The 8 Best Golf Umbrellas of 2021

The top protection against the elements on the course

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The Rundown

Best Overall: G4Free Automatic Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"Our top overall pick thanks to quality construction and lots of features at a low price point."

Best Budget: Vedouci Double Canopy Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"It has similar features of higher-priced options and a lifetime replacement guarantee."

Best Windproof: GustBuster Pro Series Gold Golf Umbrella at GustBuster

"Features a double-canopy design that's been tested in 55 MPH winds."

Best for UV Protection: Umenice UV Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"Repels more sun and keeps you cool due to the double-coated polyester fabric that's reflective on top."

Best Compact: Balios Prestige Travel Umbrella at Amazon

"Opens to around 40 inches in diameter for broad sun and weather protection despite its small size."

Best Oversize: G4 Free 68-Inch Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"Can provide shade and weather protection for you, your gear, and even some golfing partners."

Best Inverted: JATEN Inverted Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"The inverted design keeps water enclosed until you get to a place where it can safely dry out."

Best Splurge: Weatherman Golf Umbrella at Amazon

"Other umbrellas can be had for less, but this is an umbrella specifically designed for golfers."

Best Overall: G4Free Automatic Golf Umbrella

G4 Free Automatic Golf Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Sturdy and waterproof

  • Double canopy design

  • Can cover a group of three

What We Don't Like
  • On the heavy side

  • Doesn't close easily

The G4 Free is an affordable umbrella that’s good enough to be our top overall pick thanks to quality construction and lots of features at a low price point. Made from a silk-like 210T pongee fabric used especially in umbrellas, the G4Free blocks UV rays and repels water. A combination of stainless steel and lightweight fiberglass make up the frame which is conveniently available in 54-, 62- and 68-inch sizes. The vented design lets hot air escape and allows wind to pass through rather than sending your umbrella flying across the green.

This umbrella weighs 1.35 to 2 pounds depending on the canopy size. Note, however, that it doesn’t shrink vertically when closed, so the umbrella remains about 40 inches long, meaning those who need a compact umbrella should check out other options on this list. In addition to having most of the features you want in a golf umbrella, the G4 Free comes in 21 different color options, so you don’t have to settle for the standard black if that’s not your style.

Size: 54- to 62-inch diameter | Weight: 1.35 to 2 pounds

Best Budget: Vedouci Double Canopy Golf Umbrella

Vedouci Oversized Golf Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • UV protection

  • Double vent design

  • Automatic open and close mechanism

What We Don't Like
  • Water can leak through vents

This low-cost golf umbrella doesn’t skimp on features or design despite the price tag. Similar in features of higher-priced options, the Vedouci is a smaller, 55-inch vented umbrella with a Teflon-coated micro-weave fabric stretched across an all-fiberglass frame. The auto-open feature means you can pop the umbrella open with one hand if needed.

The 210T silk-like fabric is available in 16 different colors and patterns, so you can match your umbrella to your golf bag or even your golf outfit. On top of an affordable price tag, the Vedouci offers a no-return-required lifetime replacement guarantee so it could be the last money you ever spend on an umbrella.

Size: 62-inch diameter | Weight: Not listed

Best Windproof: GustBuster Pro Series Gold Golf Umbrella

GustBuster Pro Series Gold Double Golf Umbrella

 Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Double canopy design

  • Tested at the College of Aeronautics to withstand winds of 55+ mph

  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Cheap opening mechanism

Having an umbrella to shield you when things get windy is an important tool to have in your arsenal on the golf course. Luckily, the Pro Series Gold Umbrella from GustBuster can help. This 62-inch umbrella features a double-canopy design that's been tested in 55-mile-per-hour winds, so it won't flip or fold when the weather becomes turbulent. The canopy's nylon coating also keeps water out and the lightweight shaft is lightning resistant. Weighing under 2 pounds, the GustBuster umbrella is easy to carry, too. Choose from either black or navy blue colorways.

Size: 62-inch diameter | Weight: 1.85 pounds

Best for UV Protection: Umenice UV Golf Umbrella

Umenice UV Protection Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • UPF 50+ protection

  • Sturdy and wind resistant

What We Don't Like
  • On the heavy side

Any golf umbrella will provide some level of UV ray protection simply by blocking the sun, but if your search for an umbrella is driven by sun protection, it’s worth buying one expressly designed for that. The double-coated polyester fabric in this model is reflective on top, which not only repels more sun but keeps you cooler underneath. Using polyester instead of nylon also means that if it does rain hard on you, the material won’t stretch and sag the way nylon does.

In addition to being rated UPF 50+ and blocking 99% of UVA and UVB rays, the vented design allows hot air trapped under the umbrella to escape, making this a great umbrella for high heat and intense sun. The 60-inch arc provides 51 inches of coverage, blocking more sun in a medium-sized frame compared to other deeper umbrellas.

