Best Golf Polo Shirts 2023: Buyer's guide and things you need to know

GolfMagic picks out the best golf polo shirts on the market to keep you cool and comfortable on the fairways.

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Thu, 7 Sep 2023
Best Polo Shirts 2023

Golf polo shirts are the foundation of all good on-course outfits, making them an essential part of any player's wardrobe. 

With a wide selection of fabrics, colours, cuts and patterns to choose from, the GolfMagic editorial team have tracked down and tested offerings from the biggest brands in the game to provide you with all of the information you need to make your next purchase.

From bold prints to strong block colour designs, there is truly something for everyone, with brands like PUMA, G/FORE and Peter Millar all offering outstanding options to wow your playing partners at the monthly medal.

All of the shirts we have chosen were tested over numerous rounds with a number of factors taken into consideration, including style, comfort, breathability and size.

So without further ado, let's get into it.

All of our picks below are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, If you buy a linked product, GolfMagic may earn a fee. Pricing may vary.

PUMA Golf Stems Polo Shirt

Key Features:

  • Cloudspun fabric designed to keep golfers dry and comfortable
  • Soft and lightweight four-way stretch fabric


  • Reinforced collar held its shape well
  • Highly breathable
  • Lightweight stretchy fabric


  • Creative print may not be to every golfer's taste

Colours: Bright White/Highrise, Bright White/Evening Sky 02

Material: 94% Recycled polyester, 6% elastane

Price: £49.99 £34.99

There are a lot of things to love about this PUMA polo. Firstly, the design. Perhaps not to every golfer's taste, we loved the white body with blue stems print. It offers just enough variety to keep the shirt interesting without being so bold that you look like you could be turning up to a fancy dress party.

We tested the shirt in a size large, and there was ample space within the cut to move freely without any restriction. I'm 6'1 and relatively slim, so a large could probably accommodate golfers with a larger build than me with ease. 

The breathability and comfort on offer from this polo is excellent. As soon as we slipped it on, we loved the feel of the Cloudspun fabric against our skin and it kept us cool and dry throughout the round.

We also really liked the collar design. It's perhaps a touch stiffer than other polo shirts we've tested, but it means that it holds its shape particularly well, especially when worn under a jumper. While only a small detail, if you like a stiff collar, this shirt is the one to go for.

At £34.99, this polo is one of the better value options on this list and would make an excellent addition to any golfers wardrobe. 

PUMA Mattr Grind Polo Shirt

Key Features:

  • Cloudspun fabric designed to keep golfers dry and comfortable
  • Soft and lightweight four-way stretch fabric


  • Extensive range of colour options available
  • Stylish striped design
  • Lightweight stretchy fabric


  • No noticeable cons

Colours: Bright White/Evening Sky, Bright White/Heartfelt, Bright White/Lake Blue, Bright White/ Navy Blazer, Dark Sage/Navy Blazer, Eucalyptus/Green Fog, Evening Sky/High Rise, Lake Blue/Tropical Aqua, Navy Blazer/Day Dream, PUMA Black/Birhgt White

Material: 94% Recycled polyester, 6% elastane

Price: £32.73




Constructed from breathable Cloudspun fabric, the Mattr polo from PUMA offers excellent levels of breathability and stretch, making it a perfect addition to any golfer's wardrobe.

The striped chest pattern and wide range of colour options make it a very versatile polo that can be paired with any number of different shorts or trousers.

Offering fantastic breathability, the shirt can be worn on its own in warmer weather or form the base of any great outfit when the temperature begins to drop.

We tested the shirt in a size large, and it offered plenty of room to swing freely without any discomfort or bunching in awkward areas. The athletic fit was flattering, without hugging too closely to the body, and the reinforced collar held its shape well, allowing it to also be flipped up if you need a little extra protection from the sun on hotter days.

All in all, the Mattr is a fantastic shirt, and coming in at only £32.73, it also offers outstanding value.

PING Jay Polo Shirt

Key Features:

  • Concealed button-down collar
  • SensorCool technology to keep you cool in warm conditions
  • Crease-resistant material 


  • Eye-catching print
  • Nicely tailored fit
  • Highly breathable


  • Bold design may not suit the modest golfer

Colours: Danube, Everglade, Pearl Grey

Material: 100% Polyester

    Price: £54.99 £49.99

    One of the heavy hitters in the shirt department, PING have once again created an outstanding polo that should be a staple in any golfer's wardrobe.

    The lightweight, breathable fabric offers plenty of stretch throughout the swing, and thanks to the well-tailored cut, we loved the way it fit too. Hanging freely across the shoulders, it's got room in all the right places, so you don't have to worry about bunching or tight spots throughout your round.

    The bold split ball design may divide opinion, but we love an adventurous print, so it was a big thumbs up from the GolfMagic team.

    Available in a wide range of sizes and colours, the Jay polo is a fantastic golf shirt that can be worn all year round.

    Original Penguin Golf Swingin Pete Polo Shirt

    Key Features:

    • All over swinging Pete print
    • OPG Moisture management system
    • Stretch construction fabric


    • Fun striking print
    • Athletic fit
    • Stretchy comfortable fabric


    • Swinging Pete print may not be to everyone's taste

    Colours: Bright White, Caviar

    Material: 56% Polyester, 30% Recycled Polyester, 14% Elastane

      Price: £54.99



      Worn by Cameron Smith at the 151st Open at Royal Liverpool, this striking polo features one of the best prints we've seen this year.

      The swinging pete print is made up of lots of little Pete the penguins, which adds a lovely touch of fun to the shirt.

      The OPG moisture management system does a fantastic job of wicking away any unwanted moisture. It was a particularly hot day when we tested the shirt, and the fabric remained dry and devoid of any nasty sweat patches for the duration of our round. 

      We tested the shirt in a size medium, and it offered plenty of room for a full range of movement. We typically wear a large, but the polo fit like a glove, and we were able to swing freely without concern for the shirt coming untucked or catching.

      All in all, this is a great shirt that can spice up any outfit for that extra touch of flare. 

      G/FORE Embossed Circle G's Tech Jersey Polo Shirt

      Key Features:

      • Embossed G/GORE logo on chest
      • Fine tech jersey fabric
      • Four-button placket


      • Cutaway collar give the shirt a distinguished look
      • Super stretchy fabric allowed for complete freedom of movement
      • Embossed logo provides additional high-quality detailing


      • The most expensive shirt on this list

      Colours: Seaglass, Fjord

      Material: 88% Recycled polyester, 12% elastane

      Price: £109

      G/FORE is renowned for its in-your-face branding and designs. This shirt, however, is somewhat more understated. We tested the shirt in a cool blue/grey Fjord colour, but it's also available in Seaglass, which is more on the turquoise end of the colour spectrum. The simple single-colour design means that the shirt can be paired with any number of trouser options. 

      This shirt is the most expensive on this list, but you can really appreciate its quality as soon as you try it on. The fabric is incredibly soft to the touch, and it moves over your skin so delicately it almost doesn't feel like you are wearing anything at all.

      The shirt comes in quite a slim cut that we really enjoyed, but we would recommend going up a size to an XL if you have a larger build. 

      G/FORE's attention to detail is what made this shirt score really highly with us during testing. Both the cutaway collar and embossed logo gave it a premium feel that was unmatched by its competitors. 

      Mizzen+Main Versa Polo Shirt

      Key Features:

      • UPF 50+ sun protection
      • Available in trim and classic fit
      • Four-way stretch


      • Incredibly comfortable, lightweight material
      • Lovely, soft skin feel
      • Available in a huge variety of colours and prints


      • Will need to be ordered from the U.S.

      Colours: Sky Solid, Navy Solid, Black Solid, Light Blue White Stripe, Navy White Stripe, Sky OOO Print, Coastal Fjord OOO Print, White Solid, Lotus Triangle Print, Blue Lustre Pong Open, White Pong Open, Sky Birmingham Floral, Navy Linear Floral, White Linear Floral, Navy Birmingham Floral

      Material: 88% Polyester, 12% spandex

        Price: $88

        As comfortable as a tap-in par, the Versa polo shirt from Mizzen+Main ticks every box when it comes to what you want out of a golf polo shirt. Lightweight, breathable, stylish and comfortable, the Versa has it all.

        Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, there is something for everyone. From a simple, Solid Navy to a more adventurous floral print, Mizen+Main offers a wide selection to suit every golfer's taste.

        The construction of the shirt allows it to move effortlessly with the body during the swing, and during testing, we noticed no discomfort or catching during any point in the round.

        The brand also offers two different cuts, so you can really tailor your fit to your body shape. Both trim and classic cuts are available, with trim offering more of an athletic custom-tailored feel. 

        With inbuilt odour protection, moisture wicking and UPf 50+ protection, the Versa has you covered for those hot days out on the course. 

        All in all, the Versa is a fantastic golf polo and would make an excellent addition to any golfer's shirt collection. 

        Peter Millar Raise The Bar Performance Jersey Polo Shirt

        Key Features:

        • UPF 50+ sun protection
        • Antimicrobial jersey fabric
        • Three-button placket


        • Incredibly lightweight material
        • Charming print design
        • Soft against your skin


        • Only available in one colourway

        Colours: Cottage Blue

        Material: 92% Polyester, 8% spandex

          Price: £90

          This shirt is called 'Raise the Bar' for a reason, Peter Millar really does make some of the best polo shirts in the game. 

