We can’t all be world class golfers, but we can make sure we look the real deal while we’re playing.
The better you feel out and about on the course, the more likely you are to feel relaxed, strike the ball confidently and shave shots off your score – and clothing can definitely help.
If you’re just starting out, you won’t smack the ball 400 yards like Bryson Dechambeau, or master the greens like players on the PGA Tour straight away, but you can ensure you rock up at your local club on a Sunday morning looking like you belong there.
If you’re a beginner finding your feet in the game, there’s no need to feel intimidated by fancy courses. A dress code can be a great leveller and if you find the right gear for you, there’s no reason why you should ever feel out of place.
We tested some of the best looking and competitively priced golf clothing from a variety of major manufacturers and boutique brands, sure to make you look and feel good during your next round.
Sunderland of Scotland s.Zermatt
For smart looks and practicality, the over layers and jackets from Sunderland of Scotland are pretty hard to beat.
The historic brand has been producing classic pieces since the 60s, and the performance golf jacket is nice and warm, shower proof, blessed with good quality zip pockets for keeping valuables safe and can easily be worn in the clubhouse and beyond afterwards.
A strong golfing jacket is a must for players in the UK and this is right up there with the best.
Buy now £80.00, Glenmuir
Bunker Mentality Cmax Brea tech golf polo shirt
Golf should be fun, otherwise what’s the point? Bunker Mentality is one of the boutique brands out there helping to remind everyone how enjoyable the sport can be. They prioritise fun and flamboyance in their pieces and specialise in big, bold prints which will give you plenty of character out on the course.
This fantastic pink shirt is perfect for adding a splash of colour to your golfing get up. If you’re feeling really brave, pair it with a pair of white trousers and you’ll be ready for a party while you’re putting.
Buy now £60.00, Bunker Mentality
PAYNTR X 001 F
If you’re getting serious in the game, swap out your white trainers for a proper pair of golf shoes the next time you get out and play. Spikes are great – and perfect during the wetter months of the year – but these PAYNTR X 001 F with soft are one of the best all round golf out there.
They’re very comfortable, waterproof, good looking, offer strong grip and perfect for the casual golfer who wants to arrive, play and go to the pub after without having to mess around with changing shoes. If you’re looking for a shoe that does just about everything, they’re well worth the investment.
Buy now £119.99, American Golf
Glenmuir G.Jedburgh jumper
Glenmuir is the official producer of Ryder Cup apparel, and they certainly know a thing or two about making classy golf gear. The quality of their craft really shines through on their autumn pieces, too. This Kashmir jumper looks timeless, hangs well while playing and is more than smart enough to wear casually.
It’s nice and warm for those October rounds when the temperature starts to drop, but it’s breathable too and doesn’t sit heavily during gameplay. A quality piece.
Buy now £85.00, Glenmuir
Lyle & Scott golf gilet
If you’re looking for clothes that look good on the course and can also be worn in just about any other environment, Lyle and Scott has got you covered.
The brand has a proud heritage of making classic golf pieces, and their staple polos always translate well in most places including the course. They also offer a selection of outerwear in autumnal colours, including this gilet which will dress up just about any golfing outfit.
It’s fitted with robust zip pockets for keeping your valuables secure while you’re doing your thing, and it allows you to wear pretty much any top underneath and still be smart enough to get out and play.
Buy now £90.00, Lyle & Scott
Osten Polo Shirt
Osten is one of the new boys in the golf clothing scene, having only launched over lockdown. But they’ve definitely hit the ground running.
For beginners who want to look good without breaking the bank, and buy pieces that will work anywhere, Osten hits the sweet spot between streetwear-inspired designs and classic golfing apparel. The bloc polo and cap they currently offer are well priced too, and this is one brand we’re excited to see where they go next. Keep an eye out.
Buy now £35.00, Osten
Ecco Biom G3 Gore-tex golf shoe
When it’s really damp, or you’re playing a special course, it can be important to have a pair of spiked shoes that will look the business and keep you stable on damp, undulating fairways.
The soft leather and adjustable spikes on the Ecco G3 Gore-tex winter shoes make them a good option for golfers looking to invest in a piece that’ll strengthen their golfing wardrobe all year round. The looks, too, make them one of the most traditional looking options out there.
Buy now £273.00, Amazon
Adidas Go-to Primegreen Cold.rdy hoodie
Plenty of beginners will look for equipment from major brands they’ve bought from before, rather than jumping straight to boutique or specialist manufacturers. The Adidas range is packed with a wide range of options, ideal for more brand-conscious buyers looking to buy their first pieces, including a range of stylish trousers and the smart Adicross golf shoes – all of which are more than usable off the course.
