Best Golf Drinks Bottles And Mugs
When out on the golf course, it’s important that you stay hydrated and energized. Taking sufficient liquids with you is therefore essential and that means you need to have a good bottle or mug handy. With dehydration being one of the main causes of poor performance on the golf course, a good water bottle can be one of the most important and best golf accessories to put into your bag. Getting the best golf drinks bottle could help you to stay hydrated, fresh and on top of your game.
Drinks bottles come in all shapes and sizes, as do mugs, so there is plenty to look out for if you're considering buying a new vessel for yourself or as a gift for someone else. We've listed below a selection of some of the best golf drinks bottles and mugs available right now. Alternatively, if you're after something a little stronger, take a look at some of the best golf hip flasks and best golf drinks coolers too.
Best Golf Drinks Bottles And Mugs
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Best Golf Bottles
+ Versatile sports water bottle
+ Secure cap
- Not the most liquid
Nike is one of the most reliable sports brands in the world and this stylish bottle tops this list as one of the best currently on the market. It carries 900ml water, which is more than enough to get you through approximately 12 to 13 holes of golf.
Along with that, it comes with a reliable and secure twist-off cap which, if secured properly, won't undo in your bag. It also comes with a neat handle which can be attached to a clip on the outside of your bag for quick access. It is one of the coolest-looking bottles on this list and if you like the brand see our guide on the best Nike golf shoes too.
+ Keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold
+ Lots of designs to choose from
- A bit on the pricey side
The Hydro Flask Lightweight drinks bottle is one of the best on the market right now. It will keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours, and chilled drinks cold for 24 hours, there are few thermos available just now with similar insulating qualities and such a low weight.
It comes with a flexible carrying handle and an extra-wide mouth which makes it much easier to drink from. For those carrying their clubs, this lightweight offering is a great option. Combine it with one of the best lightweight golf bags for a lightweight and versatile set-up.
+ Good insulation
- Only carries one pint of liquid
This stainless steel and polyester drinks bottle has a screw top and excellent insulation that will keep liquid cool or hot for your entire round. It’s lightweight and will fit into any golf bag drinks holder. It only holds one pint of liquid so might not be enough on the very hottest days, but it’s ideal for most of the season.
It’s a good-looking drinks bottle with a TaylorMade logo on the side and a silver and black finish. Also if you are a fan of the brand be sure to have a read of our TaylorMade gear guides - such as the best TaylorMade drivers, or best TaylorMade irons.
+ Large bottle
+ Iconic Gatorade design
- Not that golf related
If you want a larger bottle for the golf course then this model from Gatorade is ideal. You can get it in a variety of colors and it holds around 32 ounces of liquid.
Importantly it has insulated dual layer walls to help keep your cold drinks cold, whilst it also has a nifty Hydro-View strip so you can see how much is left in the bottle. It may not be a golf specific bottle, but Gatorade is an iconic brand in sport whilst the bottle should easily fit in most golf bag drinks holders as well.
+ Good insulation
+ Quality manufacturing
- Design not for everyone
This drinks holder acts either as a thermos or as a cooler. It will keep liquid hot above 45℃ for 10 hours and will keep drinks cool for an impressive amount of time too. That’s down to the two layers – the inner being stainless steel and the outer being the insulation layer with a vacuum between them.
There’s a leakproof bottle cap and straw design and it also comes with a cup. The bottle contains 600ml of liquid and is ideal for golf as well as other activities like hiking, camping or even when driving.
+ Good value
- No thermal qualities
The Camelbak Podium is a classic drinks bottle. A favorite with cyclists, it’s also perfect for drinks on the golf course. The interior of the bottle is treated so that the plastic doesn’t taint the taste. It’s easy to fill with ice and water and it has a self-sealing valve to prevent spills.
It fits perfectly in a golf bag drinks holder and is extremely lightweight. It’s durable, can go through the dishwasher and it comes in myriad color options. Basically, for everyday use, this one is tough to beat.
Best Golf Mugs
+ Great insulation
+ Sturdy grip
- Expensive for a mug
This is one of the most high-tech mugs that money can buy. It’s stainless steel, insulated with a superb big grip so you can get your hand through even wearing gloves or golf mitts. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip and its duracoat cover means it won’t scratch or peel.
It’s one of the most popular mugs on the market for camping but it’s great for golf too. Particularly on those cold days on the course when you need something to warm you up.
+ Amusing design
- Not suitable for travel
There are plenty of great golf-inspired mugs on the market but this is one of our favorites. Not only does it make you chuckle but the artwork is also clear and the colors vibrant.
It’s a basic ceramic mug but it’s dishwasher and microwave friendly and it’s quite simply a solid Durham-style mug… This would be the perfect present for any Al Pacino fan, but why not take a look at our best golf gifts guide for more of the best golf gift ideas on the market.
+ Leakproof lid
- Somewhat overused slogan!
Yes, ok, we’ve all heard this enough times – but slogans aside – this is an excellent travel mug that’s great for golf, driving or just when you’re out and about. Stainless steel and insulated, it holds 400ml of liquid – enough for the most voracious tea drinker.
The leakproof lid is pretty stable and you can swivel it for the drinking holes. It’ll keep liquid hot or cold for a good amount of time and it’s built to last well. A good way to wrap up our rundown of the best golf drinks bottles and mugs.
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What to consider when buying drinks bottles or mugs
Golf mugs and drinks bottles are some of the most important accessories to have in your golf bag. Hydration is key on the course. A dehydrated golfer loses focus, loses power and will generally score higher than one who doesn't stay hydrated. For that reason, you need to have a good golf drinks bottle with you on the course to help ensure you stay well hydrated. Here are three things we recommend looking out for when picking up your next bottle or mug.
Many modern bottles and mugs are insulated and come with a protective metal layer that keeps the liquid inside of them hot or cold, depending on what you're drinking. We've all played golf on a hot day and on a cold day and know how good it can be to glug down an ice-cold bottle of water or sup on a warm cup of coffee. For that reason, we recommend always keeping an eye out to pick up an insulated water bottle.
It's also wise to pick a light bottle. Picking one that's too heavy can unnecessarily weigh your bag down and cause more unwanted strain on your shoulders. For that reason, it makes sense to pick a bottle that is lighter than most and can slot into your bag easily.
The volume of your bottle and mug is critical to the type that you end up buying. If you buy a bottle that is too small in volume, you run the risk of drinking all your water even before you reach the 9th hole. Sometimes it's best to go for the larger option to give you enough water for your entire round.
4. The lid
Whether you're going for a sip-top bottle or a closed cap portable coffee mug, it is important to buy a bottle or mug that has a fastenable and reliable lid that will not leak in your bag.
While drinks bottles and mugs are one of the most important accessories you should carry in your golf bag, you should also take a look at our guides on the best sunscreen for golfers, best golf umbrellas and our guide on the best golf sunglasses.
Do golf courses allow you to take your own drinks on the course?
Yes, most golf courses will allow you to take your own soft drinks onto the course. You will need to check with your club about taking alcoholic drinks onto the course though before you play.
What do pro golfers eat and drink on the course?
Professional golfers have been known to eat and drink a variety of foods during tournaments. A lot of players are regularly seen eating foods like apples and bananas, while nuts and trail mix have always been a favourite among golfers. Energy drinks and isotonic drinks are also a staple among many golfers, while many just drink plain water.
What are the best drinks for golf?
Many would argue that isotonic drinks, like Lucozade and Gatorade, are great for golfers as they help to keep you hydrated. In colder weather, some players like to bring hot chocolate or coffee with them for a warming energy boost on the course. It all depends on what works best for you.
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