You're above par in so many ways, so there's no reason your golf hat shouldn't be, too. Whether you're a golfing novice or a putting pro, the right hat is an essential part of your gear, right up there with Titleist golf balls and Callaway golf clubs.
While many golfers now wear snapback hats and bucket hats, the classic golf cap still holds its own as the gold standard of golf apparel.
Also referred to as a flat cap, ivy cap, or driver cap, the golf cap is a rounded cap — traditionally made of tweed — with a low profile and small stiff brim. They originated in the UK where they were worn for warmth, but once they made it to the USA, these soft yet sturdy caps became a year-round staple on the golf course.
In addition to tweed, today's golf caps run the whole gamut of natural fibers including cotton, cashmere, silk, leather, and linen. They also come in synthetic fibers, some of which offer high-tech performance features such as UPF material for sun protection, flexfit for a comfortable fit, and moisture wicking for a dry, sweat-free experience.
Take a look at our top seven golf hat picks for both men and women ranging from classic golf caps as well as other hat designs that will step up your style game both on and off the green.
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Golf clubs? Check. Golf balls? Check. Golf shoes? Check. Golf hat? That's why we're here. Sure, a golf visor is an easy way to keep you cool on the course, but there are plenty of other practical yet polished options to step up your style. Take a look at these smart selections that any golf fan can swing.
1. Cooler Soaker Hat
When the warm weather calls your name out onto the green, you're going to want your favorite hat with you. The Cooler aussie soaker hat by Dorfman Pacific is just the hat you'll need. Just as the name implies, you can drench (or soak) this hat in water to keep you feelin' cooler on the course. Plus, it's equipped with a UPF50+ sun protection rating, making it the perfect summer outdoor companion.
2. Leven Golf Cap
With your Taylormade or Cleveland irons in tow, you'll feel as dashing as you look in the timeless Leven golf cap by Stetson. It's genuine suede exterior and elastic sweatband not only provide premium comfort, but are also idea for those chillier mornings on the fairway.
3. Sea Breeze Soaker Hat
Who needs another cap emblazoned with Adidas, Nike, Puma, Ping, or Under Armour? Forgo the usual logo caps and opt for a functional soaker hat instead. Equipped with a UPF50+ rating and elasticized sweatband, this soaker hat will have you feelin' calm, cool, and collected all game long.
4. Puerto Outback Hat
Make like a pro with your Mizuno golf clubs and this versatile Puerto outback hat by Scala. The hand-crocheted raffia and vented crown mean cool, dry comfort, while the 4 1/2-inch brim makes it a great sun hat to protect you from harmful UV rays. It's elasticized sweatband will keep it all place no matter how many rounds you go
5. Grand Canyon Safari Hat
No need for a mulligan, because you'll get it right the first time with this winning Grand Canyon mesh safari hat by Stetson. Constructed of mesh-covered nylon with a UPF 50+ rating, the 2 3/4-inch brim keeps the sun off your face while not obstructing your view. Plus, the COOLMAX sweatband and adjustable chin cord ensure optimum comfort. Available in multiple colors including natural, clay (shown), charcoal, khaki, black, clay, walnut, and more.
6. Driver Gambler Hat
The Driver straw gambler hat by Scala is our number one golf hat for a reason. Actually, for many reasons. Not only is it crushable and packable, thanks to the lightweight yet durable raffia straw construction, but the 3 1/4-inch brim provides the sun protection you need when on the course. The versatile natural color is a perfect match for a pared-down golf day ensemble — think Oakley sunglasses and your favorite pair of Nike golf shoes. If this hat style really speaks to you, don't miss out on our collection of the latest mens raffia hats.
7. Willow Soaker Hat
Protect your peepers before hitting the links with Club by Scala, a UPF50+ soaker hat with a 3-inch wide brim. Along with snapback hats and bucket hats, safari hats have become an increasingly familiar sight on the course thanks to their appealing form and easy function. Made with a breathable mesh crown and equipped with an elasticized sweatband, this laidback lid will keep your head comfortable even when tempers flare on a quadruple bogey.
Hole In One
Listen, ace. You don't need to be competing in the NCAA Golf Championships to sport a winning look. With the right golf hat, you'll get rave reviews regardless of your par score.
Whether you prefer to keep things classic with an iconic golf cap or like to mix things up with a stylish safari hat or trendy bucket hat, the key is to find something that offers protection from the sun, keeps you comfortable, and complements your own personal style. For more ideas, browse our full selection of golf caps and sun protection hats.
Of course, all that wear and tear is bound to get your headgear a little sweaty and stained. Don't miss our top tips for cleaning a hat so you can keep it looking and feeling fresh no matter how many rounds of golf you play.