Why Golf Gear Is Best For Dog Walkers

Could your golf wardrobe be hiding the perfect get up for a winter walk with your four legged friend?

Golf Boots keeping toes toasty during morning walks
(Image credit: Katie Dawkins)

Let’s investigate the simple facts…

Golf shoes and boots are designed to walk a good distance and are put through rigorous testing. They’re designed to feel comfortable throughout and move with your foot and, AND they’re waterproof. If you find the right match you’d be happy playing 36 holes in them and go back for more the following day. So why not wear them to go for a stomp with your four legged friend? Especially a lengthy muddy one.

When we break it down it makes total sense. Golf gear is extremely versatile and of very good quality. Which means it lasts and you have multiple uses for it. You don’t need to double up on walking gear just reach for those waterproof bottoms and be smart with your kit. 

Having a lifestyle crossover within your wardrobe can not only save you a lot of money but often see top notch performance and an improved experience during your ramble. Also let’s face it, it’s better for the planet. Golf gear lasts a long time. Less waste.

Woman and dog pictured on a dog walk

(Image credit: Katie Dawkins)

Bring into the equation a chilly winter’s morning and the need to keep toes warm and dry. The immediate choice would be the fur lined golf boot for us. Footjoy and adidas both offer classy versions that are waterproof and clean up beautifully. There are lots on the market to choose from.

Let’s talk COLD

Turning attention to the clothing, one of the best golf base layers can keep any walker cosy in subzero temperatures. Add to this some clever layering as you would on the course, freedom to swing arms or be dragged to greet other walkers, and attention to not overheating. Thin yet smart quarter zip tops (one of the best golf wind jackets for example) designed to wick moisture from your skin and keep you at an optimum temperature will be the vital next layer. 

Then goes on the temperature-regulating gilet, where we'd recommend one of the best golf vests. Perfect for crisp dry wanders. It all sounds very, very similar to the must have walkers wardrobe. 

If it’s truly baltic

A must have is a pair of fleece-lined trousers if thermal leggings are a step too far. Even a pair of the best waterproof golf trousers will do the job in keeping you warm and mud-free. Smart designs see thermal qualities in many of the winter trousers available on the market. Maintaining a level body temperature rather than sweating buckets. 

So you’re all kitted out on the box, next up the winter golf gloves. A smart accompaniment keeping hands free to hold a lead and clean up after the hound leaves messages about the woods. Most have the ability for you to also send messages on your smart phone due to touch sensitive pads on index fingers. If this item is lacking in your winter golf armoury then check out our best golf gloves for winter.

Top the whole garb off with one of the best golf snoods and one of the best golf beanies and you’re all set. There are some fantastic ones on the market that won’t see you cooking in a sweaty mess. Again down to state of the art materials and design.

Raining cats and dogs?

So what about the rain we hear you ask? What better to keep you dry than a decent baseball cap keeping the rain from your eyes and you on the path, one of the best waterproof golf jackets with taped seams and a hood and a comfortable pair of waterproof trousers. Again all can be found within your array of golfing goodies. 

So, you’ve done a full on cat-walk style try it session, experimented with manoeuvrability when lobbing the 'chuck-it' ball from the flinger, checked for resistance to your now cold morning cuppa. You’re finally ready. At this stage the dog is getting impatient and beginning to eat your old hiking boots. No fear you won’t go back to them after this but to avoid any destructive behaviour - the golf shoes could be next.

We’d advise like any game of golf, to prepare the night before. The more walks you do geared up in your golfing get-up, the more you’ll become intuitive as to what works for which conditions.

Dog pictured on dog walk

(Image credit: Katie Dawkins)

With any luck you’ve now got a different outlook on buying golf gear, you have multi uses for it so it’s worth getting decent kit. You’re getting value for money and you may win that highly coveted best dressed dog walker in the community award. Stranger things have happened. If your wardrobe is lacking in any areas we’ve mentioned head to our 10 essential winter golf Items guide and take advantage of the deals.

The only question will be why don’t FootJoy make Winter coats for the dog? Now there’s an idea…

Katie Dawkins
Advanced PGA Professional and freelance contributor

Katie is an Advanced PGA professional with over 20 years of coaching experience. She helps golfers of every age and ability to be the best versions of themselves. In January 2022 she was named as one of Golf Monthly's Top 50 Coaches.

Katie coaches the individual and uses her vast experience in technique, psychology and golf fitness to fix problems in a logical manner that is effective - she makes golf simple. Katie is now based at the stunning Hamptworth Golf Club on the edge of the New Forest. An experienced club coach, she developed GardenGOLF during lockdown and as well as coaching at Hamptworth she freelances, operating via pop-up clinics and travelling to clients homes to help them use their space to improve. 

She has coached tour pros on both LET tour and the Challenge Tour as well as introduced many a beginner to the game. 

Katie has been writing instructional content for magazines for 20 years. Her creative approach to writing is fuelled by her sideline as an artist.