Best Golf Beanies 2023

We pick out some of our favorite golf beanies to keep you warm when the temperatures plummet

Best Golf Beanies
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Best Golf Beanies

There are many who believe that the part of the body that loses the most heat is the head. Scientifically speaking, it is debatable whether this is factually correct, but what cannot be denied is that the best golf hats out there, especially beanies, can help you retain body warmth. 

Beanies, much like some of the best golf waterproofs, help to create a sense of security, warmth, and elemental protection. A good beanie takes your mind off the cold and helps you focus on your golf game. To put it simply, every single golfer should have a beanie hat ready to use when the weather turns nasty.

In this piece, we take a look at some of the best golf beanies on the market, with there also being plenty of options available in our best golf caps and best golf wind jackets guides.

Best Golf Beanies

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How we test golf beanies

When it comes to golf apparel, we take the testing process very seriously. Whether we are sent a product or buy it ourselves, we put everything through its paces to ensure we can provide thorough and reliable advice on each product. Our writer, Sam Tremlett, heads up the apparel sections of our website, while every member of the Golf Monthly team is an avid golfer and as such, knows what does and doesn't make for a good piece of golf equipment.

As far as our methodology goes, we review all golf beanies properly, which means we have used each one across multiple rounds and in practice to assess every aspect of its performance. For example, if a beanie hat claims to be the best insulating golf beanie, we will put that claim to the test to see whether the beanie does keep you warm in the coldest of conditions. 

Specifically, for golf beanies, we test each one to assess how its design features can benefit you on the course. This comprehensive testing style is not just exclusive to beanies as we test with the same level of thoroughness across all gear categories. It is important to also note that all our products are rigorously tested and that no manufacturer can buy a good review. 

What to consider when buying a golf beanie

So, still wondering which golf beanie is right for you? Well, while you might think a golf beanie is a pretty simple piece of clothing, in fact, there are many different styles and types of beanie on the market. And with manufacturers pouring all sorts of technology into each golf beanie, that means there are many different factors to consider when purchasing a new golf beanie. For that reason, we've set out five points below that you should bear in mind when buying your next golf beanie. 


What kind of beanie hat do you want? Do you want one with a bobble or one with a turned-up design? Or just a classic beanie style? Have a think about this and choose accordingly because your style always plays a big factor in how well you perform on the course.


Next, it is important to know what kind of material you want the hat to be made of. Manufacturers use lots of fabrics and materials these days, including polyester, cotton and even spandex! Each can offer different levels of warmth and comfort, depending on what kind of climate you're playing in. For that reason, it's definitely worth knowing what type of beanie you find the most comfortable on your head and then picking a model made from that material. 


The whole point of a beanie hat is to protect you from the elements and keep your head warm, so if you currently have a model that you know isn't performing as well as it should, then an upgrade is definitely needed. We all know how important a good hat is in the cold and wind to both keep you warm and focused on your game, so it makes sense to invest in a beanie designed to deal with both.  


Comfort is also an important consideration because if a beanie is uncomfortable and distracting, how can you expect to shoot your best score? Therefore, it is worth trying on a variety of models to see how they fit on your head and how they feel when imitating a golf swing. 


No longer do golf hats have to be boring and drab designs these days. As the models above show, you can get lots of different colors and designs, so it is purely a case of picking something you like. 

While its wise to carry a beanie with you in your bag in case the weather turns for the worse, we'd also recommend having a couple of other golf hats in your wardrobe to help protect you from the elements. 

For example, if you regularly play in hot conditions, then you should consider picking up a golf baseball cap to help protect you from the sun's glare. On the other hand, you might also want to pick up a golf bucket hat to protect you from any unexpected downpours or when the sun might be a little too much on the course.


What material should a golf beanie be made from?

Usually, you will find an acrylic - synthetic fiber or cotton in a beanie, as it easier to clean, holds heat in well and provides a comfortable fit for all head sizes.

What is a golf beanie?

A golf beanie is a type of hat that usually sits over your ears to help protect you from the wind and cold. They are used most often during the cold, winter months as a way of trapping heat in. Some beanies have a classic shape but some also come with bobbles and upturned cuffs. 

Can you wear a beanie to a golf course?

Yes and we actively encourage doing this when the weather is cold and windy. A golf beanie is an excellent way of keeping yourself warm when the weather takes a turn and no other style of hat is as good as a beanie at dealing with the cold. 

Can golf beanies be worn in the rain?

Depending on the material, yes, golf beanie hats can be worn in the rain. Some beanies are made from water-repelling materials that can keep your head dry in light rain. Ultimately though, as beanies are made from thick soluble materials, they can get saturated pretty quickly, so it may be better to wear a bucket hat, or even shelter yourself with an umbrella when the rains come.



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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22