Whether there’s a chill in the air or a crunch of frost beneath your feet, playing golf in the winter months can be so rewarding. By preparing a warm outfit and planning ahead with a well-stocked golf bag, a round of golf in December can be just as much fun as a day out on the course in high summer. We‘ve put together some clothing and accessory suggestions that will keep you warm and toasty whilst enjoying a game of golf so that nothing can get in the way of your favourite sport.
The important thing to remember when choosing a winter golf jacket is flexibility, as a restrictive coat can really hinder your swing. Layering is a good way to stay warm without opting for heavier options – consider a thermal base layer such as the fleece lined Nike Pro Therma Leggings and Top combination. Adidas have a brilliant selection of golf jackets that combine quilted bodies with stretch fabric sleeves to ensure you’re warm but fully flexible. Layering your golf jacket with an additional gilet is a great way to maintain your temperature without sacrificing any arm movement and Next have introduced a borg lined, long line gilet which can be pulled in at the bottom to help retain heat – fabulous!
There is nothing worse than being caught in the rain and having to spend the afternoon with very soggy feet. Investing in some waterproof, insulated footwear will keep your feet warm and dry all day long. Inesis have a selection of great waterproof, leather golf shoes that offer additional anti slip protection which can be a great help on wet, frosty grass. M&S have included some water-resistant walking shoes in their winter range that can be a brilliant alternative to a traditional golf shoe – they offer great anti-slip protection, a water-resistant covering and thicker lining for additional warmth. Thick sports socks can add another layer of warmth to your feet; Under Armour HeatGear socks are longer in length to warm your legs and have better cushioning for arch protection and heat retention.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer statement headwear or like to opt for something a little more subtle, a hat is an important accessory when the temperature drops. Sweaty Betty have got you covered with their luxe look, merino wool beanie hat – the tight knit wool will keep your head and ears warm whilst still looking sleek and stylish. For the traditionalists, H&M have a range of chunky knit bobble hats with fun, faux fur pompoms that will keep the chill away! If you’re worried about hat hair then why not consider a woolly headband instead? ASOS have various options that will coordinate with any outfit and will help to keep your ears and head warm without ruining your latest blow dry!
Always Be Prepared
Packing a few essentials for a day out in the cold is always a good idea. A warm cup of soup or a strong caffeine hit can go down a treat and will also help to warm your hands, so investing in a well-insulated travel mug is a great idea! This can be used for all sorts of heart-warming snacks and beverages, and the Nespresso Touch will be a sleek, fashionable addition to your golf bag. You may already be using a golf glove and there are lots of options available, but in wet and cold weather, it’s best to opt for something like FootJoy’s WinterSof, which come in a pair so will also keep your hands warm! Talking of warming up your hands… Another option if you prefer not to wear gloves when playing is hand warmers – HotHands last up to 10 hours so will be perfect for a round of golf and more!
There really is no reason to miss the golf course this winter, just remember to layer up, protect your feet and take a hot drink with you to recharge your batteries. Being outside in nature in the colder months can be so much fun and truly beautiful, especially if you’re lucky enough to experience a flurry of snow, so don’t be afraid to get out there in the elements… we know you won’t regret it!