Since its founding in 2011, Ship Sticks continues to grow its golf-club shipping company. Working with shippers such as UPS and FedEx, golfers can have their clubs shipped to and from their destination by printing off a label and attaching it to their travel bags. In 2017, Ship Sticks is working on an app to simplify the process further, allowing golfers to schedule shipments from their phones. As we often do in Golf Digest Stix, we spoke with Coleman about the golf-travel industry and how Ship Sticks has continued to grow.
1. Based on what some have written about golf, one might expect the travel industry to be slowing. How robust is the golf-travel market based on what you guys have seen?
We disagree with that narrative. The game is in a good place, and we support that statement by the number of new courses being added by existing resort partners, and by the consistent inbound inquiries for our service from hotels, resorts and green-grass facilities. There are millions of golfers, and a large percentage of them go on trips each and every year. We have noticed an increase in travel and shipments. As a result of new courses being built like Cabot Links, or massive renovations like Pinehurst, we are seeing an increased demand for travel and golf. Ship Sticks believes that we have barely scratched the surface with regards to the addressable market opportunity.