Sport may ignite our competitiveness when on the pitch, the course or the court, but while it’s obviously important to play well and be the best, we’re all too aware that it’s just as important to look good while destroying your opponent. Forget the saying “all the gear, no idea”, when it comes to sports such as golf, it’s most definitely “all the gear, you’ve got the idea”.
Fashion and style have always played a key role in the game of golf and never has this been truer than today. Players at amateur and professional levels are becoming increasingly conscious of their clothing and shoes whilst on the course, not to mention their demands for the performance of their clothing is ever increasing. Golf clothing these days needs to look great and perform even better to ensure players are getting the most out of themselves on and off the course.
Brands like Nike and Peak Performance are using cutting edge fabrics and materials to help keep golfers acclimatised to the conditions of play. Other companies, like Bogner and Kjus use their knowledge of skiwear to provide luxurious, high-performance clothing, and some brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Original Penguin instil a style that harks back to an era where styles were classical.
Whatever your personal style, skill level or budget there are brands that will cater to your golfing needs. Here is our selection of the finest golfing brands for men.
Rhone is a premium brand that's engineered for men. Whether it's running or hitting balls on the back nine you can be sure that Rhone will have you looking great.
Canadian activewear giant, Lululemon have moved into golf apparel. Expect cool colours, top notch fabrics and great design.
Founded in Sweden, J Lindberg brings a touch of class and elegance to the golfing sphere. Founded by one Mr J Lindberg, a former head of marketing at Diesel, J Lindberg reflects his own personal tastes and lifestyle preferences.
Fairway & Greene
Taking its naming inspiration from the very sport of golf, Fairway & Greene, founded in 1995, offers keen golfers and amateurs alike a strong selection of luxurious course-appropriate clothing. From polos made from moisture-wicking fabrics, warming layers for when the winds kick in and shorts that provide a good amount of stretch to allow you to swing to your full potential, Fairway & Greene's golf apparel collection is handsome and well-priced.
They may be best known for footwear, including their golf shoes, but US retailer Cole Haan is also in the clothing game, and its golf collection is one you should be checking out. You'll find more accessories than anything else, such as socks, belts, sunglasses and hats, all primed and ready for club-swinging action, but with some hoodies and jackets through in the mix too, you'll be well-protected on those cooler days.
Calvin Klein Golf
A name that needs no introduction, Calvin Klein is THE brand for underwear and have moved into the golf scene with the same high quality products that they have become famous for in the undies department. Stylish and practical, Calvin Klein's golf gear will keep you comfortable so you can chip away at that handicap.
Founded in 2001 with just a single cashmere sweater in its lineup, US clothing brand Peter Millar has expanded to encompass both golf and non-golf clothing for men, women and youth. Polos, pullovers, sweaters and shorts, you'll find it all here, and all clothing has been designed and made from fabrics that allow you to perform to your best potential. Features include stretch in all the right places, moisture-wicking fabrics and, most importantly, Peter Millar's clothing collection will have you looking your absolute best.
Travis Mathew draws on the Southern Californian lifestyle to create their golf gear. They want you to play to win and, look good doing it.
From the man that brought us Mossimo, G/FORE is based out of Beverly Hills and offers a mixture of modern and traditional golf clothing. Their golfing shoes are reminiscent of a time gone golfing era, yet their attire is modern and made from cutting edge fabrics. This eclectic mix of old and new is a bold statement, but pull it off and you'll be looking pretty schmick.
Dunning is a Toronto based company that is reinventing classic golfing style. Their selection of polos, trousers, shirts and jumpers feature clean silhouettes and high quality fabric, they are the perfect mix of function and form.
Unlike their more traditional counterparts, RLX Ralph Lauren focuses on modern, sophisticated design and cutting edge fabrics. RLX is the brand for the son of the guy who wears Polo Golf, or the man who simply wants modern looks and materials.
Kjus started of life as an outfitter for high quality ski clothing in 2000 and in 2012 began producing gear for the golfing world. Their products focus on stretch, freedom of movement and range of motion to allow you to swing without restriction.
Castore coin themselves as 'the most technically advanced sportswear in the world'. This ethos is a result of various innovations in fabrics and design that enables the wearer to perform at their best.
