Best Golf Shorts 2024

The ‘shortlist of shorts’ is out! Today’s Golfer has selected the best golf shorts to make those sunny rounds even better!

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Calf muscles across the land will be twitching with excitement, their chance to shine is just around the corner, as the dependable golf trousers hit the back of the wardrobe to make way for the Bermuda shorts!

Nothing says “I’m going low today” more than rocking up to the first tee with the sunglasses down and legs out. “Life is breezy, golf is easy”, you tell yourself before slicing it out of bounds. However, the usual wave of frustration fails to materialize. It must be those shorts cooling you down. All good rounds start with a double bogey, right?

Best golf shorts: Editor’s Choice

Best for classic golf style: Nike Dri-Fit Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Best golf shorts: Our top picks

Best for ventilation: J Lindeberg Vent Slim Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Best for competitive edge: Adidas Ultimate 365 Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Best for all-round performance with style: Ping Pendle Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Best for versatile style: Ralph Lauren RLX Tailored Featherweight Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Best for women’s all-round performance: Puma Women’s Bermuda Golf Shorts | Buy Now – US | Buy Now – UK

Whether you play regularly in sunny climes, or only for a few months of the year, playing in the heat is made a good deal easier by playing in shorts. There is nothing worse than overheating and feeling uncomfortable as you prepare to hit your ball. Golf clothing should be a non-invasive extension of your body, and definitely not a hindrance to your game.

A quality pair of golf shorts will not only look the part, but will have in-built performance benefits such as moisture-wicking capabilities, stretchability, and functionality, in the same way as the best polo shirts. All the major brands are innovating to create golf shorts that fulfill these performance demands whilst also appealing to varying styles and fitting preferences.

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy wore shorts at a recent charity golf event.

So, if your legs are in the market for a pair of the best golf shorts in 2024, read on…

Best Golf Shorts 2024: Men

A performance-packed pair of shorts made to move

Editor's Choice: Best for classic golf style
Price: £54.95 / $68.00 RRP
"Made to Move," says Nike about their Dri-Fit shorts designed to help you move restriction free out on the course. The shorts are available in a range of eight vibrant and neutral colors and are packed with the performance benefits you would expect from the World's most iconic sports brand.

The shorts have been constructed with Nike's moisture-wicking Dri-Fit technology that graces many other products in their golf range, including jackets and trousers to help keep you cool and dry. There is a V notch in the back of the waistband to provide extra give, and we really appreciate the slightly tacky texture of the inner waistband to help hold your polo shirt in place.

Pros

  • Moisture-wicking technology
  • Textured inner waistband for a secure polo shirt fit
  • Decent level of stretch

Cons

  • Front pockets are quite shallow
Sizes 28-42
Colors 8
Material 89-90% Polyester, 10-11% Spandex
Pockets Front and back

A best-selling, breathable pair of premium shorts

Best for premium quality with breathability
Price: £99.00 / $119.00 RRP
The Paul shorts are Galvin Green's best-selling golf shorts, incorporating the brand's patented Ventil8 Plus technology, making them highly breathable when the heat rises.

The fabric is lightweight, quick-drying, and has a UV protection factor of 20+ for added protection on the hottest days. Further features worth noting are the 'shirt gripper' waistband, and built-in mechanical stretch to keep you swinging without resistance. Also, being Bluesign approved, means the shorts have met the industry's highest environmental standards in the production process.

Pros

  • Ventil8 Plus breathable technology
  • Built-in sun protection
  • Bluesign approved material

Cons

  • Some may find them tight around the thighs
Sizes 30-42
Colors 7
Material 100% Polyester
Pockets Front and back

Lightweight performance from a reliable golf brand

Best for lightweight performance
Price: $85.00
Footjoy has packed its renowned technical expertise into this pair of lightweight shorts, available in nine colorways and sizes ranging from 30 to 42 inches.

