Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag Review

How did this lightweight, fully waterproof stand bag perform out on the golf course?

Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A supremely lightweight and comfortable golf bag that can handle all 14 golf clubs and more with ease. While the cooler pocket design lets it down, this is a great option if you're looking for a lightweight carrying option that will keep all your belongings dry in inclement weather.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent top storage with no club crowding

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    Comprehensive and comfortable straps

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    Deep, fleece-lined valuables pocket

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    Lightweight and fully waterproof materials

Reasons to avoid
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    Cooler pocket is poorly designed

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Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD Stand Bag Review

Callaway has one of the largest stand bag ranges out of the big brands, so it can often be difficult to know which of its models is best for you. After testing the new 2023 Fairway C HD, I can categorically say that if you want a lightweight and fully waterproof stand bag from the brand, look no further than this. It's all around capabilities see this bag feature in our 2023 Editor's Choice.

At 2kg (4.4lbs) this is one of the most lightweight bags you can get that still holds all 14 golf clubs and more. There's no more satisfying feeling than carrying a lightweight golf bag over 18 holes and 2kg is a great starting point before you start filling it up. Indeed, only the Wilson Exo Lite stand bag can compete with this sort of weight. Coupled with the lightweight nature of this bag are the all-new straps and hip pad system that uses EVA molding for added comfort around the shoulders and back. The EVA within the straps and on the hip pad adds a level of softness that you don't get with many other of the best straps like the Ping Hoofer or Titleist Players 5 Stadry and makes for one of the best carrying experiences I've had in a golf bag. The legs create a really solid base too when the bag is stood up, but this bag won't translate onto a pushcart as well as bags like the TaylorMade FlexTech, a bag that has a base designed to be carried and used on carts. 

The 4-way divider on the Callaway 2023 Fairway C HD stand bag

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In terms of pockets, there are five in total which I thought was perhaps one light when compared to some of the other best stand bags at a similar price. However, the five pockets that are on the Fairway C HD are substantial and, in my opinion, will offer more than enough room for what a golfer needs to carry. The best of the five is the valuables pockets which is fleece-lined to protect your phone from scratching as well as being pretty deep, allowing you to comfortably store a phone, wallet, keys, and more in there. The large side pocket is perfect for holding larger items like apparel and the bag also comes with a rain hood which you can store in this pocket.

There's a small side pocket behind the Callaway logo which is ideal for gloves while the ball pocket on the front is large and deep enough to carry as many golf balls as you'll ever need (hopefully). There is a cooler pocket too, however, this is where my main gripe with the Fairway C HD appeared. It's incredibly poorly designed in my opinion as the opening is too small and too tight to easily slip a water bottle in and out of when you're on the move. Instead of being able to put a bottle back in while I was walking, I had to stop entirely to force it back in. It frustrated what was an incredibly pleasant experience using this bag, and I ended up storing my water bottle in the large side pocket such was my annoyance with the designated cooler pocket. 

The cooler pocket frustration aside, this bag is solid for organization and the 4-way top comfortably carried a full delegation of 14 golf clubs with no club crowding present. Finally, the waterproof fabric and seam-sealed zippers mean this bag is as waterproof as you can get and I certainly benefitted from it during my testing across a particularly wet March in the UK. Overall, this is one of the best lightweight, waterproof stand bags I have tested. The cooler pocket aside, there is all the room you could ever need in a bag that also benefits from some of the best bag straps on the market right now. 

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters degree in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes since he joined Golf Monthly and is an expert in the field. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 7.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. 

Dan is currently playing: 

Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 

Fairway: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15°, Ping G425 Max 21°

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Cobra King Tec Utility, Ping i59 (5-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x Pix