Our top pick is the Go-to Primegreen Cold.rdy hoodie, which is designed with the more casual consumer in mind. It’s a comfortably fitted piece, with built-in stretch to help adapt to your body’s motion during the golf swing. It’s ideal for the range and even the course – hey, if the top players can wear hoodies at the most prestigious golf courses in the world, why can’t we?
Buy now £60.00, Adidas
Autumn and winter golf can be great fun, and that’s where Zerofit comes in. Unlike the US, the UK isn’t blessed with sun-kissed courses all year round and as the weather turns, it shouldn’t stop golfers getting out to the first tee and enjoying themselves.
The Japanese brand proudly declares itself as the producer of the warmest base layer in the world. The unisex Heatrub Ultimate sits comfortably under shirts and tops, trapping body heat and creating additional fritional heat while offering freedom of movement. The turtleneck also matches well with most outfits and gives us a flavour of Tiger Woods in his pomp – always a plus.
Buy now £55.99, Amazon
Oscar Jacobson Trent Mid Layer
The golf clothing range from Oscar Jacobson is stacked with understated and high quality items, which represent some of the smartest we’ve seen – perfectly suited for the player looking for classic looks on the course with a modern touch.
Invest in quality with this highly breathable and versatile pullover in double jersey knit fabric. The high levels of stretch offer excellent movement and allowance during your swing, while the soft brushed inside fabric is very comfortable and also retains body heat to offer great insulation during chillier afternoons on the links.
Buy now £69.99, American Golf
Penguin original plaid golf trousers
A well-structured golf trouser is always a solid addition to any player’s wardrobe, and these plaid trousers from Penguin will last and last.
The stretchy trousers offer moisture wicking, with plenty of breathability and a full range of movement – even if you end up straddling bunkers and wading into heavy rough looking for another miss-hit tee shot.
They’re made with 30 per cent recycled polyester too, and the professional fit means they work just as well in the office as they do on the greens.
Buy now £59.90, Penguin
Mizuno G-Style golf shoe
Keep it smart casual with the G-Style, which treads the line between trainers and more traditional golfing footwear – working on and off the course and offering fantastic comfort.
The shoe comes in navy or a more classic white, with a soft-touch, water-proof kuraray upper. The sole offers considerable grip too, while the product comes with one year’s waterproof warranty. They’ll keep you dry during soggy Sunday morning rounds and looking sharp in the clubhouse afterwards.
Buy now £90.00, Mizuno
PING sensordry waterproof golf jacket
If anything is certain in this life, it’s that golfers in the UK will need a good waterproof jacket. The great British weather shouldn’t stop us from getting out there and improving our game, which means it’s one of the most essential items a golfer can own.
PING has a great heritage in the world of golf clubs, and their clothing is pretty great too. The Sensordry waterproof golf jacket is a flattering fit, nice and lightweight, and the material doesn’t make a horrible noise when it rubs together. It comes in a number of colours including a nice deep red, adding a touch of vibrancy even if the weather turns grey.
Buy now £110.00, American Golf
Sounder Classic Polo Burgundy
There are plenty of options out there when it comes to polo shirts, but few of them have golf built into their DNA quite like the ones from Sounder.
The brand, which is a partnership from Folk founder and golf enthusiast Cathal McAteer with Urban Golf founder James Day, have the sport at their heart. They specialise in classic pieces with a contemporary touch, and this polo shows off what they do best.
It’s made of high quality, breathable and soft-feel cotton, and will sharpen up outfits on the course. It’s perfect for wearing out afterwards too, and there’s a finishing touch we love – a Sounder patch and ball marker on the hem, which finishes off the piece nicely.
Buy now £65.00, Sounder
Manors golf shorts
If you haven’t heard of them, Manors is one of the classiest fashion-conscious golf brands out there. They’re all about taking inspiration behind golfing tradition, but without all the stuffiness often associated with the game. We’re big fans of their approach, and these classic shorts will smarten up any summer golfing get-up.
They’re comfortable, stylish and feature a few nice details including a leather Manors patch on the waistband and pintuck pleats. Their knitted polos and wool vests are classy pieces too.
Buy now £110.00, Manors
Under Armour Storm Daytona 1/2 Zip
If you’re looking to keep playing well into the winter, Under Armour is a great brand to get familiar with. Their ColdGear Golf Kit range is some of the best all-weather gear out there right now, and the Storm Daytona 1/2 Zip will keep you warm, while offering plenty of flexibility and comfort.
It’s ideal for layering up in colder months, it comes with UA Storm technology designed to repel water while still being breathable, and the more lightweight fabric maintains body heat without clinging to the body and restricting movement. It looks great too, and comes in a range of colourways.
Buy now £75.00, Under Armour