Best Golf Sweaters
Golf is an outdoor activity and as a result a good sweater is an absolute must have. We all need something to slip over our golf polo to keep us warm when needed and whether it’s a 1/4 or 1/2 zip, lambswool or merino, short sleeved or long, it’s an essential piece of clothing that you’re guaranteed to get regular use from for a few years.
So what makes a good golf garment, especially for those winter rounds? Well many garments these days are constructed with modern and technologically advanced fabrics to make sure they are stretchy, warm, water repellent, durable and also look great. Most brands design golf sweaters or mid-layers that fit into all of these areas so to narrow down your choice, below we have highlighted some of the best golf sweaters currently on the market. If you need more golf gear garments then be sure to have a read of our guides on the best golf tops and best golf wind jackets.
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Colors: One (Light Blue)
+ Modern, contemporary look
+ Thin, lightweight material
- Not overly warm
Macade Golf are producing some really cool crossover fashion pieces and the Slate TX Air Mock Neck sweater is certainly one of them. The sweater is extremely thin and lightweight which is ideal for those autumn days where one layer is not quite enough but a thicker sweater might be too much.
The Slate TX Air Mock Neck sweater is constructed from 70% viscose and 30% nylon. Because of how thin it is, coupled with the extreme stretchiness, it provides great freedom of movement throughout the swing. The retro blocks on the shoulders look super cool and we loved the unusual centered logo on the chest. The fit is certainly athletic, it sits very close to the body, but as it is so stretchy your normal size will probably work just fine.
Colors: 2 (Arctic fusion, base green)
+ Excellent thermal qualities
+ Well-placed side pockets
- Fleece material not great in wet conditions
Another statement piece in the latest Adicross collection from Adidas, this padded fleece half zip is more than suitable for on and off the golf course. It’s the kind of fleece you can put on at the start of your day and never take off thanks to its versatility. The soft fleece build is cosy and the padding around the chest offers a great amount of warmth and comfort.
It does a decent job of keeping the wind chill off your body but don’t expect this fleece to excel if the rain comes. It’s made with 100% recycled materials with a nice touch and is available in two very bold and very modern colorways that should get heads turning on the golf course.
Colors: Two (Navy or Steel)
+ Incredibly warm
+ Soft hand feel
+ Smart look
- Limited color options
For golfers wanting a premium, smart and versatile look for on and off the course that won’t break the bank, the Approach Insulated Snap Shirt is a standout choice. This pullover features poppers at the chest to keep the wind out as well as on the cuffs for a more secure fit.
The material, despite being relatively thick, is really soft and does a great job of keeping you warm on cold days and it has plenty of give in it too to ensure you can swing freely. The letdown collar looks super smart and reduces distractions too. You’ll likely find yourself wearing this top out away from the course as much as you do on it, which enhances its value for money.
Colors: One (Navy)
+ Extremely comfortable and flexible
+ Versatile on and off the course
- Some may find a little heavy
The Crew Clothing Champion Golf Half Zip sweatshirt is made from 89% polyester and 11% elastane which provides great movement. As well as the movement, there is also a nice structure to this mid layer with a reassuring thickness that definitely keeps the cold at bay. We particularly liked the slightly weightier waistline which helped to stop the sweatshirt riding up annoyingly on our follow through.
The fit is pretty regular, not too figure hugging but certainly not loose, which makes it a pretty versatile piece which would look just as good with a pair of jeans in the evening as it does on the course. The construction feels very high quality as you would expect from a company such as Crew. This half zip mid layer would make a nice addition to any wardrobe.
Sizes: XS - XXL
Colours: 2 (Dark Navy & Pebble)
+ Plenty of stretch across back and shoulders
+ Minimalist design is very smart
- Limited colors
The Overlay 1/4 Zip combines Lyle & Scott's Merino wool blend for the body and synthetic material panelling for the chest and shoulders to create a really smart and stylish piece. In testing, the main stand-out was the stretch, specifically around the shoulders and back, which allowed for plenty of freedom of movement.
For me, personally, I felt the sleeves were slightly baggy but, when pushed up the forearm, they did seem to keep in place throughout. What's more, the 1/4 Zip design meant that the temperature and breathability was exceptional, with the overall look suggesting it could be worn both on and off the course.
Colors: 3 (Black, Mediterranean Blue, Caviar)
+ Athletic fit
+ Soft material
- Too tight for some
This quarter zip mid layer is lightweight and super soft. As soon as you slip it on you can feel the quality and softness of the material used however it is not all that thick making it not the warmest midlayer. The material offers a bit of stretch and give but there’s not much room for many layers underneath so you would have to wrap up over the top.
My suggestion would be to go one or two sizes bigger than you normally would. For those that like an athletic, muscle fit top this midlayer is perfect for you. The soft material is great against your skin without being too tight or restricting your golf swing. It comes in three colors so there is a midlayer to match all your golfing outfits.
