Best Women’s Golf Hats for Sun Protection

Best Sun Protection Hats for Women Golfers

It is essential for golfers to wear protective clothing and hats to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. We can spend anywhere between 2 – 5 hours out in the blazing sun on any given round.

Golf hats play an important role in sun protection for golfers. Shielding the face helps golfers 1) keep the sun out of the eyes, 2) protect against harmful rays, skin cancers, and melanoma, and 3) keep the face and neck youthful-looking.

And golf hats can be a fun way to add fashion or pizzaz to a golfer’s attire and overall look. With so many more apparel options these days, we can actually play golf in style and comfort. Hats can be a great way to accessorize our golf outfits.

I have listed a quick list of my favorite women’s sun hats for golf depending on what you are looking for. Scroll down further for descriptions and the buying guide.

9 Best Ladies Sun Hats for Golfers

  1. Coolibar Women’s Marina Sun Hat
  2. Wallaroo Women’s Victoria Sun Hat
  3. Scala Women’s Cotton Hat
  4. Sunday Afternoons – The Sunset Hat
  5. Callaway Bucket Hat
  6. Coolibar Fore Golf Hat
  7. Glove It Golf Visor
  8. Islanders Women’s Visor
  9. Titleist Golf Hat

Coolibar Women’s Marina Sun Hat

The Coolibar Women’s Marina Sun Hat is a stylish hat that you can wear when playing golf. It is UPF 50+ and moisture-wicking. It keeps your head cool in hot weather. The brim provides a partial covering from the sun and works well while playing golf. This hat is travel friendly and can be packed up in a suitcase and also comes in a variety of colors.

  • UPF 50+
  • moisture-wicking & cool
  • brim for more sun protection
  • travel friendly and packable
  • offered in various colors

Cons:

  • brim is small if you need more sun coverage
  • weave is not as tight as others

Wallaroo Women’s Victoria Sun Hat

Wallaroo is a well-known brand in providing sun protection clothing, hats and accessories. This Wallaroo Women’s Victoria Sun Hat is one of their most favorite and “well-loved” sun hats they offer. It is a very stylish hat that comes in 22 different cool colors. The brim provides full coverage from the sun. The only downsides are that it is not listed as UPF 50 and is not easily packable for travel in a suitcase.

Pros:

  • great brand
  • stylish
  • good-sized brim for more sun protection
  • comes in 22 different colors
  • drawstring for a customizable

Cons:

  • price
  • no UPF 50+ rating

Scala Women’s Cotton Sun Hat

The Scala Women’s Cotton Hat is another great choice for golfers as the brim can be adjusted up or down for style or extra coverage from the sun. Scala is yet another well-known brand of hats that are known for their quality. This hat comes in 32 different colors, is washable, travel-friendly, and packable and has a UPF 50+ rating. There is also an adjustable cord inside the hat to help with a more customized fit. The downside is the cotton material. It may not be as breathable or as cool on a day with high temperatures as a lighter wicking fabric.

Pros:

  • great brand
  • UPF 50+
  • brim for more sun protection
  • travel friendly and packable
  • comes in 32 different colors
  • washable
  • adjustable cord inside

Cons:

  • cotton may not be as cool on a hot day

Sunday Afternoons – The Sunset Hat

The Sunday Afternoon Sunset Hat is very stylish and the brim is adjustable and bendable for playing golf. I like to adjust the brim when hitting the ball so I can see a bit more, then readjust for more coverage during the round. This straw hat has a UPF 50+ rating, keeps the head cool in the heat, comes in a few different colors, and has an adjustable chin strap if needed.

Pros:

  • UPF 50+
  • moisture-wicking & cool
  • brim for more sun protection and is bendable
  • travel friendly and packable
  • comes in a few different colors
  • adjustable chin strap

Coolibar Fore Golf Hat

The Coolibar Fore Golf Hat is a nice all-around golf hat with a good-sized brim and is offered in a light and dark color. With a UPF 50+ rating in sun protection, this hat also boasts anti-glare technology under the brim to help decrease the sun’s powerful glare.

Pros:

  • great brand
  • UPF 50+
  • larger brim for more sun protection
  • anti-glare technology under brim
  • cooling side panel ventilation

Cons:

  • comes in only 2 colors

Callaway Bucket Hat

This Callaway Bucket hat is one that I have seen a lot on the golf course worn by both men and women. The brim isn’t quite so large that it would impede in your golf swing, but provides a bit more coverage than a typical baseball style golf hat. Besides its UPF 50+ rating, this hat includes a moisture wicking sweatband built in to help keep the sweat and moisture in control on hot golf days.

Pros:

  • UPF 50+
  • moisture wicking sweatband
  • Fitted sizes small/medium and large/XL

Cons:

  • brim is small if you need more sun coverage
  • seems to run small

Glove It Golf Sun Visor

This Glove It Golf Sun Visor has a larger bill than a standard sun visor. This extra coverage not only shields the sun from your eyes but provides more sun protection for your face. Glove It is a great brand in the golf industry providing many needed golf accessories. With a UPF 50+ rating, it also comes with a sweatband built into the headpiece to keep the moisture under control. And it is offered in 27 fun and different colors and designs.