Size: 51-inch diameter | Weight: 1.68 pounds

Best Compact: Balios Prestige Travel Umbrella

Balios Travel Folding Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Automatic open and close mechanism

  • Sculpted wood handle for easier grip

  • Comes with a sleeve

What We Don't Like
  • Can flip inside out

Compact travel umbrellas don’t have to look and feel cheap, and that’s obvious in this stylish wooden-handled umbrella that’s only 14 inches long when closed. UK-based Balios not only touts its European aesthetic but also inspects the umbrella at 18 different points and offers a one-year warranty.

Made from tightly woven 300T fabric, the umbrella opens to around 40 inches in diameter for broad sun and weather protection despite its small size. Fiberglass ribs keep the total weight under a pound without sacrificing strength and wind resistance. There is also an automatic open/close button and an included storage sleeve for easy transportation.

Size: 40-inch diameter | Weight: 15.5 ounces

Best Oversize: G4 Free 68-Inch Golf Umbrella

G4Free Extra Large Golf Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Carrying case with a strap

  • Water resistant canopy with fiberglass frame

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't close easily

If you want an umbrella that can provide shade and weather protection for you, your gear, and even some golfing partners, consider this XL square umbrella from G4Free. At 68 inches, this umbrella is about as big as they come, and the square shape will help you stand out from the crowd of circular umbrellas all over the course.

The features here are largely the same as other umbrellas from G4Free: 210T water-resistant fabric, auto-open button, fiberglass frame, and a variety of colors. The 6.6 x 1.3-inch handle fits in most golf cart and bag umbrella holders, so you can keep your gear dry even when you’re playing through some inclement weather.

Size: 62 inch diameter | Weight: 1.32 pounds

Best Inverted: Sharpty Inverted Windproof Umbrella

Sharpty Inverted Windproof Umbrella

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Inverted design

  • C-shaped handle

  • Comes with carry pouch with shoulder strap that makes it easy to carry

What We Don't Like
  • The ring inside may loosen easily

An umbrella that keeps you dry for 18 holes but then dumps water all over you or your vehicle is no fun. However, the Sharpty umbrella closes inside out into a waterproof cone in an inverted design. In turn, this entraps water in a reverse collapsing mechanism so you don't have to worry about getting water droplets all over the place while closing the umbrella. It keeps the water stored until you get home and can properly dry the umbrella out.

Unlike some other umbrellas, this windproof umbrella opens from the top rather than the bottom, and it spans a generous 42 inches. It also features a unique C-shaped handle that makes it easier to hold it while freeing up your hands to hold groceries or take calls. Plus, the umbrella can withstand winds up to 60 miles per hour.

The compact size makes this a great storable umbrella to keep in your bag, so it’s ready even when you don’t think you’ll need it.

Size: 47 inch diameter | Weight: 1.15 pounds

Best Splurge: Weatherman Golf Umbrella

Weatherman Golf Umbrella

Courtesy of Weatherman

What We Like
  • 62-inch span

  • UPF 50+ protection

  • Wind resistant and water repellant

What We Don't Like
  • Large size might make it hard to store on certain occasions

The Weatherman Golf Umbrella is actually designed by a weatherman: Fox News’ Rick Reichmuth designed the first prototypes after being unable to find an umbrella that met his standards. While its price tag is more than triple what you’ll pay for some of our other picks, there are little touches that may make it worth the money for golfers who want the best. 

Besides nailing the basics such as wind resistance up to 55 mph and 50+ UPF protection, the Weatherman Umbrella has silicone-coated ribs suitable for hanging a towel or jacket out of the weather and a large mesh pocket for additional dry storage. Other umbrellas can be had for less, but this is an umbrella specifically designed for golfers. No wonder it was Golf Digest’s top pick for the past three years in a row.

Size: 62-inch diameter | Weight: 2.7 pounds

Final Verdict

When you are up against Mother Nature, you’ll want the best protection possible from the elements. The G4Free Automatic Golf Umbrella (view at Amazon) is our best overall pick for its sturdy design that offers a lot of features without breaking the bank. With its sleek design and 62-inch diameter and SPF 50+, this umbrella will shield you from rain and sun alike. If you’re comfortable paying a bit more, the Weatherman Golf Umbrella (view at Weatherman) offers comparable features in addition to being able to withstand winds of up to 55+ miles per hour. For a more budget-friendly option, there’s the Vedouci Oversized Golf Umbrella (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in a Golf Umbrella

Compactness

If you have a ton of room in your bag to fit a whole umbrella, that’s one thing—but if you’re running a little low on space, a compact umbrella is what you'll want. You can find ones that weigh only a pound and fold down to just under a foot long.

Weather

Umbrellas offer more than just rain protection. Some are specially designed to shield you from the wind as well, and if the sun is going to be more of a threat to your wellbeing on the course, then look for one with UV protection.

Cost

Golf umbrellas can pretty much be as expensive as you want them to be—with varying degrees of quality—so it’s good to look at cost-per-use to determine just how much you want to spend. Golf a lot? Go for an umbrella that will hold up. Not so much? A budget option might be your best pick—there’s always the 19th hole if the weather gets really bad.

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