The Best Styles for Golfing in Hot Weather

Golf season is the best time of year. There's nothing quite like hitting a beautiful drive down the fairway on a warm summer day.

But golfing in the heat can also be a real challenge. Whether you opt to sweep the dew or grab a late afternoon tee time, the sun can still be oppressive depending on where you are playing. Hot, humid conditions can take a toll on your stamina and performance, especially if you and your wardrobe aren’t prepared to take the heat.

Here’s a few things to look for when planning your summer golf attire so you avoid becoming a sweaty mess on the course.

Sun Protection.

No matter the time of year, it’s a good idea to take all necessary precautions to protect your skin from sunburn, premature aging, and the risk of skin cancer. Choose clothing with built-in 50+ UPF protection. It can be tough to look stylish and play well if you’re restricted by protective clothing but with KINONA you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for sun protection.

Moisture-Wicking Materials.

Look for fabrics designed for hot weather performance including advanced moisture-wicking technology to stay cool and dry on the course. Avoid heavy, non-breathable materials and instead opt for clothing made of synthetic fabrics, such as polyester or nylon, which also offer better UV protection than natural fabrics.

Unrestrictive Attire.

Whether you are crouching to line up a putt or driving down the fairway, your clothes should support your movement, not hinder it. At KINONA, we take pride in including our community of golfer pros and customers alike in ensuring a fit that moves from backswing to follow through.


Golf in the summer is a game of endurance. You need clothes that stand up to sweat and will easily wash clean round after round. Look for fabrics that are easy to toss in the wash and come out looking fresh, no matter what sweaty conditions they’ve endured with you. KINONA’s Italian fabrics always come out wrinkle free making them perfect for regular wear and golf travel.

With these points in mind, let’s take a look at 5 of our warm weather golf favorites:

1. The Staple.

A must-have piece in every summer golf closet, a good golf dress checks all the boxes for warm weather play. They are easy to throw on for a pop-up tee time, offer breathable style for your legs, and provide airflow like no other garment. Each KINONA dress includes a mesh shortie with leg grippers to keep your modesty intact.

In Play Sleeveless Golf Dress - Black

2. The Classic.

Keep with traditional country club style in a pair of shorts and a short-sleeve top. The sleeves offer a bit more protection for your shoulders while still giving your arms some room to breathe. You can opt for either long and shorter KINONA shorts to customize your outfit to your comfort level.

Carry My Cargo Shorts - Preppy Pink

3. The Sporty.

We recently added the first ever golf skirt to our collection and you won’t want to miss this sporty piece. It’s the perfect attire to transition off the course post game too! Pair it with our modern cap sleeve top to cover your shoulders without impacting your swing. You can also wear mesh shorties underneath for extra coverage.

Apres 18 Sport Skirt - Navy Blue

4. The Sleek.

When you’ve got a fancy lunch date to make right after your round, it’s impossible to go wrong with a printed skort and coordinating solid top like the KINONA Twist and Shout or Light and Lovely. It’s the ideal blend of fun and fashionable that also functions while you are slamming long drives and sinking putts. Plus these tops offer a sleek, higher neckline to keep your delicate decolletage protected from the sun’s rays.

Twist and Shout Sleeveless Golf Top - Black

5. The Fun.

When you sport pants in the summer, pair with a sleeveless top to effortlessly take on warmer days in style. There’s no better nod to the tradition of fun in golf than a pair of stand-out yet polished golf pants. Choose patterns that hint at the stand-out golf styles of John Daly and the like but also offer the level of polish that most country club dress codes demand.

Smooth Your Waist Crop Golf Pants - Vacation Plaid - SALE

No matter what outfit you choose to beat the heat during your summer game, remember to dress appropriately for the golf course itself. While some courses relax dress codes during the summer, others still require collared shirts and tailored shorts or pants. Always check the course's dress code before you head out to play.

Golf is an endurance sport so take breaks as you need them and find shade on the course where you can. Overheating is exacerbated by sunburn so always pack a hat or visor and slather yourself in sunscreen. Bring along plenty of water and also plan ahead by hydrating early. Pro tip: drink 2-3 cups of water a few hours before hitting the course. The worst thing you can do is push yourself too hard in summer heat and lose focus and energy before a grueling back nine. Plan ahead with your wardrobe choices to avoid overheating. Remember, no matter how hot you get, cooling off with a dip in the water hazards isn’t recommended.

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