Sizes: XS - XXL
Colors: 2 (Navy; Black)
+ Ample warmth and wind protection
+ Subtle yet stylish design
+ Plenty of flex in the fabric
- Comes up quite large/baggy
The Castore Soft Shell 1/2 Zip Mid Layer is a stylish and smart top that will keep you warm and comfortable on the golf course. It strikes a great balance giving you plenty of mobility to move through your swing while also fitting nicely around the waist, chest and arms. It is also very lightweight and will attract plenty of looks on the golf course.
We loved the subtle Castore branding again gives this top a really premium look. It is up there with some of the best Castore clothing on the market and offers up a slightly looser fit that many golfers will enjoy that fits nicely over a few thinner layers without it restricting your movements on the course.
Colors: 9 (Red; Grey; Green; Navy; Red; Light Blue; Blue; Pink)
+ Brilliant at keeping you warm
+ Super stretchy
+ Very stylish
- Fit comes up a little tight
A fantastic looking top that comes in nine different colors, offering up something to suit the tastes of every golfer, this mid layer will keep you warm and dry on cold outings on the golf course. The Daxton Insula demonstrates that brands can produce warming clothing with lightweight materials. But it is not restrictive either and offers plenty of comfort and stretch as you swing through your swing. It’s one of the most comfortable mid layers we’ve ever worn and really looks the part too, coming in five colors to suit all tastes. Galvin Green produce some of the best designer golf clothes on the market and this is a fantastic looking option we know many players will enjoy.
Colors: 4 (Blue, Black, Grey, Navy)
+ Super soft fabric
+ Athletic look
- Not as protective in the wind
Puma's Cloudspun fabric is one of the softest you can find on a golf garment and is great for layering up on a cold day. It has been used here and as a result this is a warm, incredibly soft and well fitting mid-layer for those who prefer a more athletic look on the golf course.
It's by no means the most windproof mid-layer we've tested, but it provides a decent amount of protection on a brisk day on the links. It has a number of little touches as well, the best of which is the drawstring cord that allows you to adjust the fit as you please.
Read our full Puma Cloudspun T7 1/4 Zip Midlayer review
Colors: 1 (Heather Grey)
+ Suitable to wear on and off the course
+ Beautiful soft feel
- Dry clean only
G/FORE does athletic and trendy very well – but the brand also knows how to do smart. The V Neck sweater is just that, and whilst it’s not as versatile as many of the other garments in the range, it does what it sets out to do – that is make you look sharp and fashionable. What we really like about it is the elevated neckline, which just gives it a point of difference – plus you have those stripes on the wrist which we liked but may divide opinion.
Made with ultra soft, plaited merino wool, this sweater feels wonderfully comfortable and a worthy inclusion on this list.
Read our full G/FORE Quarter Zip V Neck Sweater Review
Colors: 4 (Navy, White, Lunar Grey, Teal)
+ Stretchy material
+ Extremely lightweight
- Not waterproof
Oscar Jacobson boasts a rich heritage, which dates back over a hundred years. The brand describes its design philosophy as “Scandinavian simplicity combined with the inspiration of Italian tailoring and British textile tradition.” Take this Darwin mid layer as an example of this. In testing we nylon/elastane material because it is incredibly stretchy. You can pinch the soft material with your fingers and get a sense of this before you pull it on – it offers a wonderful feel. It means the garment works with your golf swing and is super comfortable to wear.
Read our full Oscar Jacobson Darwin Mid Layer Review
Colors: 3 (Grey, Green, Hemp)
+ Very smart and comfortable sweater
+ Softness of the fabric
- Slightly tight around the neck
As far as golf sweaters go, this Core Crew model from adidas ticks all the right boxes. We have often noticed sweaters designed for warmth can be tight and constricting because they are trying to keep the heat in, but this is definitely not the case here. With a soft terry loop texture on the outside, and a brushed fleece interior, it feels really warm and comfortable, whilst it also stretches nicely when moving around.
Admittedly the collar around the neck can be ever so slightly tight but otherwise it does not feel constricting. On that note we also really like the cuffed sleeves and hem which gives a stay-put fit. Finally it comes in three colors - Hemp, Grey, and Green, that will look good twinned with any of the best golf trousers.
Colors: 3 (White, Blue Surf, Asphalt)
+ Extreme comfort
+ Chest pocket
- Only three colors and they may not appeal to everyone
The Farrell Zip Neck sweater offers up super comfort when wearing with an extremely soft inner lining and a stretch material. It's thin and lightweight so won't keep you warm in the coldest months but is a great layer for those chilly days. The breast zip pocket could be handy but we didn't see much use for it and would have preferred two pockets for our hands, but either way it is still a nice addition.
The cuffs are elasticated so fit very well and the bottom of the garment has an adjustable elasticated fit if it is too loose for you. Again we didn't feel this was completely necessary but it shows Ping has tried to make this stand out. The color options are nice but are limited and we think we'd like to see some more, especially a red version.