The 4-way stretch fabric used to construct these shorts offers extreme comfort and allows for a full range of motion throughout your swing. This flexibility is enhanced via the stretch waistband with a built-in gripper that delivers further mobility and keeps your polo tucked in securely. As with other FootJoy garments, the fabric here is resistant to wrinkling and shrinkage.

Pros

  • Great lightweight option for the summer
  • 4-way stretch fabric
  • Good range of colors on offer

Cons

  • Welted rear pockets are not too practical
Sizes 30-42
Colors 9
Material 85% Polyester, 15% Spandex
Pockets Side entry pockets and single welted rear pockets

Premium golf shorts with exceptional ventilation

Best for ventilation
Price: £90.00 / $125.00 RRP
Another hugely worthy offering from the Scandinavian masters of style who are also setting standards when it comes to sustainable production. These Vent Slim shorts are constructed from Bluesign-approved fabrics and are PFC-free.

Coming in a range of seven vibrant colors, J Lindberg has created this knee-length version of the ever-popular Vent golf trouser. The shorts are designed for optimal air permeability and freedom of movement, helping you to stay cool and comfortable as the course warms up. If you are happy to invest at a premium price point, then J Lindeberg's offerings in this area are well worth considering.

Pros

  • Made in a High Vent fabric for increased ventilation
  • Moisture-wicking and quick drying
  • Bluesign approved material

Cons

  • Not the warmest on cooler days
Sizes 29-40
Colors 7
Material 96% Polyester, 4% Spandex
Pockets Side pockets and buttoned-back welt pockets

Stretchy, water-repellent shorts made with recycled materials

Best for competitive edge
Price: $64.99
Alternative Retailers
DICK'S Sporting Goods
$70.00
adidas
$70.00
PGA TOUR Superstore
$70.00
Golf Galaxy
$70.00
Adidas is another company moving in the right direction when it comes to sustainability and the 365 shorts are one of a rapidly growing number made with recycled materials, demonstrating their commitment to helping end plastic waste.

They are also highly practical, not least because the shorts have been finished with a durable PFC-free water repellent, but also because they are lightweight, breathable, and constructed with a 4-way stretch fabric that moves as you swing. Price-wise they are also pretty competitive and combined with a good range of color options, the German sportswear giants look like they have got it just right again. 

Pros

  • Good stretch and breathability
  • Water-repellent finish
  • Made in part with recycled materials

Cons

  • Material is on the thin side
Sizes 28-44
Colors 7
Material 88% Recycled Polyester, 12% Elastane Plain Weave
Pockets Front and back

A premium quality pair of shorts that perform on and off the course

Best for premium quality with color choice
Price: £85.00 / $100.00 RRP
This pair of Salam Performance shorts are smart and versatile, and have the quality look and feel that those who have purchased from Peter Millar before are well accustomed to. They could easily be worn off the golf course, be it out to lunch, or socializing with friends, and look every part the smart-casual shorts they are.

Crafted from woven twill, these shorts provide sufficient maneuverability as you swing through the two-way mechanical stretch in the fabric. The Salem has moisture-wicking capabilities and are quick-drying in case you get caught short in a passing shower. If you can justify the higher-than-average price point, then the Salem is a first-class choice for the summer.

Pros

  • Premium quality
  • Highly versatile and smart
  • Moisture-wicking

Cons

  • Some may seek more performance features
Sizes 30-44
Colors 18
Material 100% Polyester
Pockets Side-seam pockets and back button-through welt pockets

Unrestricted movement with a water-repellent finish

Best for repelling water
Price: £44.99 / $70.00 RRP
Another excellent all-rounder from Under Armour sits in the mid-price range for golf shorts, presenting a neat and tidy image on the course with the cleanliness of its flat-front styling.

The shorts have been engineered with Under Aromour's Storm technology which aims to repel water without sacrificing your breathability. If unrestricted movement is important to you on the course then the 4-way stretch material and rubberized inner waistband will be of appeal here. The fabric is moisture-wicking too!

