The best golf apparel brands are changing the game
Writing about the best golf apparel brands in 2021 is a much warmer and more entertaining endeavor than it would have been, say, a decade ago when the industry was still dominated by golf apparel giants. sport and conservative pro-shop brands. These icons still loom large, and a lot for good reason (sometimes you just want a damn good golf shoe), but mixed in with a suite of new-guard brands that bring streetwear, nostalgia and humor in their designs, and inclusivity in their brand ethos, with the aim of revolutionizing conservative and elitist codes of sport. Now, instead of a sea of shiny, boxy polo shirts, you have bucket hats, rugby-inspired polo shirts and workwear-inspired golf pants. You’ve got sweaters that fit you well and t-shirts that help you spread the gospel of golf when you’re not on the course. Mix and match to create your most stylish and functional golf wardrobe ever. (And if you need style inspiration, just look at these three.)
If you want a nod to the ’90s Golf Dad aesthetic without shopping for striped performance polo shirts and pleated khakis from the pro shop, Adidas Golf will send you in the right direction. Shoes are chunky, shorts are knee-length, and you’ll find boxy polo shirts and half-zip sweaters as far as the arm can swing.
Macklemore fell in love with golf a few years ago, and because he’s a Grammy-winning rapper and loves Get Dressed (his biggest hit remains “Thrift Store”), he naturally launched its own line of golf apparel. The aesthetic is dressy, bright, and retro in a way that’s hard to find in an industry dominated by nondescript tan pants, let alone fun.
Bonobos specializes in polo shirts, slim but comfortable chinos and dresses every man in America. Golf is therefore a natural category for the brand. In the collection they have lots of wild prints, but we love the solid colors, which can be paired tone on tone for a very stylish and very modern effect on the ties and beyond.
With Eastside Golf, Detroit-based founder Olajuwon Ajanaku aims to make the sport not only more stylish, but also more inclusive. The line of t-shirts, hoodies and accessories features Ajanaku, a black man, wearing jeans, a sweatshirt and a gold chain in the middle of the backswing. “There’s never been a brand like us to speak authentically and competently to both sides – golf and urban culture,” Ajanaku told GQ earlier this year.
If you’re covered in polo shirts and need bottoms that will keep you comfortable from the 1st to the 18th hole, try Greyson, founded by Ralph Lauren vet Charlie Schaefer. The brand’s pants and shorts have all the performance details you need on the ties, while looking good enough for the clubhouse, and are available in a dozen colors.
Founded in the beginning by Norwegian Olympic skier Lasse Kjus and Swiss entrepreneur Didi Serena, Kjus will make you feel like the Daniel Craig of your golf club, your ski club and any other club you frequent. Think: simple, clean silhouettes, luxe fabrics, lots of navy and black.
We know what you’re thinking: but Lacoste is a tennis brand. Sure, but since when isn’t a UV polo shirt or a breathable half-zip suitable for the links or the clubhouse? Not only are the majority of pieces in the brand’s Sport line suitable for golf, but Lacoste also makes a few golf-specific purchases, including a custom golf pants and raglan sleeve golf polo shirt.
You have to hand it to Lululemon who, despite their heritage as a women’s yoga pants brand, really bring the heat when it comes to stylish, high-performance men’s activewear. While Lululemon doesn’t designate pieces exclusively for golf, it’s easy enough to see that the brand’s famous ABC pants and air-mesh polo shirts are green-ready.
With Nike and Champion collabs under its belt and frequently sold out drops, Malbon Golf, launched in 2017 by Stephen and Erica Malbon, feels like the independent golf brand most poised to become a future standby. It also helps the brand offer a complete collection of performance golf apparel, from socks and headgear to technical bags and pants.
Metalwood’s collection of ’90s-inspired tech t-shirts, sweatshirts and shorts do even more golf appreciation merchandising than performance wear, but that’s more of a good thing. Especially if you love to watch, think and evangelize golf as much as you really love to play it, or if you just can’t get into club chic attire.
Golf isn’t the most fashionable sport in the game – after all, there are no paparazzi-lined tunnels or GQ fashion prizes – but Nike will change your perception of what it’s capable of with its sleek and futuristic golf apparel line which, most impressively, includes excellent link-compatible sneakers.
Peter Millar is a North Carolina-based brand that was launched in the early years. It sells big at resorts, which makes sense given it’s built around cashmere sweaters, polo shirts, and performance golf apparel. But they also have e-commerce and a price-performance ratio that’s hard to beat. (Peter Millar also owns, L/Frontanother popular US-based golf line, stocked by Mr Porter.)
No one appeals to pros, pro-shop newbies and menswear heads like Ralph Lauren. That’s why the brand is the Official Outfitter for the US Olympic Team and countless major sporting and pro events, including Tom Watson and other big names in golf. Wearing Ralph Lauren on any pitch, court or course is like wearing an American flag around your body (and sometimes it’s not even a figurative statement).
If you’ve got a taste for Nike but a Ralph Lauren golf club, Mr. Lauren’s more technical RLX Golf range has you covered. It’s sleek, modern and performance-oriented, but with that preppy taste that comes through with a quilted vest here and a color-block polo neck there, and lots of navy blue.
Radda Golf’s polo shirts look more like rugby shirts than the typical pro-shop polo shirt (think ultra-fine stripes and slippery fabric), which is to say you’d want to wear them outside of the course and outside the clubhouse as well. Pair one with the brand’s headgear or brightly colored golf pants and you’re a real game-changer.
Random Golf Club’s goal is to make golf more fun and inclusive through educational content, local meetups across the country and, of course, quality products. The brand’s themed collections include accessories such as putter covers and towels, as well as t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts that spread the RGC gospel.
You can see a UA Golf polo shirt a mile away – with its chunky stripes, skin-tight fabric and contrast stitch logo – but the athletic brand also offers plenty of high-tech, low-key performance wear, from gloves to half-zip sweaters. , which work for a golfer of any age, ability or personal taste.
Uniqlo may not have a fully realized golf apparel collection, but the Japanese retailer’s investment in performance fabrics, not to mention its obsession with polo shirts, makes it a solid place to shop for new gear. The Dry-Ex collection, for example, wicks away moisture, neutralizes odors and provides a weightless feeling you’ll be grateful for during a summer game.
You could easily mistake Whim’s collared sweaters, suede shoes and t-shirts for great everyday wear, which makes sense given the brand’s tagline: “for people who might love golf “. This is not the case with technical and standard country-club clothing. And thank the golf gods for that.