Under Armour was the first company to offer moisture wicking shirts and apparel. This innovative approach can also be seen in their golf line, in combination with a modern approach to the game. Under Armour gloves, clothing and bags to help you make the most of your time on the course.
Golfino was founded in 1986 and quickly became known for its high-quality knitwear designed specifically for the golf course. The clothing range has since expanded to include everything from socks to polos to belts. Clothing benefits from innovative materials such as those with 'cold protection', yet remains suitably stylish for some club swinging action.
The German sports outfitter, Adidas has been offer a golf line for quite some time now. Their fantastic shoes are available in a more classic guise as well as in a modern approach using technology like Boost and Primeknit. Their selection of apparel is also cutting edge.
Hugo Boss Golf
Traditionally a menswear label, Hugo Boss offers a selection of golf gear that is traditional Boss sharp. The combination of modern fits and high quality fabrics allows players to swing well and look stylish.
A brand that needs no introduction has long been a part of the professional golfing world. Uniqlo's simple, affordable and Japanese made men's golfing apparel is subtle option for astute golfers.
Whilst traditionally an outdoor outfitter, Peak Performance harnesses their understanding of the great outdoors to make clothing to keep you protected from the elements. Don't worry, emphasis on performance hasn't come at the cost of comfort and style.
Bogner, was originally famous for their ski gear but in recent years with their reputation for luxurious clothing has moved into the golfing world. Much like their ski gear, Bogner golf offers players bold designs made to the highest standards.
Wolsey is the perfect representation of modern golf wear. Their line includes high quality, performance fabrics with a combination of bold and subdued colours to suit all styles.
The clothing of choice for one of the worlds best players, Rickie Fowler, Puma golf encompasses performance clothing. Their gear is breathable and flexible and their shoes are modern with a 'trainer' look. If it's favoured by one of the best in the world, surely its good enough for you.
Original Penguin is said to be the originator of the golf shirt, their gear was favoured by Richard Nixon both in office and on the course. Their classical designs will keep you looking sharp during play and at the pub.
Lyle and Scott
Lyle and Scott technical golf clothing is engineered for high performance on course. Their simplistic designs are timeless and will look good even when you aren't playing.
Ted Baker offers fashion, fit, performance and a sense of humour with their golfing collection, which features various prints, bold colours and interesting designs. If you don't take yourself too seriously on the course, check Ted Baker out.
Nike offers a great selection of golfing gear, from shoes to clothing they're some of the highest performing products available. A long time sponsor of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, arguably two of the best all time golfers, Nike has learn't how to make products that enhance the experience as well as the performance of the players.
Designed by golfers for golfers, Galvin Green has a passion for golf and their ultimate aim is for you to get out on the course as often as possible. It's all well and good getting to the course, but playing well is a whole beast and Gavlin Green has designed all of their clothing so that you can focus on your game and play your best.
US golf clothing company Stitch was founded in 2012 with the means to create reliable products that were made incredibly well, right down to the last stitch. Understanding that you need to look good and feel good on the course, Stitch Golf's range of apparel is tastefully designed. With a generous selection of polo shirts in various colours and patterns, along with vests, jackets and pants, your new golf wardrobe awaits.
Clothing is made from premium materials that include spandex for stretch and free movement, as well as being fully breathable, moisture-wicking and UV ray blocking. Polos also get the added benefit of the brand's under-buttons, which keeps the collar in place.
Whilst when you first think Oakley you might be led to think about sunglasses, they also make a selection of great apparel for a range of sports. Much like their sunglasses, Oakley uses cutting material and processes to make products that perform above and beyond expectations.
Greyson was founded by an ex SVP of design at Ralph Lauren, Charlie Schaefer so it's safe to say their offering is killer. It was Schaefer's dream to start his own label and previous experience has given birth to a rather eclectic range of clothing that will no doubt help you to stand out on the course.
Radda Golf was founded to "disrupt" the conventional fashion associated with golf. By that, it means it draws inspiration from streetwear and designer clothing to provide a range of golf apparel that can effectively be worn both on and off the course. The company's range includes a plethora of polo shirts both plain and printed, but all made from a moisture-wicking Dryfit polyester fabric while pants are given a hint of spandex stretch to support you while you make your swinging rotations.