Pros

  • Excellent range of motion
  • Water-repellent finish
  • Good choice of colors

Cons

  • Rear pockets are not the most practical
Sizes 30-44
Colors 9
Material 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane
Pockets Front and back

Premium performance with a tailored slim-fit design

Best for tailored fit
Price: £50.00 / $54.00 RRP
Castore's essential slim-fit shorts have been designed with maximum comfort and performance optimization in mind, and we think they have delivered on this aim.

You get all the considerable benefits of wearing a nylon-based product with this pair of golf shorts, constructed from a stretchy fabric that offers superior comfort and freedom of movement. We particularly appreciated the lightweight, temperature-regulating material that will ensure you stay cool on the hottest of days. If a tailored slim-fit style is what you are looking for then this pair of shorts won't fail to please.

Pros

  • Lightweight and temperature-regulating
  • Good level of stretch
  • Quality tailored styling

Cons

  • Limited range of color options
Sizes 30-38
Colors Navy, Black, Grey
Material 86% Polyamide, 14% Elastane
Pockets Front and single rear

Fantastic looking shorts with great functionality performance

Best for all-round performance and style
Price: £70.00 / $130.00 RRP
As you might expect from a company with Ping’s golfing know-how, the Pendle is certain to be a range of shorts with massive appeal, packed with performance-enhancing technology, and sporting a classy check print.

Engineered with Ping's SensorCool technology, the Pendle shorts wick away moisture to keep you cool throughout your round and have been constructed with a 4-way stretch fabric to provide you with optimal mobility. We loved the gripper tape on the inside back pocket, designed to keep your glove or scorecard secure, this level of attention to detail goes a long way. Highly breathable and quick drying to boot, these shorts have it all.

Pros

  • Built with Ping's SensorCool technology
  • Useful rear pocket gripper
  • Check print offers understated character

Cons

  • Not as many color options as some others
Sizes 30-42
Colors 7
Material 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane
Pockets Front and back (with inside gripper)

Style and performance combine to deliver on and off the course

Best for versatile style
Price: £139.00 / $115.00 RRP
Oozing quality and style, Ralph Lauren has delivered a fantastically versatile and high-performing pair of shorts that you will want to reach for whether you are heading to the course or not.

In addition to their water-repellent properties, these shorts are constructed from a featherlight stretch fabric, providing you with ultimate comfort and maneuverability throughout your round. The tailored fit is slightly on the slim side, helping to carve a more athletic look, and the diamond-print signature detailing really makes a statement. A premium pair of shorts, perfect for heading out to town straight from the course.

Pros

  • Ultra-light with great mobility
  • Water-repellent properties
  • Quality-tailored look with signature prints

Cons

  • Slightly limited range of designs
Sizes 28-4
Colors 4 print designs (featherlight model)
Material 86% Polyester, 14% Elastane
Pockets Front and back-buttoned pockets with right hip coin pocket

Best Golf Shorts 2024: Women

A highly functional pair of shorts in a timeless design

Best for women's functionality
Price: £109.95 / $139.95 RRP
Golfino manufactures all its garments in the EU, a statement that speaks to the high production and welfare standards that Golfino value and promotes across its product range.

These Bermuda Stretch shorts, in a timeless 5-pocket design offer softness, comfort, and freedom of movement due to the blend of fabrics used in construction, and have a sun protection factor of 50 to help protect from the damage of UV light. Aside from the ample storage space, a novel addition to these shorts is the ball marker attached to the front belt loop which will always come in handy.

Pros

  • Comfortable and versatile
  • UV protection (factor 50)
  • Highly functional with good storage and a ball marker

Cons

  • Not the best levels of breathability
Sizes 0-14 (2-18 UK)
Colors White, Rose, Green
Material 59% Cotton, 37% Polyamide, 4% Elastane
Pockets Front and back (5-pocket style)

Flattering, full of stretch, moisture-wicking, and sustainable

Best for women's mobility
Price: £45.00 / $74.00 RRP
Callaway really has emptied their toolbox when designing this pair of golf shorts that they claim will deliver "on-course comfort and style with every swing". This a bold statement, but when you consider the amount of technology packed into these shorts, it's hard to disagree.

