This post was most recently updated on January 18th, 2022
Playing golf is a fun activity that many people believe is not dangerous. That belief holds true for the most part, but golfers need to remember that being exposed to the sun’s UV rays can be dangerous without protecting their skin.
Hats can be used not only for covering skin but style as well. This article will highlight the five best golf hats for sun protection.
Best Golf Hats for Sun Projection
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Do you need a sun hat for protection from UV Rays?
According to cancer.org about 99 percent of skin cancers and 95 percent of melanoma are caused by an excessive amount of exposure to UV radiation. UV rays not only cause cancer but also premature aging of the skin, liver spots, solar elastosis and actinic keratosis.
Omitting visors and baseball caps from our list
We didn’t include visors or baseball caps in this list due to them being different kinds of hats. Visors and baseball caps do provide slight protection to a portion of a person’s head and face, but they do not offer as much as sun hats, which feature wider brims protecting more of the neck too. Visors and caps provide no protection to the back of people’s necks.
Features of good sun protection golf hat
There are different features of a good sun hat including its protective brim, how breathable it is as well as its portability.
Brims on golf hats vary in size and shape. Brims can be firm or floppy depending on preference. Firm brims are usually preferred because floppy brims can get in a golfer’s eyes and distract them when swinging. The brim’s shadow helps protect against the sun.
Breathability for golf hats is important in keeping a player’s head cool. It would be an inconvenience if you were trying to keep your face covered from the sun but had to deal with a super sweaty head with sweat dripping into your eyes. That’s why most golf sun hats feature small mesh holes that allow air to seep in.
A lot of sun bucket hats are sweat resistant that aid in wicking the sweat off someone’s head and helping to keep them dry.
Golf sun hats that are wrinkle resistant are very useful for transporting easily. A player can stuff them in their golf bag or backpack without worrying the hat appears all wrinkly.
Having a lightweight hat is also key because no one wants to wear something heavy on their heads while they navigate the course.
The Tilley Endurables LTM5 is our selection for editor’s choice thanks to its many features including breathability, durability and protectiveness from the sun.
The hat is both 100% polyester and supplex nylon helping keep heads cool and comfortable. Tilley Endurables was founded in 1980 by Alex Tilley who loved sailing and was an outdoorsman. The hat is made to be wrinkle-free so someone can crush it up and pack it in a suitcase or backpack.
This model’s design is flexible and can be worn with casual attire such a golf polo or with outdoor hiking clothes on the trails.
The water-proof finish on the hat also makes it stain free from rainwater and enables users to keep their hair and faces dry during inclement weather. The hat also has a foam liner that floats in case it is dropped in the water at the lake, river or beach.
It also is anti-shrink so it can be washed or thrown in the dryer without worrying it won’t fit during the next use.
The hat weighs only three ounces and the brim size is as follows: Front: 2 5/8″; Back: 2 3/4″; Sides: 2 1/8″
The Einskey sunhat is a casual hat that can be used for travelers or people who enjoy being outside. The hat comes in tan, navy, dark gray, light gray and khaki.
It includes an adjustable chin cord that helps keep the hat snug on the head during windy or rainy days. It also features a sweat band that prevents sweat dripping onto a person’s face or eyes.
The hat was designed to be used for a plethora of activities including cycling, hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, golfing or even while playing action sports. Its main use is to protect from the sun.
It is one size fits all and works both for men and women. The hat should fit adults who have head circumferences of about 22-24 inches.
The wide brim measures at 3.7-3.9 inches and helps keep the face and neck covered from rays. The polyester make is water-resistant.
The Coolibar hat is UPF 50+ and is designed to protect from 98% of sun rays. The style of the hat is reminiscent of an African safari hat.
It has a three-inch brim that helps cover a person’s neck, ear and face. Like many hats in this list it includes a chin cord to ensure a good fit. A mesh ventilated crown makes the hat feel comfortable and an internal elastic band secures the tightness around the head.
Coolibar designed the hat to be water resistant and crushable/wrinkle resistant so it’s ideal for vacations to both wet and dry destinations like islands or deserts.
The mission of Coolibar is “to keep the world safe from sun damage, to protect those with a sun-related medical condition and to prevent everyone else from developing one.”
There are three size options when purchasing the Coolibar: small/medium (22.5 inches), medium/large (23 inches) and xx-large (24 inches). There are also three colors to choose from: khaki, smoke grey or natural.
The hat is made of both cotton and polyester canvas to help its wearers keep a cool head.
Aside from our editor’s choice, our selection for “best bucket hat” is this hat. The Nike Golf UV Sun Bucket Hat has a sleek design featuring a large signature Nike logo in front and center.
The bucket hat is made up of 88% polyester and 12% spandex. The Nike Flex fabric it contains expands to help fit people’s heads. The Dri-FIT technology aids in keeping a person dry when sweating leading to more comfort.
The hat is designed to give UPF 40+ protection from the sun. Since it is a bucket hat and does not have a massive brim, less of a person’s neck will be protected compared to other hats that provide more shade.
Aside from UPF protection the hat also offers UVA and UVB protection from dangerous rays.
Nike included an Elastic drawcord that helps adjust the tightness of the hat so it fits about any size head and people can wear it tight or loose depending on their preference.
The hat is available in white, dark grey or black.
The Home Prefer hat is one of the best golf hats for sun protection. It is UPF 50+ and blocks at least 98% of UVB and UVA sun rays.
The hat is one of the larger wide brim golf hats in this list and has a long and wide back flap to help protect your face and neck. It has small holes creating vents for air to enter and aid with breathability to keep a person cool.
One nice feature of the hat is its removable and adjustable chin strap. On a windy day the strap helps keep it on the head but on a non-windy day it might appear more stylish to ditch the cord.
The hat is unisex and is designed to fit people with around 22-23.5 inch heads. It can be used for various activities including golfing, fishing, hiking, camping, biking and more.
The hat is available in nine different colorways and is available at a low price.
After reviewing the different options, our conclusion for best golf hat for sun protection is the Tilley Endurables LTM5 Airflo Unisex Hat. It was an easy pick for editor’s choice thanks to its wrinkle-free and protective design.
With its casual and athletic look, the hat is a good choice to wear on or off the course. Next time you head to the course remember to protect yourself from the sun.
Lawrence Smelser is part of the Golfible editorial staff and is a freelance golf writer. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour and most recently the 2019 Masters. He holds a journalism Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas