Looking to update your winter wardrobe? Steve Carroll has put the Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo through its paces

Original Penguin’s Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt is designed to provide a smart stylish look that stands out on the course.

Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt review: NCG Summary

Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt revirew
NCG SUMMARY

You know what you get with Original Penguin and the Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt nicely sums up the American clothing company’s recent outlook. Very well made, and really comfortable, it’s designed to cause shock and awe out on the course and you’ll certainly stand out.

PROS

  • Bright and distinctive pattern and colouring will attract those who enjoy being the centre of attention.
  • Fabric is soft and durable. This is a very well made garment.
  • Use of recycled polyester is good for the environment and sends a great message.

CONS

  • Bold pattern will not necessarily appeal to all.
  • You may want to consider sizing down.


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First impressions

Original Penguin are not a brand for the shrinking violet. Synonymous for being worn by Open champion Cameron Smith, the American company are well known for their colourful and adventurous designs.

Even so, and bearing in mind they’ve produced patterns varying from floral camouflage to the tiny aeroplane figures you’ll see tracking on a flight map, this bunker print polo shirt is still one of their most ostentatious yet.

This will be like golfing Marmite to many of you. You’ll either adore its approach, or it will be just too much. The pattern is vivid and the caviar colour looks almost monotone across its various shades. Whatever stance you take, though, you’ll definitely stand out at your club.

Let’s cut to the technicals. What’s interesting about this particular polo shirt is that it’s good for the environment. While it incorporates a polyester and elastane mix, as do so many other of Original Penguin’s clothing rivals, 30 per cent of polyester used in this product is recycled.

It certainly feels great, both to touch and to wear, but I’d warn you to perhaps be a little flexible in your sizings. I’m usually a medium across the board but I could probably have dropped down into a small here.

As a result, the polo shirt hung a little wider than I would have liked around the waist and stomach but this is nothing that probably couldn’t be fixed with a skinnier fit. That said, I do like my shirts and tops to be a bit closer and this sizing might be exactly to all your tastes.

How does the Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt

On-course testing

What do you want from a polo shirt on the course? Ideally, it will be easy to swing in, will regulate temperature, isn’t too heavy – either through the weight of the material itself or through moisture wicking – and will caress rather than chafe.

The Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt does very well in all of these areas. I’ve mentioned the slightly looser fit compared with some other models I’ve been wearing recently and that does mean there are no restrictions when taking a shot. You’ll move easily and swiftly from backswing to follow through.

It sits nicely on the neck and shoulders and the arms finish at a good length too. The fabric is very soft to the touch, but that doesn’t mean it’s vulnerable. I’m often worried about clicks and pilling with a non-cotton polo shirt but this feels pretty durable. There’s not a mark out of place yet and that’s after several wears.

That also means this garment washes very well. If you’re not a fan of ironing, there is no need to worry. The Original Penguin Bunker Shirt emerges from a dryer with nary a crease.

How does the Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt review

The 19th hole

How daring are you? If you enjoying being the centre of attention on the course then this will be right up your street. It’s bold, the pattern is vivid, and it’s a bright garment even with the colour tone. It’s very well made, comfortable to wear, and great to swing in.

Fit: True to Size/Small/Large
Comfort: 7/10
Value for Money: 7/10
Sizes: S through XXL
Colour options: Caviar.


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Original Penguin Bunker Print Golf Polo Shirt review: The Details

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Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap.

Handicap: 10.9

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