The complete guide to the best waterproof golf bags available in 2023.
Nearly all of the best golf bags are water resistant, but if you’re after a bag that will keep your things dry no matter what the weather then a fully waterproof bag is a must. If there was a downpour while you were on the golf course, you and your equipment got wet, end of story.
But over the last decade, as lightweight waterproof fabrics have developed, bag makers can protect what’s inside your bag when it’s raining.
Whatever you have in your pockets – expensive phone, GPS device, car keys, cuddly toy – it will be kept dry, thanks to sealed-seam technology and waterproof fabrics, just like a waterproof jacket.
And it doesn’t matter if you prefer to carry or use a trolley, there’s a waterproof golf bag out there for everyone.
Let’s look at the leading models to help you choose the best waterproof golf bag for you.
The best waterproof golf bag shortlist
Best Waterproof Golf Stand Bags
Featuring a unique, innovative integrated stand system to fit perfectly onto any Motocaddy trolley, standout features include a quick-release strap and adjustable rear stand lock, five full-length dividers, and five spacious pockets with easy-open Japanese YKK zips for all your golfing equipment.
A molded hip pad provides ultimate comfort when carrying your clubs around the course, while other key features include a waterproof rain hood, a towel and accessory hook, an internal umbrella sleeve, and an external drinks pouch.
The HydroFlex is proof that Motocaddy don’t just make some of the best golf trolleys, but some of the best golf bags, too.
- Fully waterproof
- Great on a cart with the Easilock base
- Simple design
- Not many color options
|Colors:||Three) black/charcoal/grey. black/charcoal/lime, black/charcoal/red|
The bag has back pads for added comfort and an umbrella holder and towel ring for convenience. The FlexTech stand system has a collapsible base to ensure no club crowding, smooth release, and an anti-split stand.
“Many of us across Europe play golf in inclement weather, which led us to create the FlexTech Waterproof stand bag exclusively for the European market,” said Ben Coe, TaylorMade EMEA Product Manager for Accessories, Golf Ball, Putter & Wedge.
- Easily carries 14 clubs
- Plenty of pocket space on a stand bag
- Subtle design
- Sturdy base
- Straps take some adjusting
- Some colors won't be for everyone
|Colors:||Five) black/white, navy/yellow, black/charcoal, royal/silver, 2021 launch color|
The Monsoon has six pockets, four of which are seam-sealed, to keep all your kit dry, including a full-length apparel space.
The shoulder pads use SensorDry tech, meaning they not only provide comfort but remain dry, and the matching rain hood is designed to provide extra hip padding when not in use.
The five-way divider is reinforced to protect your clubs, and there are spaces for your umbrella and towel.
TG’s digital editor Rob Jerram switched to the Monsoon for 2021 and believes it’s the best and most stable golf stand bag he’s ever used. It includes a one-year warranty.
- Easy to carry
- Plenty of storage
- Comfortable shoulder straps
- Clubs got slightly overcrowded in the bag
|Colors:||Three) azure/scarlet/white, light grey/black, lime|
It is made of ultra-lightweight 50 Denier coated fabric, which provides 50% more waterproofing and makes it 17% lighter than previous models, while the fully seam-sealed design keeps the elements out.
The 14-way top and full-length dividers keep your clubs organized and secure, while Callaway’s self-balancing strap system helps keep the golf bag secure and comfortable as you walk the fairways.
It has seven pockets, including full-length apparel, balls, drinks, and valuables storage, a towel loop, a rangefinder loop, and strap-down umbrella bungee.
The fully-waterproof rain hood ensures this is a year-round model, making the Callaway Fairway Hyper Dry 14 one of the best carry bag options.
- Excellent divider stopes club crowding
- Comfortable straps
- Lightweight and fully waterproof
- The cooler pocket is awkward
|Colors:||Five) black/charcoal/red, black/charcoal/yellow, navy/red/white, red/white/black, white/black/red|
The BR-Dri is watertight thanks to its seamless construction, ensuring your valuable golf gear will stay dry no matter what the weather throws at it.
