Editor’s Picks: The best apparel for the traveling golfer

This gear will keep you comfortable on the plane, and won't let you down on the course.

The scenario is far too familiar. You’ve got a tee time booked at a can’t-miss course, but not much time to spare between when your plane lands and your arrival on the 1st tee. Or, in a different way, you really want to hit some balls and loosen up off a cross-country flight. Five minutes is all you need, but that means you don’t have time to pull a new outfit out of the luggage and change. 

Recently, this took place for me at Torrey Pines. Our plane landed an hour before our first tee time and I sadly wasted time waiting for my precious golf shorts and polo (which were late to arrive in baggage claim). Lesson learned (for the fourth time). For someone who travels a lot and travels for golf a lot, it’s time to invest in some travel golf clothes. The kind that are comfy enough for five hours in the same, chilly seat and perfectly hospitable to a dress code wherever the tee time is. 

With that in mind, below are some ideal selections (for men and women) for your travel golf days, as you work your way through TSA security and, eventually, the back nine. 

Puma Tarmac Jogger


The Puma Tarmac Joggers will make you feel comfortable during your active day. They sport a comfort waistband, stretch fabric, and pockets for carrying any daily essentials. The joggers are created and designed with polyester, providing durability for ample wash and wear, and resistance against shrinking and wrinkles.

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Nike Flex UV Victory


Soft and sleek, the Nike Flex Victory Pants look polished on and off the course. Their pull-on, mid-rise design hugs and supports your waist throughout all 18 holes.

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Adidas Lightweight Performance


The Adidas Lightweight Performance polo is perfect for any on or off the course activities. This solid color polo is designed with soft, lightweight fabric that provides comfort, breathability, and moisture-wicking to maintain cool and dry skin throughout your round.

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Greg Norman L/S Ruched Lurex 1/4 Zip Mock Polo


The Greg Norman L/S Ruched Lurex 1/4 Zip Mock Polo sports the Play Dry technology which helps wick perspiration away from the skin and transports it to the outer layer so it can evaporate quickly in the air. This sleek and stylish layer also has the Solar XP technology which offers chemical-free sun protection.

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Dunning Kilmelford


Dunning’s Kilmelford sweater is a versatile product; it can be layered over a Dunning polo or worn by itself. The Kilmeford sweater is constructed with Bamboo blended fabric that provides moisture management so your skin can stay dry when sweating occurs. The fabric also offers insulation to keep you warm and stretch to keep you moving with ease. Design details also feature logo branding at the back yoke and player specific waistband and cuffs for easy movement during your game.

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Nike Dry UV Victory


The UV Victory jacket from Nike is the perfect outerwear addition to your golf apparel collection. Constructed with polyester, the jacket features a full-zip, with a mock neck to keep you warm on the course. If you do work up a sweat, the moisture-wicking power of the fabric will keep you dry and comfortable throughout your round.

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Nexbelt Braided


The Braided belt from Nexbelt is the perfect item to tie for golf outfit together. Featuring a PreciseFit ratchet closure, the belt is cut to your to your size and can fit waist sizes up to 50″. Primarily made with nylon, the Braided belt has a leather tip featuring the company’s logo.

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TaylorMade Tradition


The TaylorMade Tradition cap features a timeless combination of style and performance. Its constructed with pre-washed cotton twill and offers relaxed, adjustable closure. The front panel displays an embroidered logo and the back panel displays the TaylorMade brand mark at the fastener.

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Puma P 110 Snapback


Your favorite cap is now better than before. Flex-fit 110 technology has been combined with a antibacterial fabrication to help keep your cap fresh as can be for all day comfort. This structured hat features the “P” logo on the front. It’s a Puma classic.

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Adidas CodeChaos


The Adidas Code Chaos spikeless golf shoe provides a lightweight stable feel. It is constructed with a durable Adiwear rubber outsole that features Chaos Traxion with Twist Grip soft rubber. Code Chaos also sports a Torsion X stability bar that offers footing from the ground up and a responsive Boost midsole made with FitFoam. Comfort is found in its textile lining and an INSITE sockliner that also enhances balance. The textile upper provides water protection to keep your feet dry and comes with a 1 year waterproof warranty. Need more convincing? GOLF.com’s Kevin Cunningham wrote about what makes the Code Chaos a unique spikeless shoe here.

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A senior editor for GOLF.com, Zak joined the staff GOLF staff three weeks after college graduation. He is the utility infielder of the brand, spanning digital, print and video. His main duty is as a host for various GOLF.com video properties and its award-winning podcasts. When the Masters comes around, be sure to tune in to hear him and fellow staffers recount the most memorable tournaments in Augusta National history on A Pod Unlike Any Other.