
- YKK® zippers
- Trolley anchor base with Secure Connect
- Pass-through strap construction
- 9 Pockets
- 2 DryTech valuables pockets
- 2 Full-size garment pockets
- 2 Front pockets for balls or rangefinder
- 2 Side accessories pockets
- 1 Large cooler pocket with drain holes