It has five full-length and well-padded dividers to keep your clubs organized and protected, while the six pockets ensure you can take everything from your waterproofs and valuables to drinks, food, and enough balls to ensure you make it round (even on a really bad day!).
The double shoulder straps offer excellent comfort and are also removable for when you want to use it on a cart, while transportation is also made easy thanks to the cleverly designed balance handle. It includes a matching rain hood and comes with a one-year waterproof warranty.
- Good grab handles
- Plenty of room for all 14 clubs
- Straps could be of better quality
- More storage would be nice
|Colors:||Five) black/lime, navy, staff, black/silver, blue/silver/red|
The flat footless base, leg lock feature, and positioning of the stand mechanism that prevents turning and twisting ensure the Hybrid Tour sits perfectly on a trolley.
And it shines as a stand bag, too. Weighing at just two kilos it is impressively light for such a versatile, water-resistant bag, especially one that has a 14-way divider.
Five water-repellent pockets, including an insulated cooler and one for your valuables, make it ideal for UK golf conditions, as does the included rain cover.
We also love the price and the huge array of color choices. £179 for a bag that can be used year-round in all conditions is an absolute bargain and means it has to be among our best golf bags.
- Lots of storage
- Fully waterproof
- Great on a trolley
- Zips could be of better quality
|Colors:||Seven) silver/blue/merlot, charcoal/black/red, bluestone/black, black, steelblue/black/rust, white/black/orange, white/merlot|
|Dividers:||14 + putter well|
It’s very comfortable to carry thanks to the premium double strap and has an impressive number of pockets for such a sleek and light bag, including an expandable full-length apparel space. Every pocket has seam-sealed zippers to ensure no moisture can get to your gear.
The four dividers are full-length to make organizing your clubs even easier and the high-grade aluminum and advanced hinges Titleist use in the legs make this one of the most stable stand bags out there.
We also love the color options, ensuring there’s something for all tastes, and the price is extremely competitive for a bag of this quality.
- Secure legs improve stability
- High-quality material and zips which secure out of the way
- Simple, Classic design
- Awkward towel holder position, my towel kept getting caught in the legs
|Colors:||Six) black/red, charcoal/white/red, dorado/black/green, graphite/navy/sky, grey/charcoal/black, red/white/navy|
The water-resistant material for each bag is made using approximately 25 600ml recycled plastic bottles, meaning it’s eco-friendly. It’s also incredibly lightweight at just 1.8kg, so, when coupled with Sun Mountain’s brilliant E-Z Lite strap system, means it’s friendly on your back, too.
There’s a four-way top divider to separate your clubs, along with five pockets, including one for valuables, an oversized space for your waterproofs or additional clothing, and a sleeve for drinks.
A stylish and functional bag with an automated stand, the Eco-Lite is a great option for those who like to carry all year round.
- Super lightweight
- Strong stand
- Good pocket size and locations
- Cooler pocket small
|Colors:||Five) black, navy/cobalt, gunmetal/spruce/aztec, rush/green, black/white/red|
Lightweight and waterproof, it had a five-way top for easy access to your clubs and five seam-sealed zip pockets to ensure everything you need to carry around the course is safe from the elements.
The new swivel strap shoulder clip makes the bag more comfortable across 18 holes while an updated leg design and base give the bag a more streamlined design and a lower center of gravity for even more stability.
If you’re looking for a Cobra bag but would prefer a trolley model, the Ultradry Pro Waterproof Cart Bag is available in the same colors for just £10 more.
- Straps are easy to adjust and super comfortable
- Stable base
- Plenty of room for 14 clubs
- Limited color choice
|Colors:||Three) black/yellow, black/white, black/high risk red|
Best looking stand bag
As the name “All Elements” hints the bag features waterproofing throughout and comes with the brand’s WOODĒ organization top system, and gives you no excuses for not keeping your bag in good order. It not only organizes your bag but it also protects your clubs from hitting together and damaging your woods.
