Everybody knows that actually being able to swing a club and play a full round of 18-holes is only half the battle in golf. The other factor that determines your superiority on the course is your choice of clothing. Golf clothing for men is rather specific, with many courses instilling a strict dress code you need to adhere to before you even thinking about teeing off.
If you’re looking to either take up the sport of golf, or are in need of a fresh wardrobe of golf clothing, not only do you need to think about what polo shirt you’re going to get, or what golf shoes will see you through several hours of play this year, but you will also need some quality pairs of golf pants. You wouldn’t want to wear your regular chinos to the golf course – and you’ll more than likely be prevented from playing at all in jeans – so only a pair of dedicated golf pants will suffice.
Men’s golf pants are designed to not only offer the protection you’d expect from a pair of pants, but are stretchy too. You’ll want to look out for pairs that offer four-way stretch, as these will provide the very best in free movement, allowing you to swing through as comfortably as possible to make that 200-yard drive.
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More and more clothing retailers are becoming aware of the benefits – and popularity – of golf clothing, meaning you no longer need to rely upon the big sportswear brands. Instead, you can find golf pants from a range of clothing brands that offer both style and substance in spades.
We’ve rounded up the very best golf pants for men currently available, and you’ll do well to stock up on a few. Your game will thank you.
Men’s Golf Pants FAQ
Why do I need golf pants?
Pants designed specifically for golf will be different from regular chinos and trousers. They offer far greater stretch, are more lightweight and will be more breathable, and can even effectively wick sweat away from your body. You can, of course, wear regular chinos on the golf course, but you'll be much more comfortable and be able to swing your clubs more freely with a dedicated pair of golf pants.
Can you wear golf pants to work?
Absolutely. Just because golf pants are designed to be used when playing golf, doesn't mean they're not versatile. Most pairs will look like regular trousers or chinos, yet will be more lightweight and comfortable. If anything, they're a much better trouser option to wear to work, especially when the weather is hot.
What pants can I wear to play golf?
If you don't have golf pants, you can wear chinos or slacks. You absolutely should not wear jeans on the golf course, or cargo shorts or cargo pants. You can wear shorts, but they should be tailored and in neutral colours. Most golf courses have strict dress codes that you need to adhere to if you want to have any chance of playing a full round of 18 holes.
While Everlane doesn't have a dedicated golf clothing range, pants such as the Performance Chino can certainly find their way onto the course. Offering 4-way stretch, moisture wicking and quick-drying properties, they give you everything you could need from a golf pant, in a pair of chinos that can easily be worn as an everyday item. Two pairs for the price of one, essentially.
However, over the years Bonobos teamed up with professional golfers to develop a line of classy golf apparel that is also performance driven. Their range of golf pants are constructed from a premium tech material that’s got stretch, breathability, and a UPF 50 sun protection rating; plus, they’re available in many rich colours.
These properties makes Rhone an ideal candidate for golf clothing. The brand does have some golf-specific tops, but its Commuter Pant is versatile enough to be used on the course as well as in the boardroom. They give you the perfect on-course look, and are made from a Flex-Knit fabric to provide stretch and comfort for hours on end.
The ABC Pant is available in various lengths and waist sizes for nailing the perfect fit, and is made from the company's own Warpstreme fabric. This blends polyester and elastance together, resulting in a breathable and stretchy fabric, that also helps to wick sweat from the body. They also sport Lulu's ABC – anti-ball crushing – technology, meaning they offer generous room and movement, perfect when you're swinging some iron.
The Ellott golf pants are made from a Micro High Stretch fabric to let you move your legs any which way you wish. Their slim fit means you'll be looking suave as hell on the course, and you needn't worry about a little water, as their surface is water repellent.
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The Genius golf pants are designed with performance in mind, combining 4-way stretch, a lightweight build and moisture management, along with a grip inside the waistband.
The Open To Close golf pants are one of the brand's most popular, and for good reason. They're wrinkle resistant so you can rest assured you'll always be looking your best on the green, offer 4-way stretch and can be had in a variety of neutral colours that pair well with your full collection of polo shirts.
The Tour performance golf pants give you everything you need: comfort, free movement and breathability. A built-in gripper in the waistband keeps your shirt in place throughout each swing, while side pockets with extra depth will keep any essentials close.
These UA Iso-Chill tapered golf pants use Under Armour's Iso-Chill fabric technology, which remains cool to the touch by dispersing body heat. It's lightweight and stain-resistant too, and even offers 4-way stretch. Quite simply, they could be the only pair of golf pants you'll ever need.
Golfino understands you're going to want to play golf all year round, even when the months turn chilly. These tech stretch golf trousers are designed to be used in the cold, thanks to a Cold Protection function. This helps to regulate your body temperature, keeping you warm when out on the fairway. They can easily wick sweat away from your skin and they're water repellent too, meaning you can continue playing no matter the weather.
One particularly noteworthy pair of golf pants to come from Adidas is this Ultimate365 Herringbone pair. As the name implies, these golf pants can be worn all year round, with the herringbone weave giving them a little extra style. You'll find you get plenty of stretch throughout the pants, meaning you can walk around the course, crouch down and swing with ease and comfort. Gripper tape in the waistband and a water-repellent finish on the fabric help round out this exceedingly capable pair of men's golf pants.
These slim-fitting Hugo Boss golf pants are made from a twill fabric that's been given a water-repellent finishing. The partially elasticated waistband means you get the best of both worlds in terms of comfort and a streamlined look.
The All Day Every Day golf pant needn't be reserved for wearing solely on the golf course, but thanks to their hint of stretch, elastic shirt gripper, they are naturally well-adjusted for a life on the fairway.
Such as these Dri-FIT UV golf chino pants. With an everyday look that wouldn't look out of place on the high street, these Nike golf pants utilise the company's Dri-FIT sweat-wicking fabric technology to keep you cool on the course, along with UV protection in case you find yourself in particularly high UV areas. Elsewhere you get plenty of pocket storage and a internal waistband grip to keep your shirt in place.
The Icon Chino is a golf pant with a little bit of extra attitude. Particular attention has been paid to the small details you'd be forgiven for overlooking, such as laser-cut holes above the knee to aid with freer movement, and double-welted pockets for durability. Drawing from Oakley's extreme sports affiliations, they're appropriately styled, too, meaning they'll happily serve as an everyday pair of slacks.
The Player Fit 5-Pocket golf pants are widely regarded as some of the most technically-advanced golf pants around. Clever stitching and fabrics work together to conform to all body types, while Coolmax technology helps to keep you cool thanks to effective moisture management.
Their huge range of golf pants are available in multiple colours and styles, and feature performance 4-way stretch and quick-dry properties.