Staying Safe in the Sun

February 16, 2007

We’re into the lazy, hazy days of summer, which means wonderful opportunities for late-afternoon golf, post-round BBQs and lots of golden sunshine. Given the time spent chasing that little white ball, you need to be diligent about skin and eye protection. There’s no substitute for simple smarts—apply sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing and accessories. Here, then, is a sampling of sun-specific golf products.

Sun Precautions Ultra Athlete Shade Cap
$39.95; 800-882-7860,
Made of Solumbra fabric, the cap has a wide-brimmed visor to shade more of your face. A drape protects ears and back of the neck.

Triple J Sportswear Buzz Off cap
$22; 800-555-5142,
No sunburned scalps here-these cotton caps feature UPF 50-plus protection. There’s also an odorless shield that works like insect repellant.

Adidas on par II L golf-specific sunglasses
$150; 800-448-1796,
Made of a soft, non-slip material, the nose bridge can be adjusted in two places to provide a comfy, personalized fit. Flexible, ribbed temples provide a snug fit for all head sizes, and a clever ventilation system and anti-fog lens coating keep you seeing clearly when things heat up.

Callaway C401-0RGN golf-specific sunglasses
$160; 877-243-9393,
The coolest feature is its rimless frames. Seriously, you’ll not only turn heads on the links with these lenses, you can even get away with wearing them to the beach, too. A polycarbonate lens and tint technology allow for more visible light transmission while blocking 100 percent of harmful blue light rays. The lens also counteracts the optical displacement caused by some wraparound golf sunglasses. These sunglasses also are available with prescription lenses (

Triple J Sportswear Fitover eyewear
$39.95; 800-555-5142,
These babies won’t ever be confused with golf-specific sunglasses. And that’s okay. Wear them over glasses to block light from the top or sides. Polarized side lenses shouldn’t inhibit peripheral vision. This type of styling is a real asset for those with macular degeneration (

Adidas ClimaCool Motion Engineered Mesh Polo shirt
Adidas golf apparel features ClimaCool technology, a moisture management system that regulates body temperature. How’s it work? The material wicks sweat away from your skin, and provides UV protection to boot.

Nike Dri-FIT Two-Color stripe Polo shirt
The UV fabric (30 SPF) provides extra protection while Dri-FIT UV, Nike’s proprietary comfort system, keeps you dry and comfortable on hot, sticky days. Try both the Adidas and Nike shirts. You’ll be glad you did.

Triple J Sportswear Men’s Outdoors shorts

$46; 800-555-5142,
The nylon, stain-resistant shorts are treated with Teflon. They’re lightweight (3 ounces) and sun-friendly (UPF 30 protection) too. Come in khaki or charcoal.

Coolibar Men’s Everyday pants

$69.95; 800-926-6509,
These slacks offer a traditional look, with 98-percent UV protection. Made of lightweight nylon that draws away moisture.