          Pulling on the shirt for the first time, we were amazed at just how lightweight the material is. Despite being made from 92% polyester, you could be mistaken for thinking that this shirt was made from pure silk.

          We wore a large polo, and it fit true to size, with ample room and stretch to swing freely without fear of the shirt pulling up and becoming untucked.

          The stylish print features mini decanters and martini glasses, which is fitting as it could just as easily be worn out for a drink as it could on the course.

          Galvin Green Madden Polo Shirt

          Key Features:

          • Ventil8 Plus Fabric
          • 20+ UV Protection
          • Made from OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 approved fabric


          • Incredibly breathable
          • Striking coastal-inspired pattern
          • Sustainably sourced fabric


          Colours: Navy/White, Cool Grey/White, Blue/White, Orange/White, Sunny Lime/White

          Materials: 92% Polyester, 3% spandex

            Price: £79

            Galvin Green is all about quality and performance, and this polo is no different. The Madden is exceptionally breathable and lightweight while offering a complete range of movement throughout the golf swing. 

            A tailored collar and sewn solid collared cuffs provide nice subtle detailing, while the all-over wave print really appealed to our taste. Galvin Green has taken inspiration from the most beautiful seaside golf courses for the design, and it works nicely in all four different colour options. 

            The bright and bold design is sure to liven up any fairway around the world, and thanks to the brand's dedication to producing sustainable garments, you can rest assured that you are also limiting your ecological footprint by purchasing this shirt too.

            Oscar Jacobson Gilman Polo Shirt

            Key Features:

            • Front chest bonded tape
            • Four-way stretch marled fabric
            • Contrast inner placket


            • Slightly thicker material will provide excellent durability
            • Available in three different colours
            • Understated design will appeal to golfers who prefer a more traditional look


            • A slightly boxier fit than other shirts we tested

            Colours: Electric/White, Navy/White, Lunar Grey/White

            Material: 91% Polyester, 9% elastane

            Price: £59.95

            Scandinavian simplicity shines through with this classic polo. Offering a slightly thicker material than the majority of shirts on this list, the Gilman is built to last.

            With plenty of room in both the sleeves and main body, the slightly boxier fit could be ideal for golfers with a larger build. With plenty of space across the chest and arms, you can rest assured you won't have to worry about fabric rubbing or getting caught in awkward areas.

            Available in three colourways, this shirt is a fantastic building block for any stylish golf outfit, and if anyone knows about style, it's the Scandinavians. 

            Under Armour Golf Iso-Chill Edge Polo Shirt

            Key Features:

            • Iso-Chill fabric designed to disperse body heat
            • Anti-odor technology
            • Side-vent hem


            • Soft-to-touch Iso-Chill fabric feels great against your skin
            • One of our favourite collar designs
            • Unbeatable breathability


            • Graphic print may not suit the more traditional golfer

            Colours: Black/Pitch Gray, Midnight Navy/Blizzard, Glacier Blue/Blue Mirage, Blue Mirage, Midnight Navy, Midnight Navy/Venom Red

            Material: 91% Nylon, 9% elastane

            Price: £54.99

            Constructed from one of the most unique fabrics we've tested, the Under Armour Iso Chill Edge is an ideal golf shirt for the modern golfer. The fabric has a slightly textured quality that not only feels great against the skin but also wicks away sweat incredibly effectively.

            One of the most breathable shirts we've tested, the Iso-Chill also features an adventurous pattern that may not be to everyone's taste, but for those searching for a vibrant print, it could be just the one.

            Fitting true to size, a large is ideal for any golfer over 6ft, and with a little added space around the midriff, it will also provide a flattering fit for the larger golfer.

            Mizuno Floral Polo Shirt

            Key Features:

            • MoveTech Four-way stretch fabric
            • Cherry blossom inspired design
            • Runbird logo on the chest and yoke


            • Beautiful, striking design
            • Ultra-lightweight construction
            • Athletic silhouette


            • Loud design may not appeal to the more reserved golfer.

            Colours: Grey, Deep Navy, Dream Blue, Pink

            Material: 95% Polyester, 5% spandex

              Price: £70

              We instantly took a liking to the cherry blossom-inspired design of this shirt, and the love affair didn't end there. 

              Throughout testing, the floral polo shirt performed admirably across the board. Lightweight, breathable and super stretchy, this polo is also available in a wide range of colours, making it a very versatile piece that can match a variety of different trouser or short options.

              We really liked the slightly slimmer fit, but with plenty of stretch on offer from the fabric, this shirt could suit a golfer of any build.