Colors: 5 (White, Blue, Navy, Iceberg, Navy/Blue)
+ Blend of style and performance
+ Soft feel
- Not much protection from the elements
This JL midlayer is a great look for on or off the course and blends style and performance. It looks great in several colors whilst it also blends style and performance. Frustratingly, it doesn't provide much protection from the wind and rain, but we think this is a great looking midlayer if you know the weather will stay dry throughout your round.
But overall it is a stylish, lightweight mid layer that provides an element of warmth required on mild days as well as extreme levels of stretch to maximize movement and comfort. The small JL logos also add a touch of class as well.
Read our full J Lindeberg RY Mid Layer Review
Colors: 4 (Grey/Charcoal, Navy/Red, Black/White, Blue/White)
+ Classic, stylish look
+ Fabric is lightweight and flexible
- Color options may be too simple for some
This top can be worn either as a midlayer, under a waterproof, or as an outer layer on cold, dry days. The diamond stitch patterns makes for a smart, modern look, albeit the color options are all fairly simple.
What impressed us most about this sweater was the warmth it provided without being too big and bulky. It’s a lightweight garment (you’d be able to store it in your golf bag without adding much unwanted heft) but it also offers a cosy feel that can easily be worn with a base layer and a polo shirt underneath.
+ Performance fabric offers warmth
+ Very versatile - looks great on and off course
- Some may find it too understated
In an era where mid layers are dominated by hoodies and quarter zips the timeless style of the Peter Millar Cradle Performance crewneck actually offers something different and with this garment being a modern performance fabric rather than a wool you’re getting the best of both worlds.
As with most Peter Millar garments, this item of clothing is very versatile and suitable for wearing on and off the course. It looks particularly smart with a pair of chino style trousers or shorts but it’s also great for lounging around the house! There are also plenty of colorways to choose from which means there’s something for everyone
Colors: 6 (Grey, Royal, Academy, Black, Navy, White)
+ A top performer
+ Cutting edge technology
- Ribbed arm design not for all
This is the type of top you can keep on all day which explains its inclusion on this best golf sweaters list. This model is an insulated garment with Storm technology which repels water without sacrificing breathability.
It is also designed to adapt to the temperature keeping you warm when its cold and cool when the temperature increases. Constructed with a natural stretch that allows you to move freely providing the optimum comfort when you swing, we also think it looks great. It unquestionably performs well in keeping you warm but if you want to go one step further be sure to check out some of the best waterproof golf jackets too.
Colors: 2 (Grey Melange, Navy Melange)
+ Very comfortable and looks great
+ Can be worn off the course
- Need to take care when washing
This is not a garment we would immediately associate with Galvin Green; rather, it’s more of an old-school sweater that adds terrific variety to the brand’s apparel line-up. The Chester is made with sustainable merino wool that feels premium as soon as you put it on. It’s not a full zip top but delivers lots of stretch to move with your body as you move, whatever the activity.
It’s only available in two colors but both are understated and classy and can be worn away from the course in a range of settings. Despite being quite a lightweight product, when on the course, it provides enough warmth as temperatures drop. The fit is natural but that doesn’t mean to say it’s baggy in any way.
Colors: 5 (Teal, Navy, Blue, Grey, Royal)
+ Excellent look
+ High end material
- Easily shows creases if not cared for
Another luxurious product from Oscar Jacobson is this Warwick Sweater made from Merino wool. The garment itself is a fairly simple design, with a quarter zip as well as rib knit hem, cuffs and collar. The biggest plus point is the beautiful wool used which is soft and very comfortable to wear. The only issue with it is that you do need to be attentive with how you care for it, not only washing at the correct temperature but also drying it so that it won’t fall out of shape.
The wool will show up what shirt is being worn underneath it, a thinner more modern fabric doesn’t not stand out as much as a thicker polo. A really excellent product that has a premium price point to match.
Colors: 4 (Black, Chamray, Navy, Grey)
+ Very warm
+ Not bulky
- Tight to body
Stuburt has clearly put in some good work in this product, however immediately as we tested this there were issues. For what is described as a fleece the garment is really quite tight fitting. Any thicker material polo would be uncomfortable to wear under the top. It feels tight around the arms, and unless you have a very athletic build it is quite unflattering.
However, the top looks to have been designed with layering up at the forefront of the mind, there were certainly no issues when a waterproof jacket was added over the top. The color and design are also pleasing to the eye, and if you were to try one out and find it good for your body shape then it would be an excellent and good value purchase.
Colors: 2 (Black Lichen, Peacoat)
+ Good stretch properties
+ Water repellent
- Only two color options
This is a good looking sweater boasting impressive technology and innovation. It features Nanotex Aquapel which means the garment is water repellent and breathable but also fluorocarbon free making it eco-conscious to boot. It's extremely stretchy which makes it very comfortable to wear and ideal as a mid-layer. You will easily fit a base layer and polo shirt underneath and not feel constricted. The thermal properties are good and further functionality is provided by the side zip pockets which, as well as providing storage, are great for keeping your hands warm.