A three-sleeve golf ball holder is one of my favorite features, as it looks good and makes it easy to grab a second ball when you have hit your tee shot out of bounds.
- Great for organization
- Hybrid bag perfect to carry and trolley
- 3 Sleeve ball holder
- Bag designs won’t be for everyone
Best Waterproof Golf Cart Bags
A cutting-edge super-lightweight nylon, combined with a superior heat-welded seam-sealing method and a special coating, ensures everything in your bag remains perfectly dry when the heavens open.
The Dri Tech has a 14-way divider top and a dedicated large integrated putter bay, while the seven pockets include two full-length apparel areas, a velour-lined valuables pocket, and an insulated cooler.
It includes an umbrella loop, towel holder, space for your pencil, a rain hood, and a clever anti-wear patch on the back of the bag to help keep it looking as good as new.
It’s a must-buy for PowaKaddy trolley owners with the Key-Lock base ensuring it fits perfectly on your cart.
- Fully waterproof
- Simple design
- Base secures well on a trolley
- Zips can be hard to open
|Colors:||Five) black/yellow, black/blue, black/hot pink, black/silver, titanium/black/silver|
|Dividers:||14 + putter well|
Incorporating durable ‘rip-stop’ nylon fabric, heat-welded seams, and thermo-sealed zips, the 100% waterproof bag adds an easy-lift grab handle and integrated quick-access umbrella sleeve to an extensive list of features, including 14 full-length dividers, Japanese YKK zips for smooth one-handed opening, an anti-twist base, a waterproof rain hood, scorecard holder and a towel and accessory hook.
Owning a Motocaddy trolley and not having one of these to go on it is a bit like buying a car without the seats.
- Secures on to most trolleys
- Fully waterproof
- User-friendly design
- Only comes in grey with colored trims
|Colors:||Four) charcoal/blue, charcoal/red, charcoal/lime, charcoal/fuchsia|
One hundred percent waterproof thanks to sealed seams, plus nine pockets, make this perfect for golfers who insist on packing for every outcome on the course, with an extra large cooler space for drinks and a full-length pocket for your waterproofs. There are also dedicated spaces for batteries and the included rain hood.
The 14-way ‘silent’ divider makes keeping your clubs organized and protected very easy and there’s a dedicated putter well, which is always an attraction for us. The Aqua Prime also includes holders for your umbrella and towel.
- Plenty of storage
- Easy to organize clubs
- Zips can sometimes get stuck
|Colors:||Four: storm silver, storm sky, storm grass, storm sand|
|Dividers:||14 + putter|
It looks great, is fully waterproof with seam-sealed zips, and has 14 full-length dividers along with a dedicated space for your putter, which is always a bonus in our eyes.
There’s loads of storage space thanks to seven pockets, all of which face forwards to ensure easy access whether the bag is on a trolley or buggy.
The drinks pocket is one of the biggest we’ve seen, so while your gear stays dry there’ll be no excuse for you not to be well hydrated, and the wide opening ball pocket makes finding a fresh Pro V1 (other models are available!) easy. A cleverly designed bag with space for an umbrella, a velcro patch for your glove, and a matching rain hood.
Titleist also make a Cart 15 StaDry bag for £270 and a Premium StaDry for £325, while the 4 Plus StaDry stand bag is among our ‘best of the rest’.
- Quality material and zips
- Simple design
- Clubs rattled a little during round
|Colors:||Six) black/red, black/charcoal, black/dorado, navy/red, navy/royal, navy/white/sky|
|Dividers:||14 + putter well|
Best for versatility
The H2NO Staff cart bag is constructed using waterproof fabric with double-sided 2000mm TPU coating, and when partnered with high-quality YKK waterproof zips it is like an impenetrable force.