Stretch in the fabric allows a full range of motion, while a TrueSculpt panel helps create a smooth and flattering silhouette. The shorts are further engineered with Opti-Dry moisture-wicking technology to pull away sweat and keep you cool as you play. Furthermore, this is an eco-friendly offering with many of the fibres used in construction coming from sustainable wood and pulp.

Pros

  • Excellent stretch for full mobility
  • Flattering fit
  • Moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool

Cons

  • Some may prefer a loser fit
Sizes 0-16 (2-20 UK)
Colors White, Navy, Black, Coral
Material 75% Ecovero Tm Viscose, 22% Nylon, 3% Elastane
Pockets Front and discreet back pockets

Shorts built for performance in a multitude of colors

Best for women's all-round performance

Rrp: $65.00

Price: $26.97
Alternative Retailers
Golf Galaxy
$26.97
PGA TOUR Superstore
$31.97
Walmart
$50.06
Puma has created their Bermuda shorts with golf performance at the forefront of the design process, and come in a multitude of colorways, meaning you will be hard-placed not to find at least a couple of pairs you like.

The fabric is lightweight and stretchy and has been constructed with Puma's dryCell technology to wick away sweat and unwanted moisture, allowing you to focus purely on your game. The waistband is half-elasticated providing you with unrestricted mobility throughout your swing. The shorts have a clean finish with curved leg openings which adds an appreciated touch of detail.

Pros

  • Good level of stretch and mobility
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Excellent range of color options

Cons

  • Pockets could be improved
Sizes 0-16 (0-20 UK)
Colors 15
Material 100% Polyester
Pockets Front and back

High-performance shorts built for the wild and adventurous

Best for women's active-style
Price: £85.00 / $108.00 RRP
If your golf isn't doing the talking, then at least your shorts will, with these bold and brilliant pull-on golf shorts from Lilly Pulitzer. Don't be fooled by the vibrant personality on show here, these are serious performance shorts.

The performance twill the shorts are engineered with stretches as you rotate through your swing, and also provides UPV 50+ sun protection and moisture-wicking capabilities. Golf aside, these shorts will look and perform outstandingly during any activity, giving you even more value for money. If there is a bit of a maverick in you then we think you should take a risk and light up those fairways.

Pros

  • Highly stretchable
  • Built-in sun protection with moisture-wicking properties
  • Exciting and fun summer styling

Cons

  • The vibrant colors may be too bold for some
Sizes 0-16 (2-20 UK)
Colors 5 bright and bold prints
Material 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex
Pockets Front and back

A highly functional and traditionally styled golf short

Best for women's traditional style
Price: £60.00 / $75.00 RRP
If you are on the lookout for a functional pair of golf shorts, then there is no real need to search beyond this Cleek Stretch pair from Abacus as all the main requirements are covered.

The elastic fabric these shorts are constructed with permit a full range of motion and provide the comfort required when out on the course for several hours. Perspiration is wicked away from the body to the fabric's outer surface so it can be evaporated, leaving you cool and dry. If you are happy with the selection of neutral colors on offer here then these shorts from Abacus are a solid choice.

Pros

  • Breathable and moisture-wicking
  • Sufficient stretch for unrestricted swinging
  • Good storage with front and rear pockets

Cons

  • Only available in three colors
Sizes 4-16 (6-18 UK)
Colors Black, Navy, White
Material 100% Polyester
Pockets Front and back

Best Golf Shorts: Buying Guide

Whether you are off on your annual golfing trip, playing regularly in a hot climate, or simply praying for a couple of sunny rounds, a quality pair of golf shorts is surely a staple in any golfer’s wardrobe. Providing opt for a pair specifically designed with golf in mind, then you shouldn’t go too far wrong. That being said, the golf shorts marketplace is full of different designs and performance characteristics, which is why we have highlighted some key considerations to help you make the most informed choice.