Pros:

  • UPF 50+
  • larger bill for more sun protection
  • comes in 27different colors & designs
  • built in sweatband
  • adjustable coil for good fit

Cons:

  • larger bill is bigger than the standard looking style

Islanders Women’s Straw Sun Visor

Another great brand, the San Diego Hat Company brings an inventive roll up hat called the Islanders Sun Visor. What I like about this that is that you can wear it with a high bun, hairdo or updo and it can be rolled up, perfect for packing in a suitcase or bag and for travel. It is UPF 50+ rated and provides full sun protection coverage. This too comes in 30 different colors.

Pros:

  • UPF 50+
  • large brim for more sun protection
  • travel-friendly and packable (rolls up)
  • comes in 30 different colors
  • hand washable, straw material
  • good for high buns and updo’s

Cons:

  • large brim might be an issue while hitting a golf shot

Titleist Golf Hat

For sun protection, these hats are limited in their coverage. Although they are great for shielding the sun’s rays from the upper portion of your face and eyes, they leave your ears, neck and sides of your face exposed.

However, I put this on here because I love my baseball-style golf caps. I particularly like the look and feel of the Titleist golf cap. On days where it’s cloudy and the sun isn’t an issue, this is my go-to hat. Titleist is a wonderful golf brand and has been making quality golf clothing, apparel, and equipment for many years.

Depending on your style, baseball caps for golfers come in pretty much any color, style and brand that you can imagine or want.

Pros:

  • great brand
  • moisture-wicking sweatband
  • standard curve bill and stretch fit
  • baseball cap style golf hat

Cons:

  • front bill only – limited sun protection coverage
  • not UPF 50+

Recommendation

Golf Hat Buying Guide

What to Consider When Choosing a Sun Protective Golf Hat

1. Full or Partial Sun Protection

This is something to ask yourself because there truly are many different styles that you can wear. Anything from sun hats, wide brim golf hats, ball caps, bucket hats and golf visors. You name it, it’s out there.

If you are just looking for a hat to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun, the most popular golf hat today is the baseball cap. And this goes for women, men and juniors.

It is what the majority of the Tour Players wear and what I see when I head to the golf course. The great thing about these is that there is no shortage of styles, colors, and brands to choose from.

I personally love the look of a good quality golf cap and have collected quite a few over the years. The only downside to these is that many lack the UPF 50+ rating and only protect the upper portion of the face. This leaves the back of the neck, the ears and part of the face exposed to the sun.

For partial sun protection, you could go with a simple bucket hat that will help protect the back of the neck and especially the ears.

For full coverage, you could go with a medium to large brim golf hat. However, I like the straw hats like the ones you wear to the beach. They are stylish , cooling and provide the extra sun protection for full coverage. And many of them have an adjustable brim which is good for playing golf.

If you decide on a wide brimmed hat, just be careful. It may be too big and can impede your golf game.

2. UPF Rating – Ultraviolet Protection Factor

According to skincancer.org, “a UPF rating means that it is certified to protect from the sun. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates how much UV radiation (both UVB and UVA) a fabric allows to reach your skin. For example, a UPF 50 fabric blocks 98 percent of the sun’s rays and allows two percent (1/50th) to penetrate, thus reducing your exposure risk significantly.”

A UPF 30 is the minimum amount needed to qualify for The American Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

Be sure to check the product description or inside tag of a hat. It will usually tell you if it is rated and the UPF number. Those that have this rating will be more protective than those without the rating.

3. Travel Friendly and Packable

Will you be travelling and packing your hat?

Make sure to look closely to see if the hat can be folded, is bendable and packable if you need to travel with your hat. Can it be easily packed in a suitcase? Things to consider when purchasing a new hat.

4. Washable

There are some really great ways to wash baseball caps these days. Contraptions like a Ball Cap Hat Washer can help you wash your ball caps, almost looking brand new. We stuck ours in the dishwasher and our hats came out nice and clean. Most of the dirt and sweat marks were gone. Other sun hats, I just do a quick wipe down if needed or throw them in the washing machine if they are washable.

There are also tsweat bands that you insert right into the inside of a hat to help keep the sweat and moisture controlled and comfortable. These are great to prevent all the sweat, sunscreen, makeup, and dirt that collects where the forehead rests against the hat.

5. Fashionable or Practical for Golf?

Fashion and style is important to some and it is fun!

Just be careful and consider functionality too.

I’ve bought some hats in the past that were really cute, but there was no way I could actually play golf in them. You should have seen me trying to hit my golf ball with this large floppy hat.

Some hats may not stay on with a lot of wind either. And there was an outdoorsy hiking style that was very protective of the sun, but I never wore for golf. As I just didn’t like the look so it ended up staying in my closet.

So, keep in mind style, fashion and also being practical or functional for golf.

6. Price

You can find golf hats at pretty much any price point. I personally like to go with brands that are known for their quality craftsmanship simply because I know it may fit better and will hopefully last longer. And it doesn’t necessarily need to be a sun hat for golf. Many of the hats I listed above can be used for many different activities.

7. Fit and Comfort

Make sure the hat you choose is the right size for you. Many hats nowadays can be adjusted either by a strap or cord on the inside of the hat or in the back where it connects.

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