We take a look at the importance of protecting your skin during those hot summer months

What’s that big hot thing in the sky? That’s right folks, the warm English summer has finally arrived!

Sure, the sun is great, especially for a sport like golf. But as club golfers around the country flock to the golf course in search of the famous ‘golfer’s tan’, it’s important to remember to keep yourself protected with the right equipment whilst you’re out there.

But before we rush out to bask in the suns rays, let’s let some take to understand the dangers of the sun and why we should be doing everything we can to protect ourselves from the sheer power its UV rays.

Never underestimate the power of the sun

Did you know that more than 90% of skin cancers are caused by the sun?

It’s a scary fact, but frequent over-exposure doesn’t manifest itself in the form of skin cancer straight away. It can take up to 20 years or so to develop.

Rates of melanoma have more than quadrupled over the past 30 years and the risks only rise as we get older.

Even so, over a third of cases are occurring in people under the age of 55, and as are still looking to reclaim lost freedoms from the tight grip of coronavirus restrictions, the hazards are obvious.

Although it may seem comical at first, Stewart Cink’s take on the golfer’s tan is actually far from amusing!

The importance of using the right tools

Thankfully, there are a plethora of tools to help keep us protected from those powerful UV rays the sun emits.

Sure, sunscreen is paramount, but are you actually using it proplely?

It’s recommended that you apply at least one ounce of sunscreen around 15-30 minutes before going outside, and make sure you reapply it every two hours. But if you’re swimming or sweating, reapply it every hour instead.

Other pieces of sun protection include:

  • Golf Shirts with (At Least) UPF 50
  • Moisture-Wicking Golf Shorts
  • UV-Rated Golfing Sunglasses
  • Wide Brim Hats

Although it may be an obvious choice to get the shorts out on a sunny day, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants is the ideal option as they cover your skin.

But if you’re set on wearing shorts, make sure they have moisture-wicking properties.

Where do I start?

That’s why we’ve put this guide together!

You’re probably less prepared to take on the sun than you think, so below we’ve split up what tools you should be using into different sets of clothing.

You’ll find a ‘Buy Now’ button below each product, so there’s no excuse not to be protected against the sun this summer when you’re out on the course.

Best sun protection clothing for golf


Best sunscreens for golf

Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc Lotion

We all know that wearing sunscreen every day is vital to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and maintain a youthful, glowy look. But, not all sunscreens are created equal, many leaving a white cast or grease on your skin after application. Our Clear Zinc Sunscreen: Fragrance-Free Sunblock Lotion goes on clear and is formulated with natural ingredients that properly protect your skin.

Key Features:

  • 80 minutes water and sweat resistant
  • 100% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
  • Rubs in Clear
  • Fragrance Free for Sensitive Skin

Thinksport Sunscreen Stick

Enriched with Vitamin C & E along with a slight tint to reduce whitening from trace minerals, this ultra-moisturizing sunscreen can help to reduce skin aging by 24% when worn daily.

Quick drying and gentle enough for sensitive skin, this non-toxic formula provides a highly effective base for easy makeup application blending seamlessly into all skin tones.

Key Features:

  • Designed for good health
  • Safer Mineral Formulation
  • Easy to apply

Alba Botanica Sunscreens Sensitive Mineral Lotion SPF30

Offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection against premature signs of aging, this effective sunscreen was designed with the daily needs of sensitive skin in mind.

Fast absorbing and lightweight, it contains natural ingredients to moisturize and soften the skin including Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Aloe Vera. Enriched with Grape Seed Oil and Vitamin E, it also provides powerful antioxidant protection. Free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA, nano-sunscreens and Vitamin A.

Key Features:

  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients, No harsh sulfates, NO artificial colours, No parabens or phthalates, No synthetic Fragrances

Best tops for sun protection for golf

Under Armour Playoff 2.0 Heather Polo Shirt

The Under Armour Playoff 2.0 Polo Shirt is the perfect garment for the golfer that likes supremely comfortable,  technically advanced clothing. It has been constructed from a four-way stretch fabric which affords the golfer complete freedom of movement whilst a moisture management system helps to wick droplets away from the skin. Featuring an appealing striped pattern over a block base colour the Playoff 2.0 Polo Shirt will continue to be one of the most popular choices in our comprehensive range of Under Armour Clothing.

Key Features:

  • Soft anti-pick, anti-pill fabric is extremely breathable & lightweight
  • Quick-dry for all-day comfort
  • 4-way stretch construction moves better in every direction
  • Material wicks sweat & dries really fast
  • UPF 30 protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays
  • Self-fabric collar
  • Heat seal logos

Adidas Golf Primeblue Flag Polo Shirt

This high-tech polo shirt has a high stretch and is breathable to enable you to move freely in comfort as you play golf. Designed with a button placket and fold-down collar, plus is highlighted with an all-over flag graphic print and the adidas badge of sport on the left sleeve. This shirt is made from PRIMEBLUE in part with Parley Ocean Plastic, material recycled into a high-performance fabric.

Key Features:

  • Stretch Performance
  • Durable & Breathable Fabric
  • All-Over Graphic Print

adidas Golf DWR 1/4 Zip Midlayer

Made from PRIMEGREEN recycled materials to make a positive impact on the environment. The fabric has a durable water-repellent coating that offers that extra protection, with a natural stretch to give you the freedom to move during the athletic movements of the golf swing. The design features a textured fabric appearance, with a quarter zip opening for quick and easy adjustment, and has a stand-up collar. It has been cut to provide a regular fit, and is highlighted with the adidas badge of sport on the left chest.

