A beanie hat is for life, not just for Christmas, so make sure you invest in the best this winter!
For us northern Europeans, the beanie hat is more than one of the many useful golf accessories to be found in the depths of our golf bags – it’s a way of life. I live in mine for six months of the year…I’m wearing it now!
And for those of us who do semi-enjoy hacking our way around frost-tipped winter tracks, the golf beanie is right at the top of the pre-round checklist as keeping your head warm is imperative for maintaining body temperature, allowing you to stay focussed on your game.
Best At A Glance
Unfortunately, a golf beanie can only do so much when it comes to warmth and weather protection. For optimal on-course comfort, make sure you check out our guides to the best golf base layers, thermal jackets, and winter mitts.
So, instead of moaning about it being too cold to play as you knife a chip across the dancefloor, why not lose the attitude for some serious ‘hat-itude’, and style it out in one of the many beanies available from some of the leading brands in the game. The only question you need to ask yourself is, ‘To pom or not to pom?’
Let’s check out the best golf beanie hats in 2023.
Best Golf Beanie Hats
Channel the power of the pom in this novelty print beanie.
Best overall pom beanie
The beanie is soft, comfortable, and most importantly does an excellent job of retaining heat. Its acrylic construction is durable and allows it to be machine washable.
- Soft, lightweight fabric
- Machine washable
- Fun, novelty print design
- Not as tech-packed as some
|Colors||Grey or Blue|
A timeless beanie hat paying homage to golf's oldest Major.
Best Major-themed beanie
The beanie is soft to the touch, lightweight, and offers protection against strong wind for warmth and comfort. Its PFC-free finish actively repels water and thermoregulates to climatic changes to release excess heat for breathability.
Read our best Open Championship product guide.
- Water-repellent finish
- Thinsulate thermal brushed fleece lining
- Iconic 'Claret Jug' logo
- Hand-washable only
|Colors||Navy, Grey, or Blue|
A stylish and novel beanie that can be worn any way you want.
Best removeable pom beanie
However, we appreciate the innovativeness of the removable pom which means you can switch up your look mid-round if you need to change your luck.
- Stylish rolled cuff
- Removable pom
- Good choice of colors
- Thermal qualities are not as great as some
|Colors||Black, Blue, Navy, Red (all with white cuff)|
A big-hitting beanie for the coldest rounds.
Best for insulation
As far as beanies go, this one is our top pick when it comes to heat retention, featuring a fleece-lined ear band for added warmth and comfort. The pom is the icing on the cake of this beanie, produced by one of the most iconic apparel brands in the game.
Complete the look with a pair of the best FootJoy golf shoes.
- Fleece lined ear band
- Excellent heat retention qualities
- Good choice of neutral colors
- FJ branding front and center is fairly loud
|Colors||Black, Navy, Grey|
Turn up the volume in this multi-colored high-tech beanie.
Best beanie for style
The beanie is designed for performance, as well as style, featuring SensorWarm thermal technology which is both wind and water-resistant. The hat is bound to be an excellent addition to any golfing wardrobe, providing warmth, comfort, and style.
- SensorWarm technology
- Fleece lined comfort
- Great design and colors
- Difficult to find in the US
|Colors||Navy, Red, or Black (with bold-color detail)|
Comfort and simplicity collide in this timeless beanie.
Best overall non-pom beanie
The cuff knit construction delivers maximum comfort and warmth, allowing you to stay focused on your swing. If you're looking for a pomless and highly versatile beanie then this Titleist offer should definitely be on your shortlist.
- Understated and versatile design
- Excellent heat retention
- Soft and comfortable fit
|Colors||Black, Navy, Grey, White|
A reversible beanie to keep you warm and fresh in equal measure.
Best reversible beanie
The lightweight design is perfect for those early morning or evening rounds when it's slightly too cool for just a cap, but mild enough to not require anything more substantial. If you can live without the pom, then this is a beanie that you should get plenty of wear from.
- Reversable construction
- Breathable fabric
- Highly durable
- Not the most exciting design
|Colors||Black or Grey|
A classic, chunky beanie with a modern urban edge.
Best for comfort
The beanie has a knit construction and features a woven patch adidas label at the front, providing a modern look, particularly in the dark neutral colorways. This is a beanie you will be equally happy wearing off the course for any outdoor activity.
- Wool-blended comfortable fit
- Versatile off-field use
- Modern, urban styling
- Some may prefer a more classic golf look
|Materials||Recycled Polyester & Wool|
|Colors||Black or Olive|
A functional golf beanie in a great range of color choices.
Best beanie for color choice
The hat provides excellent thermal qualities thanks to GG's INSULA technology, and is highly functional for active wear, being durable, breathable, and quick-drying.
Galvin Green consistently crop up in our best guides when it comes to performance golf clothing and if you're looking for more winter inspiration, check out GG's offerings in our best golf jackets or best golf gilets.
