golfing in the cold

Golfing in cold weather poses a unique set of challenges. It requires golf enthusiasts to navigate the delicate balance between staying warm and maintaining optimal performance on the course. 

The biting chill can be a formidable adversary, but armed with the right knowledge and gear, players can transform the cold weather into an invigorating golfing experience.

Layer Your Clothing

Base Layer

When the mercury drops, the foundation of your outfit becomes crucial. Merino wool is an incredible insulator, offering unparalleled warmth without the bulk. It is a type of moisture-wicking fabric which can play a pivotal role in keeping you warm. However, the amazing aspect of these types of fabrics is how the fibres absorb sweat without bulking when performing activities, like golf. They ensure that perspiration is efficiently drawn away from the body, preventing discomfort caused by dampness.

An effective base layer of merino wool is the perfect way to strategically layer your clothing for the cold.

Insulating Middle Layers

The key to mastering cold-weather golf attire lies in the selection of middle layers. Thermal vests have increased in popularity for a reason. They are stylish and add an extra layer of warmth without impeding your swing. 

Choosing the right fleece is an art – opt for materials that balance insulation and breathability, guaranteeing comfort throughout your game.

Read More: How We Protect the Course and Green During Winter

Windproof and Waterproof Outerwear

Windproof jackets are a non-negotiable element in your cold-weather golf arsenal. Understanding the importance of these jackets, equipped with advanced membranes, becomes paramount. These membranes serve as barriers against the piercing wind, ensuring you remain shielded and warm throughout your round.

Make sure that your choice is windproof, not wind-resistant. The resistant variety may provide some protection against wind, but when it is freezing cold on the green a resistant jacket might not cut it. 

If a jacket is windproof, then it is likely to be waterproof as well. It will often feature taped zippers and seam sealing to keep that rain out. 

Warm Golf Gloves

Gloves are more than just accessories; they are essential tools for maintaining dexterity when playing golf in the cold. 

Traditionally, golfers will wear gloves on one hand, but when the cold sets in it is best to invest in a pair of insulated golf gloves. They will allow you to continue to master your swing with a gripping palm yet the fleece interior will keep you warm.

Headgear and Neck Protection

The adage that heat escapes through the head holds true, making thermal beanies or bobble hats essential for winter golfing. Ear covers and neck warmers can finish off your cold-weather headgear, and significantly enhance your comfort during cold-weather rounds.


Your golfing footwear should be comfortable and assist your game. In cold conditions, this is still the case but you need shoes that are efficient in any condition, whether the rain, ice or snow. There are numerous options on the market, however, we would recommend spiked golf shoes as they allow you to hold your swing in soft ground conditions. 

Pre-Game Warmups

Warming up is essential for any physical activity in the cold. If you don’t warm up before playing golf you increase your risk of injury, which increases in the cold. We recommend a number of dynamic stretches before playing golf:

  1. Body weight squats
  2. Toe touches
  3. Split stretch rotations
  4. Reverse lunges
  5. Practice swings

These stretches are perfect for warming up before playing golf in any weather, but it is especially important in the cold. 

Playing Golf at West Essex Golf Club

West Essex Golf Club is a golf course for professional and amateur golfers close to London in Chingford. 

Our golf club memberships in Essex allow our members to visit our course all year round, and with British weather, it could be cold at any time of the year!

For more information visit our page on green fees at the club or contact our team to discuss membership options.