              Crew Clothing Smart Golf Polo Shirt

              Key Features:

              • Active-stretch fabric
              • Moisture-wicking technology offers quick drying and cooling qualities
              • Crossed clubs printed logo


              • Simple yet stylish design
              • Modern and elegant cut
              • Extensive range of colours available 


              • Might lack the shelf appeal of more established brands in the market

              Colours: Coral Reef, Periwinkle, Chalk Pink, White, Provence Blue, Green, Navy Blue

              Material: 86% copper nylon, 14% elastane

                Price: £50

                Crew Clothing is a newcomer to the game of golf, and it's hit the ground running with its range of apparel for 2023. The Smart golf polo has a simple yet stylish design that will undoubtedly resonate with golfers who like to go for a 'less is more' approach to on-course styling. 

                Putting the shirt on for the first time, we were instantly impressed with how comfortable it was. The fabric offers plenty of stretch, and when tucked into a pair of trousers or shorts, we didn't notice any tugging or pulling during our swing. 

                Both lightweight and breathable, the Smart shirt would make an excellent choice for either winter or summer golf, and thanks to the broad range of colours on offer, it can be paired with pretty much any pair of shorts or trousers.

                Farah Fritch Polo Shirt

                Key Features:

                • Lightweight, quick-dry fabric
                • Four-way stretch
                • Three-button placket


                • Unique tonal Farah 'F' print
                • Quality buttons
                • Very breathable fabric


                • Fabric not as soft as other options on the market

                Colours: Farah Blue Grey, Jester Red, Oyster Mushroom

                Material: 100% Polyester

                Price: £34.95

                An ideal choice for summer months, this Farah polo provides excellent breathability and moisture-wicking properties.

                The subtle Farah 'F' print is understated yet adventurous, and the high-quality buttons and collar round out a sleek and sophisticated construction. Available in three distinct colours, the shirt can be paired with a wide range of legwear and accessories. 

                We chose to wear a size large, but if you find yourself typically between sizes, we would recommend a medium for a more athletic fit. With plenty of stretch on offer, you can swing freely in this shirt without issue.

                Stuburt Bandon Polo Shirt 

                Key Features:

                • DRI-back moisture transfer technology
                • Tonal marl body design
                • Relaxed fit collar


                • Ideal for all-year-round golf
                • Minimalistic design
                • Highly durable fabric


                • Thicker fabric could get a little too warm on hotter days

                Colours: Caribbean, Midnight, Slate Grey

                Material: 100% Polyester

                Price: £24.99



                One of the best-value golf shirts on the market, the Bandon polo from Stuburt is an ideal choice for those looking to update their golfing wardrobe on a budget. 

                Available in three colours and six sizes, the Bandon features a minimalistic tonal design that's ideal for golfers who like to keep their on-course styling simple. With a good fit in the sleeves and across the back, you can also rest assured your swing will be unimpeded, thanks to the carefully crafted fit.

                Offering a slightly thicker fabric to the other shirts on this list, the Bandon would make an excellent base layer for all-year-round golf, but may be a touch thick for the hottest days of the year. 

                Things to consider when buying a polo shirt


                Golfers are all different shapes and sizes. Thankfully, golf shirts are too. Finding a shirt to suit your body shape can be the difference between feeling great on the course or feeling like an overpacked sausage. The majority of brands offer a selection of sizes and cuts to suit all different builds, so making sure you find the right one for you is key.


                Finding a shirt that is highly breathable can completely alter the enjoyment of your round. There's nothing worse than sweat dripping down the inside of your shirt, making you wet and uncomfortable, and there's no need for it either. With a wide range of highly breathable, moisture-wicking shirts listed above, it's time you condemned those sweat-drenched rounds of golf to the history books. 


                Ranging from anywhere between £25 to £109, there is quite a wide spectrum when it comes to the price of a golf shirt these days. As with most things, the higher the price, the finer the materials, and golf shirts are no different in that respect. If you're a competitive golfer who plays three rounds of golf every week, then investing in a higher-quality shirt might be a smart choice. However, if you like to head out once in a while with your mates for a casual round, then something nearer the lower end of the price scale may be a smarter choice.  


                While cotton golf shirts are still popular around the world, we would highly recommend buying a shirt that is made from synthetic material like polyester, nylon or a spandex blend. While offering good breathability, cotton soaks up sweat like a sponge, and due to its lack of moisture-wicking properties, it will hold sweat on the inside of the shirt, which will lead to discomfort and odour. 

                Polyester and nylon, on the other hand, not only wick sweat away with ease but also offer a greater degree of stretch and durability. The synthetic fabrics also retain colour far better than cotton, and due to the crease-resistant properties of the fabrics, you don't have to worry about ironing them either. 

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