The best golf pants according to your favorite golf shorts style
September brings a unique challenge to golfers moving from summer schedules, weather and apparel to a slightly busier, cooler and more layering-dependent fall. We know the end of the summer can be tough on everyone, especially those living in winter-prone areas that don’t allow for year-round golf, but don’t cap the summer season so fast. Many forecasts still call for summer weather for the next few weeks, so you can still wear your favorite breezy golf shorts and lightweight golf shirts without needing a jacket. And to make the transition from shorts weather to pants weather a little easier, we’ve rounded up the best golf pants for you to swap in depending on your favorite golf shorts style.
Bonobos Highland Tour Shorts & Pants
The Highland Tour Golf Pants from Bonobos are a tried-and-true trouser option beloved by many golfers, so naturally the shorts version was also a hit. These bottoms are designed with stitched-in flex panels to accommodate on-course activity, add comfort and offer a better fit in the seat and thighs. Reinforced ventilation at the inseam adds breathability without sacrificing durability and the gripping gel lining the waistband makes it easier to keep a golf shirt tucked after several swings. The long pant option features an articulated back knee that provides a little extra room and comfort during the swing, while walking or when you have to crouch down to line up a putt. This thoughtful detail ensures the rest of the pant doesn’t get tugged or stretched front a bit of tension on the fabric. Available in classic golf colorways with several shades of gray, blue, khaki and black, the Highland Tour Golf Pants and Shorts are a versatile option to match everything from bright summer prints to subtle solid fall layering options or rain gear. And if you’re a fan of patterned shorts styles, keep an eye on the brand’s new launches expected early next year.
TravisMathew Starnes Shorts & Open To Close Pants
TravisMathew ambassador Jon Rahm switches between the Open to Close Pants for tournament play and the Starnes Golf Shorts for everything else. The Starnes shorts are one of the brand’s most popular warm-weather options because of the versatility in style and color with performance technology to back it up. The poly-spandex fabric is designed to stretch with the body, maintain shape that will last several seasons and disperse moisture for a dry and comfortable wear post-round. The Open to Close golf pant is not an exact match to the Starnes Short, but an equally versatile and comfortable option for golf and life. Like the Starnes Shorts, the stretch waistband provides up to two inches of stretch with a full recovery—so they’ll move with you on awkward lies but won’t stretch out or fall when you head back to the cart.
Peter Millar Salem Golf Short & EB66 Delos Performance Pant
Peter Millar’s Salem Botanical Performance Golf Short provides a great option for incorporating patterns into your on-course look without causing a scene. The subtle navy-on-navy look features a tropical print that adds a touch of personality and a ton of style. Moving to fall golf style doesn’t mean you have to give up prints when it come to golf bottoms. The Peter Millar Eb66 Delos Paisley Performance Pant has a similar tonal navy allover pattern with a slightly more seasonal paisley design. Both are made with 100-percent Polyester that's easy to care for (a.k.a. machine washable) and a classic fit that's comfortable and flattering.
VRST 7-Inch Chino Golf Shirts & Joggers
Shorter inseams on golf shorts have been all the rage this year. Golfers are moving away from baggy knee-length shorts toward slimmer fitting, more streamlined, shorter options. The VRST Men’s Chino Golf Short has a 7-inch inseam with a regular, athletic fit—which means it sits just below the waist with a straight fit with room to breathe. This indigo shade is a great colorway to match with almost any shirt in your closet. We couldn’t find the same shade in the regular golf pants, but there is a pair of golf joggers that’s a great substitute. If you are on the shorter-inseam bandwagon, we’re guessing you’re open to joggers, too.
Walter Hagan Perfect 11 Golf Shorts & Pants
The Walter Hagen Men’s Perfect 11 Golf Shorts are among the most popular men’s golf shorts at Dick’s Sporting Goods. We love the under-$100 price tag, nearly 30 different colorways including patterns, bright colors and classic options, and the wicking properties build into the poly fabric that keeps things dry and helps regulate body temperature in the heat. If you’re looking for the pant version, the brand has a versatile all-weather version and another that are perfect to wear at the end of the season when things get really chilly.
Bonobos Performance Link Golf Shorts & Pants
If you’re a fan of Bonobos golf clothes, you likely are familiar with the popular Highland Golf Pants and Golf Shorts—but don’t sleep on the Performance Link golf collection. The Performance Link Golf Shorts are upscale pair of golf shorts with a silicone shirt gripper inside the waist, a slide snap closure and two inseam options—7-inches and 9 inches. What makes these shorts different is that while maintaining a refined look and feel, they’re packed with performance technology comparable to workout shorts. The moisture-wicking fabric dries like quality activewear does during a sweaty workout, moving moisture vapors away from the skin so they won’t get sticky or weighed down from sweat. The pants option of the Performance Link line have all the same athletic-like performance qualities with five below-the-knee pant fit options—tapered, slim tapered, slim, athletic or straight. Ten matching colorways are available in both styles, one of which is on sale for both.
Most golfers have are familiar with lululemon’s golf pants and shorts. The brand’s Warpstreme fabric retains shape, is quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant with four-way stretch to move with you. Both the ABC Pant and the Commission shorts are great for golfers looking to add a staple piece that’s comfortable and stylish.
Vuori has become a golfer-favorite, both on and off the course—especially for travel. The Fleet Jogger and Meta Short both have an athleisure feel, are packed with performance technology and have a chino-like appearance. We’re a fan of this camel shade that’s on-trend and will match with almost anything in your closet.
Under Armour UA Drive Golf Shorts & Tapered Pants
Royal blue is a great summery color that brightens up a simple navy or white golf short stylishly. While there is nothing wrong with wearing the shade into fall golf season, consider a more autumnal shade when shopping for pants, like this greenish-gray option from Under Armour. Both are great options for those looking to add some new colors to their wardrobe without having to buy matching tops for each new addition.