Comfort

Perhaps the most integral thing to consider, especially since you will likely be wearing them for at least half the day by the time you’ve finished your round, and then spent a couple of hours at the 19th. Consider the level of stretch you require as certain fabrics will be better at providing higher levels of flexibility. Conversely, other materials such as cotton will provide you with a softer feel, but may not have the same performance features. As always, if you have the option to try on a pair or two first, then we suggest doing just that.

Breathability

This may not be the first thing that springs to mind, as a pair of shorts already cuts off 50% of the material you are used to wearing. In very warm weather, however, your body will be working hard to cool you down, and therefore ensuring your shorts have sufficient ventilation to let the heat escape is important. On top of this, keep an eye out for moisture-wicking capabilities as this technology will help your legs stay dry whether you are sweating, or get caught out in a shower.

Versatility

This is something we highly recommend considering with golf shorts, or any other garment for that matter. Money is hard earnt, and golf apparel can often come at a premium price, which is why we suggest asking yourself if you would wear the shorts in other social settings. Due to their smart appearance compared to cargo or gym shorts, for example, we think golf shorts double up really well for going out to dinner or lunch in warmer climates, or for a social function at the weekend where you want to present a bit smarter.

Sizing

It’s worth taking the time to measure your waist (midway between the bottom of your ribs and hips) before making your purchase, or at least checking the size of another pair of shorts or trousers that you know fit comfortably. Also, be aware that the same sizes in different brands may differ somewhat and therefore it is good practice to read the sizing guides and perhaps a couple of reviews to understand if the shorts are true to size or not. If you are between sizes, then sizing up is a sensible option, as you can always tighten up with a belt.

Budget

Finally, consider your budget and the amount of wear you are hoping to get from your new shorts. If you play regularly in shorts then perhaps you are after a more affordable model you can buy in a couple of different colors. Alternatively, if getting your legs out is a rarity then maybe investing in a more premium pair is wise so they will last for several years. Either way, with models at every price point, you will be sure to find a style that gets the job done.

Best Golf Shorts: FAQs

How are golf shorts different from normal shorts?

On first inspection, golf shorts may not appear that much different to a regular pair of shorts. It’s not until you read into the performance benefits of shorts designed specifically for golf that the differences start to materialize. These typically include moisture-wicking capabilities to keep golfers dry and comfortable, elasticated fabrics to provide a level of stretch throughout the swing, and enough pockets for golf accessories.

What material are golf shorts?

Golf shorts are usually constructed from a blend of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, and spandex, due to their need to be both comfortable and flexible. There is no material that is particularly better than any other. This comes down to personal preference and whether you value greater levels of comfort, performance, or a mix of the two.

What is the proper length for golf shorts?

There is no required length when it comes to golf shorts and is therefore a point of personal choice. Typically players will opt for a length an inch or two above the knee. Any longer than this and the shorts may interfere with your swing by impeding your rotation around the knee joint. Cargo, denim, gym, or swimming shorts are not appropriate to wear on most courses.

Can PGA professionals wear shorts?

The PGA Tour requires players to wear full-length pants in all competitive rounds. That policy was watered down somewhat with tour pros being permitted to wear tailored, knee-length shorts in non-competitive rounds. LIV Golf was the first professional golf tour to allow male pros to wear shorts with Lee Westwood being one of the first to take up the offer.

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About the author

Ross Tugwood is a Golf Equipment Writer for Today's Golfer.

Ross Tugwood
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.

He has post-graduate degrees in Performance Analysis and Sports Journalism, enabling him to critically analyze and review the latest golf equipment and technology to help you make better-informed buying decisions.

Ross lives in Snowdonia National Park with his wife and 40 kg Bernese Mountain dog! He is a member of Porthmadog Golf Club with a handicap index of 14.1.

Away from golf, Ross enjoys hiking, trail running, and supporting the mighty Bristol Bears.

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°), Odyssey White Hot Pro-1 putter, and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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