Best golf shorts: The most stylish, most comfortable shorts for golfers

November 22, 2019
Best of Shorts

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Back in February, a watershed golf-apparel moment occurred: updated PGA Tour appearance guidelines allowed Tour players to wear shorts during practice and pro-am rounds. Traditionalists were aghast, but many fans and players — Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy among them — went on the record as strongly in favor of the change.

Now, nearly a year into the new policy, the sight of calves on Tour is no longer shocking. In fact, the Tour’s new policy is a reflection of the time we’re living in. With the somewhat recent advent of spikeless shoes, “blade” collars and hoodies that double as on-course wear, the game has never been more approachably casual when it comes to dress code. 

Even more so than pants, shorts are an everyman golf-attire standard. They’re cool, comfortable, and, unlike many pieces of golf apparel, can transition seamlessly to other activities. The very best offerings are stretchy and provide quick-dry moisture-wicking technology, all while maintaining a neat and tailored look. Here are our absolute favorite selections when it comes to choosing your next pair of golf shorts.

Best golf shorts for casual cool

Linksoul Boardwalker

A comely blend style and functionality, the Boardwalker is a fantastic addition to any active guy’s wardrobe. Cotton and four-way stretch fabric offer comfort and breathability, and the 10.25-inch inseam ensures that even tall guys will appreciate a length that is not too short nor too long. Available in 12 solid colors.


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Best golf shorts for hitting the pool after your round

Devereux Gravity

Quick-dry materials and mesh pocketing make the Gravity short a lightweight, must-have wardrobe staple that transitions easily from land to water. The four-way stretch fabric means you’ll have full freedom of movement. Available in seven colors, including a fetching and trendy “dusk red.”


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Best golf shorts for staying tucked in

Bonobos Highland

For the trend-conscious golfer, Justin Rose’s new brand of choice has two inseam options: a standard 10-inch length, and, if you’re willing to show a bit of thigh, a bolder 8-inch length. The 100 percent polyester shorts feature a “shirt gripper” gel waistband to keep you tucked in, and an Italian slide snap at the center front closure. Available in 12 colors.


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Best golf shorts for variety of colors

Adidas Ultimate 365

Available in a whopping 16 different colors, these polyester and elastane-blend shorts are lightweight, flexible and promise to keep you dry. They’ll also help shield you from the elements, with UPF 50+ protection and a water-resistant finish. Also includes silicone gripper tape inside the waistband.


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Best golf shorts for sporty types

Nike Flex

Stretchy, sweat-wicking polyester and spandex fabric and easy storage for your scorecard and tees are the highlights here. The relaxed yet tailored-looking fit drapes around your legs so you have plenty of room to move. Available in 13 different colors, including an eye-catching shade of bright blue


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Best golf shorts for prepsters

RLX Golf Classic Fit Stretch

For the ultimate tailored “prepster” look, you can’t go wrong with Ralph Lauren. The 10-inch inseam and relaxed fit will ensure you take on the fairways with a graceful style. The 100 percent polyester fabric promises stretch where you need it, and the shorts will maintain their shape throughout the round. Available in three colors.


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Best golf shorts for summer heat

Under Armour Showdown

The light and stretchy nylon, polyester and elastane blend fabric promises both comfort and flexibility. Even the waistband includes an element of stretch. The material also wicks and dries sweat quickly. The flat-front shorts are available in six different colors.


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Best golf shorts for stretchy comfort

FootJoy Lightweight

The polyester and spandex-blend fabric offers stretchiness all around — even in the waistband. The best part? The fabric is also engineered to avoid shrinkage and wrinkling. A gripper waist keeps your shirt tucked in, and two front pockets offer generous depth for all your necessities. Available in five colors.


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Best golf shorts for stylish comfort

Greyson Montauk

If you’ve ever wondered what a “dress short” looks like, this is it. Composed of satin-finished eight-way stretch performance fabric from Italy, the Montauk looks as good as it feels. A sport waist bands adds comfort and mobility. Available in seven colors.


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