Best Golf Snoods
Up there with base layers, thick socks and wooly hats, a golf snood is an essential piece of winter clothing for those brave enough to play through the elements. To clarify, snoods are not scarves. By all means, wear your favorite scarf on the course, but it will come loose and flap about at the most inconvenient time and you wouldn't catch a pro doing that.
Talking of pros, we've started to see the neck warmer feature more often on Tour because, occasionally, the world's best players are required to play in cooler climates. Additionally, many brands have sought to make snoods fashionable as well, with varying designs and prints. In short, snoods are an excellent way of keeping the cold at bay around the neck without compromising on your swing or mobility and they are a way to look good as well. As such, we have tested some of the best golf snoods below, but if you need more gear to deal with the cold, also check out our guide on the best golf windbreaker and some of the best lightweight golf jackets for bad weather as well.
Best Golf Snoods - Best Golf Neck Warmers
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+ Plenty warmth
+ Simple styling
- Less appropriate for autumn golf
The Titleist Performance snood neck warmer is soft and light but there is a fleece lining that creates a snug fit and provides you with all the warmth you need. I used this on a very cold autumn day and at no point during the round, did I feel it restricting me in any way.
I also like the simple styling which means it can be happily worn with a whole range of different outfits. This snood is up there with the best I have ever worn and I’m sure it will get plenty of use, both on and off course, as the temperatures drop even further.
+ Very soft lining
- Reversing the snood means the soft fleece is lost.
This snood has super-soft inner lining… on one side of the product, which asks the question why is the product reversible? Indeed with the soft inner lining on the inside of the product, we found the snood to be really impactful while out in the cold. The snood is of excellent length so can be easily kept beneath the chin, or even up to right over your nose. There is an elasticated band that can be used to tighten the snood as well to make sure less cold air enters.
There is no need for the snood to market itself as reversible as you then have the soft inner lining on the outside and the slightly itchier standard knit on the inside.
+ Delivers typical UA insulation
+ Has a water-repellent finish
- Only one color option
A neck accessory you can rely on when the temperature drops! Under Armour's Storm Gaiter features much of the same technology that can be found in the brand's waterproofs and other mid-layers, with the ColdGear Reactor technology, which is a lining that adapts to your performance, providing just the right amount of warmth and breathability.
There is also the addition of an Armour Fleece construction, which gives the garment superb warmth and protection. It features a water-repellent finish as well, which is always an added bonus come the winter.
+ Made using recycled content
+ Simple style and warm performance
- Quite a long snood
For those of you who haven't tried a snood before, they really do help keep the cold at bay on the links, and this adidas neck snood is a case in point. It's made to feel soft and warm, with plenty of stretch, so it's easy to pull on and take off. What's more, it also features an adidas logo on the neckline, which gives it a simple, classic style.
An added bonus of this product is that it has been made using recycled content as part of the big-name brand's push to end plastic waste. All of the best adidas golf shirts feature this initiative, with the brand’s apparel some of the most eco-friendly. But one last thing about the snood, is that you can literally use it anywhere when the temperature drops.
+ Tiger Woods approved
+ Loads of colors and designs
- Some may prefer a more substantial model for the cold
First up is the SA Company Face Shield, which is the model of choice by Tiger Woods. The 15-time Major winner often wears the blacked-out American flag design as you can see above. When Tiger turned up to a Major Championship wearing one, Clarke Bowman, brand manager for SA said: “We’ve seen our products worn by some football players and basketball players before, but this is definitely the biggest ‘celebrity’ we’ve ever had. It definitely was a ‘holy cow’ moment of, ‘Oh my God, Tiger Woods is wearing our face shield!" They help to keep your skin cooler in the hot sun, and they can also help to protect against bugs and dust, construction workers and landscapers also love to wear them while on the job.
+ Extremely insulating
+ Made from recycled material
- One of the more expensive models
The Derry from Galvin Green is made from recycled polyester and has been designed to give a stretchy and breathable feel when around the neck. Galvin Green produce some of the best designer golf apparel on the market and this snood is certainly a high-quality piece of apparel.
In terms of versatility, this one is hard to beat. We like the fact that it can be used as either a snood or bandana, or even as a hat. The material is very stretchy and that adds to the overall comfort this snood delivers, adapting to all neck and head sizes. It also offers a more standout look and comes in several different colors. This is also a sustainable garment and is made from a BLUESIGN® approved fabric, which makes it a sustainable and environmentally friendly material.
+ Excellent price point
+ Comfy inner fleece
- Warmer snoods on the market
The snood continues to be an ever more popular item of clothing for golfers, less hassle than a scarf and easily portable in a bag.
This option from Stuburt is classical, with a nice adjustable piece of elastic to attempt to keep the warmth in and cold out. A very solid performer that we enjoyed using out on the course, a product that once put on you don’t have to worry about until you finish your round.
Stuburt are a one of the best golf brands when it comes to producing high quality and durable golf apparel for a great price. And this snood is no different. It comes in at great value for money and is a very durable and warming product we enjoyed using on the course.
