A Silver Lining

I knew something was wrong as soon as I saw my sagging travel golf bag on the baggage carousel.  I opened up the bag and the driver head fell out, then my seven iron head, then…  “Crummy Airlines USA” had snapped every club in my bag.  In fact, the devastation was so total, even the golf bag itself, the one inside the travel bag, had its spine broken.  Insert sobbing sound here.

There’s a reason my clubs were 25 years old – I loved them!  If my sand wedge were human, I would have dated it.  And like salt in my wounds, they destroyed my clubs on the way down to Florida, not on the way back up.  In fact, I was going straight from the airport to play the PGA National Championship Course with one of my favorite golfing buddies.  She was able to borrow a set for me, but I couldn’t hit them to save my life.

So after the round, and in a panic, I went to Golf Traders in Tamarac to rent a set.  While perusing the rentals, the owner, Bob, said he had a great set of new women’s clubs “for just $895” – the best quality set of clubs for the money….anywhere!

I didn’t say this out loud, but seriously?  Who does he think I am?  I’ve been playing golf since, well, quite possibly before he was born!  I would never buy some generic, off-the-rack set of golf clubs.

Then he said, “Do you have a place here in Florida?  You could just leave them here.” Hmmmm, interesting concept:  keeping clubs in Florida would mean no airline would have the chance to destroy them again.  So I tried them out… not bad.  In fact, I hit them pretty well. Then I did some quick math:  5 days of club rentals for this trip, plus extra baggage fees every time I come to Florida.  They’d pay for themselves in…. I was still deep in the math when Bob said, “it includes the bag.”

$895 later I was leaving the store with my “I would never buy some generic, off-the-rack set of golf clubs” golf clubs.

Saga over?  Not quite.  After using them, I realized I liked them all except the driver.  I called Bob, but this set only came with that particular driver.  “But come back in,” he said, “we’ll exchange it for a used driver you like.”  How nice of him!

So back to Golf Traders I go.  I park in their lot, get out of the car, tuck the bad driver under my arm, open the door…. geeesh this door is heavy… oh man, it’s closing on, nooooooooooooo, the driver!


Yup, another broken club.  I was officially in broken golf club hell.  I’ve never plugged any company (or anything) on this website before, but I just have to give a shout out to Golf Traders in Tamarac.  Not only did they make the effort and take the time to find me a great used driver, they gave me the previously offered free exchange… for a broken club!  I think it was because they’re really great, but I’ll admit, they might have been extra kind so they wouldn’t have to witness a 60-year old lady break down and cry – I was pretty upset when that driver snapped.

So the Silver Lining in a very sad story – Golf Traders!  I think of them and smile every time I hit a good shot with one of my wonderful “I would never buy some generic, off-the-rack set of golf clubs” golf clubs.



  1. Kat February 1, 2018 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Wow, that went from a Kafka story into an episode of Patty Duke within the space of a paragraph!
    Super sorry the airline did that to your old friends. I hope they made good on it for you, since you now also need to buy a new set of clubs for home… right?

    • Patty Ellis February 2, 2018 at 11:10 am - Reply

      LOL… you’re very funny, Kat! And yes, let’s just say I didn’t buy an “I would never buy some generic, off-the-rack set of golf clubs” golf clubs for up north.

  2. Diane February 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    What an unbelievable story and because I know you so well, I can only imagine your reaction when you saw your clubs. Let’s just say that I’m very happy I wasn’t there!!😂😂😂

    • Patty Ellis February 2, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

      LOL… believe it or not, I didn’t get upset. And the airline (mostly because they clerk forgot to get me to sign the waiver so they had to,) gave me some $ towards my new clubs. The most upset I got throughout the entire ordeal was when I snapped that second driver.

  3. Vanley February 1, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Great story Patty !

    Terrible beginning to the story but a happy ending at least. If I were in the Florida neighborhood (instead of a golf course here in Baja !) I’d patronize them in heartbeat: even if I didn’t need new clubs !

    A business can’t buy the kind of goodwill that their behavior will generate via your story.


    • Patty Ellis February 2, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Vanley!! Baja??? That sounds intriguing. Where do you play? And Golftraders is actually more of an online business. If I were better at this, I might have mentioned that. Grrrrr. golftraderonline.com

  4. Jon Silverberg February 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Made me smile, Patty…

  5. Jackie Meli-Rizzo February 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    You make my day every time I read one of your posts. They seem to come when I need to be made happy – and you Patty do that!! One of these days we will play together. Be well and keep the posts coming!!

    • Patty Ellis February 5, 2018 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Jackie, I would absolutely love that. Let’s really try to make that happen this year, okay???

  6. John Roy February 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    She who snaps last snaps loudest! Great silver lining story. And good on Bob!

  7. Doreen Badour February 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    What a great story, Patty. If golf clubs could talk they would say, “I’m glad I belong to you!”

    • Patty Ellis February 5, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Oh Doreen, how sweet of you to say that. But I think if my clubs could talk, they would have said “don’t put us on this flight”!!

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