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These Are the Best Golf Apparel Brands in the Game Right Now
You know what they say: look good, play good.
If you're reading this, you've probably seen that golf has seen a bit of a boom during the past few years. 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. In 2023, that number is only going up. If you're new to the course, headed back after some time off or just want some new duds, the best golf apparel will keep you looking fresh while you play.
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What to Know
When it comes to hitting the links, it is almost just as fun to dress for the occasion as it is to actually play a full 18 holes. Golf clothes have traditionally been defined by the ill-fitting golf shirts and baggy pleated golf pants 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 materials, leaving you with a bunch of excellent options to choose from. Hell, even buying gifts for your golf-playing friends is easier now thanks to the sheer multitude of brands doing big things.
What to Look for
The golf apparel landscape is more robust than ever — virtually anyone can find something that suits their style both on and off the course, from hoodies and tees to classics like slim chinos and performance polos. Brands are collaborating and there is more cross-pollination than ever, meaning if you want a sweater with some streetwear vibes, you can have it. If you want a classic polo freaked with '8os graphics, you can have that, too. If you just want some shorts made with extra pockets and a webbing belt instead of classic chino shorts, you can have that too.
Since the brands in the space are all so different, it's hard to identify exactly what to look for, because there's no unifying set of standards that make golf apparel appropriate for the course anymore. We can, however, provide a couple of guidelines.
Since the brands are more diverse than ever, the fits follow suit. Some brands still make slim straight pants, while others make billowy pleated pants or tapered joggers. Some polos are performance-fit, while others remind us of the shirts of yesteryear: boxy and made with pique cotton. You can choose what you want, but just be sure to double check the measurements and product descriptions before you check out, lest you end up in some skinny pants when you were looking for an athletic fit.
Much like fit, materials in golf clothes are all over the place, but not in a bad way. If you prefer 100 percent cotton, you can have it, but even streetwear-inspired stuff can be made with performance materials. One trend we do love to see, though, is recycled and post-consumer materials making their way into the golf world. With climate change in full force, some question the place of golf courses in today's world. Golf brands understand this and are putting their money where their mouth is, working behind the scenes to make it so you can feel a bit better stepping on the golf course.
A monster in the sportswear world, Adidas also outfits some of the greatest golfers in the game, from 2000s icons like Sergio Garcia to current stars like Colin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele. Within its golf line, you'll find all of the best materials and tech Adidas has to offer, including ClimaCool, COLD.RDY, RAIN.RDY, Primeblue and Adidas Boost.
Filmmaker Eric Anders Lang was fed up with feeling out of place on the golf course, so he set out and made his own brand that emphasizes personal style and inclusivity in the sport. The apparel is second to none, while its accessories and golf bags are excellent additions to your golf setup. This is quickly becoming one of our absolute favorite golf brands.
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, unfortunately, inextricably linked. Radmor's gear uses no new polyester and instead focuses on durable and organic materials that are biodegradable.
The Venn diagram of golf and style is pretty much just a circle these days, and not many brands make this point evident as well as Metalwood Studio. You'll find boxy polos that are absolutely ideal for long days on the course, but you'll also find a camo hat, vintage-inspired headcovers and wide-legged pleated trousers that look equally at home in the 90s as they do today. Basically, buy one of everything from Metalwood (don't miss the tees, they're *chef's kiss*).
Probably one of the most exciting new brands in the golf world, Malbon is democratizing the game by introducing styles that could just as easily be seen in celeb style-spotting photos as they are on the first tee. Pick up a hoodie for brisk mornings, a bucket hat for the sunniest days on the fairway or round out your fit with a classic pique polo.
The brainchild of golf fanatic Macklemore, the Seattle brand has brought a streetwear-meets-seventies vibe to the links, thanks to its pleated pants, vintage-fit sweater polos and trucker caps. If Jack Nicklaus wasn't your style icon, the brand also sells hoodies, tees, sweats and other more street-worthy apparel. Regardless of what you choose, it's going to elevate your style on the course.
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.
Brady's eponymous brand has launched with a bang; it's sure to be a formidable juggernaut in the style world that mirrors Brady's elite playing career to a tee. You'll find classic golf gear with elevated materials at prices that actually make more sense than you'd expect from a brand like this. Whether you just need another polo for your collection or want a head-to-toe outfit, Brady brand can be a one-stop shop.
If you've got a taste for 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 G/FORE, a brand you'll read about below.
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.
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.
The brand that made it possible for every guy to have a wardrobe full of clothes that actually fit and look good, Bonobos has dove headfirst into golf, bringing the same mindset to the course.
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.
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.