- Soft, stretchy comfort
- Quick dry and breathable
- Bluesigned approved fabrics
- Plain design but has lots of color options
|Materials||90% Polyester, 10% Elastane|
A stylish pom beanie locking in warmth and comfort on chilly days.
Best women's beanie
We love the detail of the knit work, adding an attractive layer of sophistication to the beanie which has been finished with an equally classic and understated PUMA patch on the top of the rolled cuff.
- Fleece-lined for warmth and comfort
- Versatile and elegant styling
- Machine washable
- Limited color options
|Colors||Navy or Green|
Stay warm while showing your Ryder Cup allegiance.
Best Team USA beanie
Not all states have the luxury of year-round heat, so this offering is the perfect winter solution to keep you warm and focused for those chilly spring mornings or rounds in the Fall when the light is fading.
For more Ryder Cup merch check out our best Ryder Cup products guide.
- Option to remove the pom
- Great thermal properties
- Fun, patriotic design
- 2023 was a losing year for Team USA
|Colors||Blue & Grey|
Golf Beanie Hats: Buying Guide
What do you need to know when buying a new beanie? Not a huge amount more than is it warm, comfortable, and versatile enough to be worn out in public without damaging your reputation. If you were going to ask yourself a few pre-purchase questions, however, here is what’s worth considering:
Without a doubt, the most important factor to consider. The materials used in the construction of beanie hats will determine the level of warmth, durability, washability, breathability, affordability, and every other ‘ability’.
Synthetic – The vast majority of golf beanies are made from acrylic materials that are a less expensive alternative to wool and are also hard-wearing, and easy to clean. Fleece is also a synthetic material commonly used in golf beanies, renowned for its softness and breathability.
Natural – Wool is a natural fiber with an unmatched ability to retain heat but usually requires special laundering. Cotton is another natural fiber that is machine washable and offers more durability and affordability than wool.
With rounds lasting more than four hours, the last thing you want is an itchy, ill-fitting hat that’s uncomfortable and distracting. We suggest trying on a variety of makes and materials so you can establish what you like and rule out what you don’t. Also, be sure to flick through any customer reviews you can find in case you can get a steer for how the beanie performs in the comfort department.
With the aim of the game being to retain heat, beanie hats are prone to a build-up of sweat, and therefore it’s best to make sure you can throw your beanie in the wash with the rest of your golfing wardrobe. Be warned that beanies made from wool are unlikely to be suitable for washing machines.
Perhaps overlooked but it’s highly likely that the golf course isn’t your only exposure to cold weather across the year. Therefore why not consider a beanie that will also pair well with your off-course wardrobe? There are lots of more classic, understated designs available so you don’t need to walk around town with golf manufacturer’s names and logos blazoned across your forehead.
Beanie hats are great fun when it comes to styling, allowing you to be as flamboyant as you wish. There are a myriad of options available from the biggest brands in the game allowing you to choose the colors and styling that match your on-course personality. To pom or not to pom? – the choice is yours!
Golf Beanie Hats: FAQs
Can you wear a beanie hat while golfing?
Absolutely. For golfers who don’t have the luxury of playing 12 months of the year in hot climates, a beanie hat is an essential part of their winter golfing wardrobe. A beanie hat is one of the best ways of maintaining body temperature on chilly days and if combined with other winter-appropriate garments will enable golfers to remain focussed and enjoy their round.
What material should golf beanie hats be made from?
This comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for a beanie hat that is easy to clean, durable, and towards the lower end of the price range, then you will likely be opting for a blend of synthetic materials or perhaps cotton. Beanies made from natural fibers such as wool perform best at retaining heat but are not as convenient to wash and are generally priced higher.
Can golf beanie hats be worn in the rain?
Golf beanie hats can be worn in the rain, although, they will quickly become saturated in heavy downpours. They can provide adequate protection in light drizzle, but when the heavens open, you should reach for the brolly, and if you don’t have one, check out our guide to the best golf umbrellas for some inspiration.
Which brand makes the best golf beanie hats?
Several of golf’s biggest brands including Titleist, FootJoy, TaylorMade, Ping, and many more offer excellent options in the beanie hat department. There isn’t one particular brand that stands out above the rest so your decision should be based on your preferred materials and styling.
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About the author
Golf Equipment Writer
Ross Tugwood is a golf equipment writer for todays-golfer.com, specializing in data, analytics, science, and innovation. He’s also an expert in golf apparel and has a keen interest in sustainability.
Ross is passionate about optimizing sports performance and has a decade of experience working with professional athletes and coaches for British Athletics, the UK Sports Institute, and Team GB.
Ross uses a Cobra King SZ Speedzone driver, Titleist TSi2 3-Wood, TaylorMade Sim2 Rescue, Callaway Apex Pro irons (4-PW), Cleveland 588 RTX wedges (52°, 58°), TaylorMade Spider Ex putter, and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.