While variations on the classic silhouette abound when it comes to the look of the collar or style of the placket, the golf polo is ubiquitous, and beloved for its versatility. Even non-golfers own them, because they elevate a casual outfit to going-out-to-dinner standards, and they’re comfy, too.
So if you’re looking to add a new polo to your wardrobe this holiday season, check out our staff’s favorites below. Form and function are always top of mind, and as you go through the list, you just might find your new favorite garment of 2024.
The GOLF staff’s favorite polos of 2023
Rhoback’s fun prints offer something for everyone. (I’m especially partial to dog breeds and cocktails.) From stripes and solids to destination-based themes, there are nearly 300 varieties to choose from. The fit is athletic yet tailored, and the feel is smooth as silk. —Jessica Marksbury
With a four-way stretch and sharp comfort fit, don’t expect this performance polo to get in the way of your golf swing or backhand.
Adidas Tour Primeknit Polo. I’m often suspicious of dark-colored polos, for fear of them getting overheated in the sun. But the tech in these shirts make them the most breathable thing I’ve got. —Sean Zak
Adidas Ultimate365 Tour Primeknit Golf Polo Shirt
$48 (was $95)
Adidas PRIMEKNIT is flexible and feels smooth to the touch, so you can enjoy a full range of motion from backswing to follow-through.
Holderness and Bourne cotton polo. I’d have an entire wardrobe of these if I could. They fit great and feel like a premium polo. —Jonathan Wall
Holderness & Bourne Cotton Polo
Knit from an incredibly soft Peruvian pima cotton and stretch blend, this versatile and classic style layers easily but also looks great on its own.
Abercrombie’s Performance Polo. They’re constantly updating with fun, but not too flashy designs. These are great if you’re looking for a relaxed, untucked look on the course. —Connor Federico
Abercrombie & Fitch Performance Polo
$32.99 (was $60)
A&F’s short-sleeve polo in lightweight performance fabric is breathable and super soft, with 4-way stretch, UV protection and moisture-wicking properties.
Circuit Performance Players Shirt. A friend doled these out on a buddies’ trip earlier this year, and I became an immediate convert. It’s soft and stretchy but also holds it up shape, and I’m a big fan of the throwback pocket on the chest. My fave feature: slots for collar stays. Nothing worse than collar flop. —Alan Bastable
Criquet Performance Players Shirt
Easy to care for, easy to wear (feels like a cotton shirt), and easy on the eyes, our performance blends will keep you comfortable and cool.
Rhone Golf Sport Polo. Yep, it’s me again, recommending Rhone as a counterpoint to Lulu. This shirt comes with me to every single tournament on the road, and it’s one of my favorites for on the course, too. Why? I’ll shoot very straight: I sweat. A lot. Rhone has figured out a design that both minimizes the sweat … and its appearance. —James Colgan
Rhone Golf Sport Polo
Designed for a day on the green, built with extra room in the midsection to allow for a greater range of motion and GOLDFUSION® Anti-Odor Technology to allow for more wear between washes.
Radmor. I haven’t found a golf shirt I like better than the ones made by my neighbors in Seattle. Radmor has been pushing back against the idea that good golf shirts need to be made of plastic — turns out cotton done right can feel better and look better, too. The Taylor Cap Stripe has been my go-to of late. Get your subtle stripe on with me. —Dylan Dethier
Radmor’s ELS (extra-long staple) cotton, the smoothest in the world, is also the purist of cellulose fibers, and like all cellulose fibers, are biodegradable.
Criquet Long Sleeve Players Shirt. While this entire list is full of quality polo options, the long sleeve polo means perfect golf conditions to me. And there’s no better than Criquet’s “Players” shirt. Its a timeless style that works seamlessly on and off the course. —Tim Reilly
Criquet Long Sleeve Players Shirt
With a crisp collar and 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton (the softest and most durable cotton we could find), you won’t be able to refuse wearing your Long Sleeve Players Shirt every day.