Key Features:

  • Performance Stretch
  • DWR Coating
  • 1/4 Zip Opening

Best shorts and trousers for sun protection for golf

Nike Dri-Fit Hybrid Wash Print Golf Shorts

Key Features:

  • Regular fit
  • Nike Dri-FIT Technology
  • Stretch fabric
  • Snap-button closure and zipped fly
  • Repeating “Nike Golf” graphic on the inner waistband has a slightly tacky texture that helps keep your top tucked in

J Lindeberg Rick Golf Trousers

Key Features:

  • Slim fit
  • Moisture wicking
  • 3D JL Bride logo on back right pocket
  • Modern cuffed ankles

Galvin Green Percy Shorts

The exceptional Galvin Green Parker Shorts are made from top quality materials that benefit from VENTIL8 technology and moisture transportation properties.

Key Features:

  • VENTIL8™ Technology
  • Moisture Transportation
  • Protection Factor (UPF) 20+

Best sun protection hats for golf

Callaway Golf Sun Hat

UPF Protection 50+ UV Coating delivers the highest degree of sun protection of any Callaway Golf hat, making this sun hat ideal for when the temperature soars on the golf course. Protect your head, stay cool and keep your round going for as long as you want to! You may find yourself wearing this everywhere.

Key Features:

  • Golf sun hat
  • UPF Protection 50+ UV Coating
  • Wide brim
  • Ventilation holes

Titleist Tour Aussie Hat

The hugely popular Titleist Tour Aussie Hat returns for the 2021 season and now features a stretch material with an adjustable closure for improved comfort and fit. It benefits from UV treated materials and provides sun protection of 50+ UPF to help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. There is no need to worry about selecting the right size as this is one size fits all design. There is also a handy removable chin strap that ensures the hat remains securely on your head on windy days.

Key Features:

  • Stretch material with adjustable closure for comfort and fit
  • Removable chin strap with inside pocket for storage
  • UV treated for sun protection of 50+ UPF
  • One size fits all

Sunderland Ultralight Wide Brim Golf Hat

Key Features:

  • Classic waterproof bucket hat design
  • Wide brim design prevents water from entering the neck/collar area
  • Guaranteed to keep golfers dry
  • Lightweight outer fabric
  • Elasticated headband ensures comfort
  • Exceptional water repellency

Best sunglasses for golf

Nike Maverick Sunglasses

A rebel on the outside, the Nike Maverick sunglasses are pure performance on the inside. This scaled-down version has a smaller fit with the same lightweight frame, innovative temple cushioning and ventilation that means you can wear these sunglasses for hours on the course, and off.

Key Features:

  • Max optics provide precise vision from all angles
  • Soft, flexible rubber temple tips enhance comfort and grip
  • Ventilated rubber nose bridge reduces fogging
  • Lightweight, durable nylon frame
  • Tapered temple arms fit easily under a hat

Bloc Titan Sunglasses Box Set

With 4 lens easy which are easy to change, the BLOC Titan Sunglasses Box Set are the ideal sunglasses for the all weather golfer. They are comfortable to wear thanks to the light weight materials and bi-moulded frame incorporating soft grippy rubber temples. The 4 lens clip in system makes it simple to change so what ever the conditions you will have the correct lens. The rimless design makes its stylish and sporty and particulary good for golf.

Key Features:

  • Bi-moulded frame incorporating soft grippy rubber temples
  • 4 lens clip system for different activities and conditions
  • Rimless design
  • Lightweight, comfortable with adjustable nose piece

Henrik Stenson Eyewear Stinger 3.0 Sunglasses

The Stinger 3.0 sunglasses are suitable for sporting activities. Designed with TR-90 an ultra-light and flexible polymer sports frame, three-point soft touch rubber grip. Plus equipped with anti-scratch HD-lens for an optimal visual experience.

Key Features:

  • TR-90 Ultra-Light Frame
  • HD-Lens with Oleophobic Coating
  • Three-Point Grip with Soft-Touch Rubber Formula
  • Hardcase & Microfiber Bag

Oakley Five Squared Sunglasses

If the world wasn’t made to fit you, you’re in good company. The legends of action sports go through life reveling in originality and crushing conventional ideas beyond recognition. If ordinary sunglasses just don’t fit, Fives Squared is the answer. Unlike conventional sunglasses that stick out at the sides, this frame uses Condensed Cranial Geometry for a tapered architecture that feels as good as it looks and it’s a look that soaks sophistication in adrenalin. Dimensional reliefs, metal icons and sculpturally integrated hinges take the whole idea of street-smooth style and amp it with attitude.

Key Features:

  • Plutonite Lenses maximize clarity while filtering out 100% of all UVA, UVB, UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm
  • High Definition Optics (HDO) is a collection of patented technologies that allow Oakley eyewear to offer the best performance and clarity
  • Oakley performance eyewear offers uncompromising protection against high-velocity and high-mass impact

Oakley Flak 2.0 XL Sunglasses

The XL edition offers a standard size frame with enhanced lens coverage, and every millimetre of the peripheral view is optimized with High Definition Optics™ in a durable yet lightweight design that takes performance to the next level and brings style along for the ride. Oakley’s exclusive Prizm lens technology has been designed to enhance colour and contrast, so you can see more detail. Oakley lenses have also been designed and tested under extreme high mass and high velocity circumstances to ensure uncompromising protection across a wide range of demanding conditions

Key Features:

  • Lightweight O Matter™ frame material with ellipse metal icon accents
  • Unobtainium™ earsocks and nosepads for increased comfort and performance
  • 8.75 base lens geometry with HDO™
  • Available with Prizm™ lenses to enhance color, contrast and detail for an optimized experience
  • Polarized and Iridium™ lens options available

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