+ Reputable cold-weather brand
+ Feels soft against the skin
- Only one color option
This thermal lined neck warmer has no dangling ends or loose material to distract you, which is an attribute we prefer when push comes to shove. It features a Heatweaver thermal brushed fleece inner and comes with Sunderland's Never Weather Beaten windproofing, warmth and comfort.
The winter golfer can suffer with cracked lips, but a snood will offer protection, particularly this one, which feels wonderfully soft when pulled up around the lower portion of your face. Sunderland produce a range of excellent winter golf items and this fantastic snood would certainly pair up well with a pair of their winter golf mittens, which you'll find on our best golf mitts guide.
+ Very soft
+ Incredible warmth on offer
+ Very durable
- Basic-looking, only coming in one color
This one-size-fits-all snood features a fleece-lined design that is soft to touch and, with its thermal insulation, will keep you warm throughout those coldest days on the fairways.
We like the iconic Callaway branding, which you will also find on its best Callaway golf bags, with the design very understated, although we suspect some might want something more modern looking. That being said, it's a solid performer which will suit a large number of golfers just fine.
+ Print is a nice style touch
+ Ultimate protection
+ Manages moisture well
- Only comes in black
Featuring a windproof outer and a warm fleece inner, FootJoy's printed snood ticks a lot of boxes - especially on the fashion front with the mini logos. The fabric is easy to care for and highly efficient at moving moisture away from the skin, so you feel warm but not sweaty.
It also features an adjustable toggle allowing golfers to find a comfortable and secure fit. FootJoy produce some of the best golf beanies on the market making them an excellent brand to protect you from the harsh weather.
+ Provides excellent thermal insulation
+ Very durable and easy to care for
- Can snag in beard hair
As you'd expect from Galvin Green, this has been designed with fantastic attention to detail. As a result, it's a highly breathable garment, which transports moisture away from the body whilst retaining heat, lightness and comfort. Furthermore, it's easy to wash, with the snood keeping its shape very well. What's more, the style is understated, with just a solitary Galvin Green logo front and center.
How we test golf snoods
When it comes to testing golf snoods, our comprehensive methodology revolves around, as you would expect, playing a lot of golf. We feel putting golf products to the test on the golf course, on the range and in practice, is the best way to find out how usable and well-designed some snoods are.
On that note, we feel it is particularly important to use all golf snoods in different conditions, whether that be rain, wind, hot or cold, to give a clear idea on the protection on offer.
We also looked to use the snoods away from the course as well to see how versatile they were. Importantly, every member of the Golf Monthly team is a regular golfer, so we put snoods to the test over a number of rounds. The final point we should mention is no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our testing team tells it how it is and we seek to be as insightful and honest as possible.
How to choose a golf snood
Golf snoods come in all shapes, sizes and materials. For that reason there are many different things to consider when purchasing your next golf snood. To help you make the best choice for you, we've set out several key considerations you need to make in order to get the right golf snood for your needs.
This is the most important factor to consider when buying a golf snood. It sits on your face and around your neck so has to be comfortable and fit properly. Too loose and the cold in particular will impact you, and too restrictive and it might feel too tight around your neck which definitely isn't what you want. Therefore go for a model designed for your profile and also a model that gives a good deal of stretch too.
Sometimes it can be hard to breathe through certain materials, and as a snood will often rise up over your mouth and nose when the cold weather starts to really kick in, you may want to consider how easy it is to breathe through that snood.
A good golf snood is not only going to keep you warm in the cold and wind, but help keep you cool when the temperature rise. Additionally, they will keep insects at bay and provide some kind of moisture wicking as well.
Snoods are a great way of mixing things up whether it be with a patterned design, or maybe you want to show your team support in the NBA, NFL College and so on. That being said you can also get designs that are more neutral if needed. Whatever kind of style you want, there will be a gaiter for you.
Of course, there are snoods at different price points and you should obviously consider how much you are willing to spend here. Additionally be aware of how many come in a pack, or if there are good deals to be had out there. Some brands, like SA Company at the top of this page, offer outstanding deals on buying one model, and getting more free.
If you're also in the market for a complete winter wardrobe refresh, then why not take a look at our guides on the best golf base layers, best golf tops and best golf sweaters for more cold weather apparel options.
What is a snood?
A snood is often called a neck warmer or gaiter and it is designed to be worn around the neck to protect the wearer from the cold, wind or even the sun. They can be used for a variety of sports and activities and often have cool and unique designs and prints on them.
Can you wear snoods or neck warmers for golf?
Yes, you can! Snoods are an excellent way to stay warm and comfortable on the course. While a scarf can be a little hard to manage during your swing, and can often fall off, a snood will stay in place and will not fall or move when you swing through the ball.
Can you wear a snood on your head?
You can wear a snood on your head too if you fold it in the correct manner but it won't offer the same level of warmth as a classic golf beanie might.
How should my golf snood be designed?
A snood should be easy to pull up and down over your face. You don't want them to be lose, otherwise you will be spending the majority of your round pulling them up. A snood is designed to protect your neck, so there should be a notable amount of adjustability provided.
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