As one of the few inherently socially distant activities, golf has seen a bit of a boom during the pandemic. Starting in June 2020, courses across the country saw a huge surge in rounds played. According to the National Golf Foundation, golf courses across the country saw a 22.8 percent increase in rounds played through the first six months of 2021 when compared to 2020. That is a lot of golf.
When it comes to hitting the links, it is almost just as fun to dress for the occasion as it is to actually play 18 holes. Golf clothes have traditionally been defined by the ill-fitting polos and baggy pleated khakis of the 80s and 90s, but the past decade or so has seen a recommitment to the sartorial side of the game. (Rickie Fowler's head-to-toe orange outfit notwithstanding.) While we haven't returned to the knee-high knickers of the early 20th century, we are seeing brands choose to work with a combination of traditional and technical, leaving you with a bunch of excellent options to choose from. With that in mind, we decided to round up some pieces from our favorite brands. Next time you head to the course, whether it's your local muni or the country club, do it with style.
We all know Lululemon for its workout clothes and for spearheading an athleisure movement that has taken over the fitness space. The brand is more than yoga pants now, with a thriving menswear line that features polos, pants and outerwear that's tailor-made for the course.
Stripes always look good on the course, especially when they're as cool and comfortable as they are on a Lulu shirt.
Started by a veteran of the apparel industry and a former golf pro, Radmor was developed by guys that wanted to make sure their clothes don't damage the environment, to which golf is inextricably linked. Radmor's gear uses no new polyester and focuses on durable and organic materials that are biodegradable.
This subtle tie-dye polo will set you apart from the crowd at the first tee without drawing unwanted attention during your backswing.
You surely know Polo Ralph Lauren. Just a simple glance and you know it is fit for the country club. Well, you don't have to be a country club man to don Polo when you hit the links — they look good anywhere. Looking for something a little more sport forward? Check out the RLX line, which takes the spirit of Ralph and adds performance materials and design.
Stave off winds and unexpected rain showers with this shell from RLX and easily stow it in your bag when you don't need it.
Could we make this list without Nike? I don't think so. Without it we wouldn't have red on Sundays. The world's largest sportswear brand has a lineup of golf gear that will outfit you from head to toe, for a quick nine holes on a summer night to the coldest winter rounds.
'90s swag adapted for life on the course. Pair these with your red mock-neck shirt and black golf pants for a Tiger-worthy fit.
Another monster in the sportswear world, Adidas also outfits some of the greatest golfers out there, from 00s icons like Sergio Garcia to current champions like Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele. You'll find all of the best materials and tech Adidas has to offer in its golf apparel, including ClimaCool, Primeblue and Adidas Boost.
Golf demands versatility, whether you're hitting a creative shot or layering up for a six-hour round. Don't be left in the cold without a layer that is just as versatile as your wedge play.
Mr Porter, one of the most formidable menswear retailers on the web, has been a go-to for finding fashionable gems. Just earlier this year, Mr P. decided it was getting into the golf game, and we're better dressed for it. Mr P makes sweaters, trousers and tops that will make you the most dapper man on the course.
Here's how to get around the club's polo shirt requirement.
If you like performance apparel and shoes that still nod to heritage sportswear, G/FORE is a brand worth checking out. From cleated golf shoes to outerwear and shorts, G/FORE will give you the edge you need on the course. You'll be shaving strokes off your card in no time.
These shoes from G/FORE bring back all that is good about old-school golf shoes upgraded with modern touches for the ultimate year-round spike.
If you've got a taste for the more refined golf apparel, check out Peter Millar. The brand specializes in sportswear that looks just as good on the golf course as it does for dinner in the clubhouse. They even happened to release a limited-edition shoe collaboration with the aforementioned G/FORE.
This fleece will be your cooler weather workhorse, keeping you warm whenever a cold morning or evening threatens to ruin your swing.
Under Armour not only outfits one of the best young golfers on the PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth, but it also outfits one of the best basketball players of all time, Steph Curry (who just happens to be an excellent golfer as well). UA has a whole line of Steph-inspired golf gear alongside staples you'll see on Spieth every weekend all year long.
Get one of Steph's signature shirts and you'll be draining putts like he drains threes.
Austin, Texas-based Criquet Shirts took a look at the icons of the past — Jack Nicolaus, Arnold Palmer and their contemporaries — and made a brand that paid homage to those times, while also providing necessary updates, ensuring that Criquet shirts look good on and off the course.
It is rare to find a shirt that you can wear on the course as well as stumble across Criquet part-owner Luke Wilson rocking one on a night out in ATX.