mens fall golf apparel
Warmer outerwear is preferable during fall

While golfing in the fall is a standard practice, the weather often makes it hard to know what to wear. If you’re looking for outfit inspiration for your next golf outing, this article covers all the basic pieces of fall golf apparel for men. 

Men’s Fall Golf Apparel Basics

Fall is a season hard to plan for. The mornings and evenings tend to be a little colder, while the day can still be rather warm. Because of the fluctuating temperature, layers and certain clothing types are better than others. 

For the most part, you want your fall apparel to be made up of multiple layers. The base layer should involve clothes that wick away moisture. On top of your standard collared shirt, you may want to bring a jacket, sweater, or outerwear of some sort. You can also swap out your golf shorts for pants on cooler days. 

1. Collared Shirt

Be it under the heat of summer or the cold of winter, a collared shirt is the standard. For the more pleasant days, you can wear a regular shirt. However, for colder days, there are collared shirts with longer sleeves. If you don’t have a long-sleeved shirt, don’t worry. You can also take any thermal shirt and put it under your normal one

Collared shirt with thermal shirt under
Collared shirt with thermal shirt under – @travsmyth

2. Jacket

Jackets, of course, are another solution. If you think the temperature will change throughout the day, but you don’t feel like wearing layers, jackets are good options. They are easy enough to take off during any part of the game, and you can carry a jacket around until you need it. 

Keep in mind that hoodies, denim, and athletic wear are not usually allowed while golfing. Keep to lighter, more form-fitting jackets. Windbreakers are good examples.

A thin jacket may be just the thing for fall weather
A thin jacket may be just the thing for fall weather – @nhlflames

3. Rainjacket

Fall is one of the best seasons to go on a golfing trip in most of the United States, but that doesn’t mean the weather is always good. If you’re risking a drizzle, you don’t have to miss your trip. Just throw on a rainjacket and you can handle wetter days without a problem.

4. Vest

At that stage in the season when just a shirt is too cold, but even a light jacket makes you sweat? Vests may offer the answer. They help keep you a little warmer, but you still have plenty of bare skin to keep you cooler. Vests also keep your arms free, if wearing sleeves while golfing bothers you. 

Of course, for colder days, you can throw a vest over your long-sleeve shirt or your jacket as well. There are thin and thick vests to try out. 

A thinner vest over a shirt adds just the right extra protection
A thinner vest over a shirt adds just the right extra protection – @golfthreadsblog

5. Sweater/Pullover

Baggy sweaters often look unprofessional. But a well-fitting sweater can go over a shirt and look perfect for a game of golf. Just wear a collared shirt underneath and make sure that the collar is up over the sweater for a complete look. 

A nice-fitting sweater with a pair of pants helps fight off chills from a cool fall day
A nice-fitting sweater with a pair of pants helps fight off chills from a cool fall day – @ncbabankkenya

6. Pants

Of course, for cooler weather, pants are the perfect option for fall golfers. If you’re golfing somewhere that has chillier fall temperatures, a nice pair of slacks is just what you need. There are no bans on specific colors or prints. If you’re looking to go classic, khaki, navy, black, or white are the best colors. 

The best-fitting pants for men stop at the ankle
The best-fitting pants for men stop at the ankle – @federicoalbagolf

7. Shorts

Shorts work in the fall as well on those nice warm days. Pair them with a regular collar T-shirt, or throw a long sleeve and jacket above them. Shorts with a long sleeve are a good way to stay warm, but not too warm, while playing. 

Shorts are a classic, especially for warmer golf courses
Shorts are a classic, especially for warmer golf courses – @jtwatsongolf

8. Hats

There are all sorts of different hats to choose from. Visors are the most common. If you’re looking for full coverage, a bucket hat or baseball cap with the bill facing forward are also good options. Keep in mind that bucket hats help keep off rain and baseball caps keep a little extra sun off of you.

Even in fall when the sun might not come out, wearing a hat is a good choice
Even in fall when the sun might not come out, wearing a hat is a good choice –  @darrenfletchergolf

9. Shoes

If you’re looking to have proper golf gear, there are only two types of shoes to choose from; ones with spikes and ones without. The ones with spikes are better in areas where it’s often wet, as they provide a little more traction in the wet grass. However, ones without spikes are better for people who will be doing a lot of walking as they’re much more comfortable to wear. 

Can't have too many golf shoes
Can’t have too many golf shoes – @kankuragolf

10. Socks

You can mix and match socks in all sorts of different ways. Wear longer crew socks with shorts, or with pants for a little extra protection and warmth. Or, go for ankle socks with shorts for a clean look. Pick the style that feels most comfortable for you. 

11. Gloves

Many professional golfers have a single glove when golfing. Gloves help you get a better grip and stop you from making mistakes due to slippery hands. Find ones that are breathable to keep your hand cool underneath, even in the fall.

Gloves aren’t mandatory, but they do help
Gloves aren’t mandatory, but they do help – @realzacradford

12. Sunglasses

Sunglasses aren’t technically required, but they are a must for any golfer. Getting ones with amber or a yellowish tint to them helps you keep an eye on your ball at all times. You also don’t have to squint all the time against the sun.

13. Belt

When you go golfing, it’s standard practice to tuck in your shirt. It makes everything look cleaner. Wearing a belt keeps your pants in the right place, and your shirt tucked in. It also just adds a nice accessory to your outfit.

Belts make a golf outfit look crisp and complete.
Belts make a golf outfit look crisp and complete – @chasejohnson96

For more detailed recommendations by pieces, check out our guide on men’s golf outfits.

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