Keeping all of your gear nice and dry is great but making sure there is room to put it is another thing, the H2NO has nine waterproof pockets which include two full-length pockets and an easy-access rangefinder pocket.
Some room for your clubs may be good too, and thanks to a 14-way full-length top divider there is plenty, even an oversized putter well for those of you that love a jumbo grip.
- Big pockets
- Fully waterproof
- Lightweight material
- Could do with a more convenient grab handle
Best looking cart bag
Being a great all-rounder, the bag features waterproof fabric and seams along with a waterproof valuables pocket to keep the essentials safe from the elements.
The bag has OGIO’s wonderfully designed 15-way WOODĒ top which works great at ensuring all your clubs are separated in the bag protecting them from damage, they’ve even thrown in an extra slot for things such as training aids or alignment sticks.
A pouch for the bag strap is another cool feature and with 11 pockets the bag is super practical with room for everything from your snacks and drinks to your waterproofs.
- Waterproof pockets
- WOODĒ Top great for organization
- Great in all conditions
- Colorways won’t be for all golfers
The oversize 10″ top and 15-way full-length dividers make keeping your clubs organized and secure a doddle, while the putter well is sensibly positioned at the front with integrated handles ensuring the bag is easy to lift on and off your trolley and into the car.
The materials and zips are water resistant meaning none of your belongings within the six spacious pockets will end up drenched if you get caught in a shower. A valuables pocket, cooler pocket, ball pocket, and apparel pocket are among those included and we really like the layout of the bag and the glove-friendly zip pulls, which ensure easy access to everything you need when it’s on your cart or a buggy.
It features all of the extras you’d expect to find on a more premium model, including a towel ring, umbrella and pen holder, and a velcro glove attachment point, with MacGregor’s molded cart bag base providing greater stability on uneven ground. The 15-Series includes a matching rain hood for even better protection in the rain.
- Great value for money
- Easy access pockets
- Not the sturdiest design
Best golf bag for all seasons
This makes the 100% waterproof Aqua Sport 3 a very sensible option. The sealed seams and waterproof zips keep out the rain, and there are plenty of color choices, too.
The super practical Aqua Sport 3 has nine waterproof pockets keeping the elements from damaging your golf gear, and a 14-way top divider keeps all your clubs perfectly organized on the course and even has a cool XL putter well to fit any style of putter and grip.
- Fully waterproof
- Plenty of storage
- Nice big grab handles
- Bulkier golf bag
Best cart bag with a 14-way divider
But there’s more to this bag than the sustainability story. It’s loaded with impressive features and space, with the 14-way top complemented by an extra putter well and two easy-lift handles making it a dream to get it on and off of carts and buggies.
The eight pockets include an insulated cooler pocket, velour-lined valuables pocket, and apparel pockets and there are dedicated areas for your glove, tees, pen, and towel.
This water-resistant fabric and matching rain hood ensure your clubs and belongings won’t get soaked in a downpour, with the highly durable and lightweight material giving this bag long-term durability. We’re big fans of the clever but practical styling and the four bold color options on offer.
- Made from recycled materials
- Tonnes of storage space
- Strong build with quality materials
- Slightly bulky
Golf bags: Buying Guide
There are a range of key factors to consider when thinking about buying a golf bag and we have delved into these below…
It’s as simple as, Do I want a stand bag or a cart bag? if you can’t make your mind up there are also hybrid stand bags that are good for both but for now, let’s keep it simple. Both types of bags have positives and negatives depending on what you want out of them, so you should think about exactly what will best help your game.
A cart bag is for someone that uses either a golf buggy or golf cart on the course. If you’re this golfer then find a bag that has plenty of storage space and is good at keeping your clubs organized as it will make your life much easier. Cart bags are much bigger and bulkier than stand bags so finding one that is lightweight and easy to haul from your garage to the course will benefit you.
A stand bag is for a golfer who prefers to walk around the course carrying their golf clubs. If you’re a golfer that loves to carry then factors such as weight and comfort will be most important as they’re going to be on your back for 18 holes. Even though the bags are smaller finding one with good storage can help as there is not much room in comparison to a cart bag, as you’re constantly taking the bag on and off getting one that is nice and robust with strong legs and good support is key.
As with many golf products, price is usually at the forefront of every golfer’s mind. With golf bags, there is a style, a type, and a price for everyone. If you want a stand bag that is nice and cheap and will job there is plenty out there for you. Or if you want something more premium such as a waterproof cart bag then there are plenty of them too.
Most brands nowadays strive to make the lightest bag on the market whether that be a stand or a cart bag as making life easier is something most golfers want. A lightweight stand bag is great as it’s on your shoulders the whole round and you don’t want it fatiguing you before the 18th hole. A cart bag isn’t required nor expected to be lightweight however the lighter it is the easier it is going to be to shift from home, to the car, to the course.
Having a waterproof golf bag may not be essential but it’s certainly something to consider and being prepared for the heavens to open is a no-brainer. If you live somewhere like I do in the UK then you’ll know that it can be wet all year round and can also rain when you least expect it, so getting a waterproof bag to look after your clubs and valuables is great. For many of you who live in warmer dryer climates this factor may be something you brush over and not worry about.
A bag with tonnes of pockets is great, you have loads of room for your apparel, balls, gloves, valuables, and accessories. On a stand bag, you may have to compromise some weight the more pockets you have on your bag as it will be heavier and you’re carrying around more stuff. But stand bags can be simple and keep things light with only a few pockets its just a case of only packing the essentials for the course.
Cart bags on the other hand tend to have an abundance of storage spaces with bags like the Mizuno BR-D4 having an amazing 20 different places to keep your things. As cart bags are bigger they tend to have larger pockets and as you’re not carrying them around the course you can fill them with more stuff, whether that be a buffet for the 10th tee or a full set of waterproofs.
Whether you want a stand or a cart, there is a design out there for everybody. Brands have bags that are more garish to help you stand out on the course or something a little more subtle to help you blend in. Most bags whether it be a cart or a stand have similar designs, so it may be worth considering the style or colorway you want.
Best waterproof golf bags: FAQs
Is it worth getting a waterproof bag?
Yes, it’s definitely worth considering a waterproof golf bag as it makes sure you’re ready for every eventuality on the course with the weather now being as unpredictable as ever. If you’re caught in a downpour making sure your gear, grips, and valuables are nice and dry.
Do I need a stand bag or a cart bag?
It all comes down to the golfer, if you’re someone who needs the ease of using a trolley then a cart bag would be the preferred choice. However, if you prefer to carry a stand bag is going to be much more suited to your game.
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About the author
Golf Equipment Writer
Will Shreeve-Peacock is a golf equipment writer for todays-golfer.com, specializing in golf shoes, GPS watches, rangefinders, and training aids.
He has a degree in journalism from Sheffield Hallam university and four years of experience working in golf retail with American Golf. Will was part of the sales and fitting team, making him the perfect man to review golf equipment.
Will started playing golf more than a decade ago at Thorney Lakes Golf Club, Cambridgeshire and is now a member at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincolnshire. His handicap index is 5.8, largely thanks to his scratch-standard short game.
Away from golf, Will enjoys going to the gym, cooking, spending time with his friends, and watching his beloved Manchester United.
Will uses a Cobra LTDx driver (10.5º), Cobra LTDx fairway wood (15º), TaylorMade P790 (2-iron), Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (4-PW), Wilson Staff Model Wedges (52°, 58°), TaylorMade White smoke IN-12 Blade putter and the TaylorMade TP5x Golf ball.
When he’s not testing golf shoes, he chooses to wear FootJoy Hyperflex or Under Armour Charged Phantom. He uses a Shotscope Pro L2 rangefinder and his favorite ever training aid is the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer and mat.