Cigars and golf can pair together as well as cigars and cognac. As a social sport that can be played with friends and client, enjoying a cigar as well can help heighten the overall experience. However, choosing the most adapted cigar for the occasion can be challenging.
In this guide, see our recommendations of the Best Cigars For Golf:
- Fuente Fuente OpusX
- Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí
- Avo Improvisation
- Nub Connecticut
- My Father Le Bijou 1922
- J.C. Newman Perla del Mar
- Montecristo White Series
- Davidoff Nicaragua
- Cohiba Robusto
- Camacho Connecticut
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What Are The Best Cigars For Golf?
Before you discover the Top 10 Cigars For Golf, we just want to highlight that the cigars aren’t in any order of preference. Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks for when smoking on the golf course.
Similarly, feel free to leave a comment if you have a personal favourite or feel that we left something out!
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Although we admit that Fuente’s celebrated range is featured in every top 10 list in most publications, the OpusX is an excellent choice for when playing golf. Thanks to a carefully balanced blend, this Dominican puro is perfectly suitable for outdoor smoking.
It’s one of the pricier options on this list so it’s best reserved for when you’re playing golf on a special occasion. Nevertheless, its harmonious flavours of exotic woods and spices are extremely pleasant even when digging around in the rough.
"Richly flavoured yet balanced for outdoor smoking, the Opus X is a great choice for when playing golf."
Alternatively, we would suggest the Black Market Estelí by Alec Bradley as a much more affordable option. Rich and flavoursome, it’s excellent for when outdoors as you won’t lose on the flavours.
It’s particularly suited to golfing in hot and dry climates as the blend is composed of thick and oily tobacco that won’t degrade under the sun. As you’ll learn in this guide, the cigar that you choose for golf should be adapted to the environment where you play.
2020’s Improvisation blend by Avo may be a limited edition, but it’s an excellent choice for on the golf course. Its slender format and balanced flavours of spice are versatile for a variety of occasions.
If you’re looking for an elegant cigar that’s slightly cheaper than the Opus X, the Avo Improvisation is a great choice. Furthermore, it’s very friendly for beginners if you wish to share with your buddies.
The Nub Connecticut is one of the most versatile cigars that you can buy. Thanks to a flawless construction and flavoursome blend, it never disappoints. Furthermore, it’s quite affordable and can be picked up for peanuts when you catch it on sale.
We have had issues with the Nub Connecticut in dry heat so it isn’t very tolerant to golf courses in the desert. However, this is a rare occurrence.
One of the biggest benefits of the Nub Connecticut is that you can smoke it at your own pace. The large ring gauge means that the frequency and strengths of your draw can change the smoking time. Slow smoking can greatly lengthen the experience.
However, you can puff away and finish it surprisingly quickly. Similarly, it doesn’t go out easily so you will rarely need to relight it after setting it down.
Paying homage to his own father, José “Pepin” Garcia produced a full-bodied blend thanks to its rich Habano Oscuro-Oscuro wrapper. Opting for the larger vitolas will give you ample smoking time over the course of several holes at the very least.
Thick in both oils and flavour, it’s excellent for keeping you warm in the cold or resisting the dry heat of golfing in the desert. Therefore, it’s a versatile and enjoyable cigar for golfing.
The Perla del Mar by J.C. Newman is currently one of our favourite cigars as it’s incredibly versatile and offers excellent value for money. We particularly enjoy it in the morning with a coffee when getting into the groove on Bespoke Unit content.
However, it shines on the golf course whether you’re having an early start or playing later in the day. Furthermore, it can be very cheap when you buy a full box and occasionally it can be picked up on sale.
Therefore, it’s also a great one to buy in bulk if you’ll be smoking with friends while playing. Although it can be sensitive to low humidity, it’s a refreshing cigar that won’t overwhelm you if you’re smoking in the heat.
Another beginner-friendly cigar, the Dominican Montecristo White Series is a smooth and enjoyable blend that comes in a variety of vitolas. It’s a veritable classic and a favourite among novices and seasoned enthusiasts alike.
Despite a relatively mild body, it’s still quite tolerant to low humidity. Therefore, if you’re concerned about being overwhelmed by a full-bodied cigar under the sun, consider the White Series as a milder alternative.
In the review linked above, we compared it with the White Series Vintage Connecticut. However, we’d sooner pick the original White Series for golf since the Vintage tends to have more personality, which may be distracting when trying to concentrate.
A Nicaraguan puro made by Davidoff, this Discovery Pillar blend’s filler features Estelí Ligero and Visus primings as well as Ometepe Visus and Condega Ligero. Meanwhile both the binder and the wrapper consist of Habano Jalapa tobacco.
It’s a gourmand and spicy cigar with a rich mineral flavour for an experience that’s balanced yet full-bodied. Like the Opus X, it’s a very premium option, especially for the golf course.
Therefore, it’s best reserved for special occasions. Otherwise, we would suggest opting for something either less distracting in flavour or waiting until afterwards to enjoy the cigar.
- Filler: Cuba Puro
- Binder: Cuban Puro
- Wrapper: Cuban Puro
- Preferred Vitola: 4⅞ x 50 Robusto
- Assembly: Partagás [Havana Vieja, Cuba]
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium
- Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
- Pricing: $21 / Single
If you’re playing golf with a client and want to sweeten the deal, what better way than sharing a few prestigious Cohiba cigars? Although the same blend as the regular Siglo line, the cigar has been made into a format that caters to the American market.
After all, thin Corona and Lonsdale are a rarity today. Similarly, narrow ring gauges aren’t well suited to playing golf as it’s easy to puff too hard while walking. This can lead to the cigar getting hot and ruining the experience.
Therefore, the Cohiba robusto is an excellent choice when playing a few rounds and wanting to impress a client.
Another cheap and cheerful Connecticut blend, Camacho’s approach leans towards bolder flavours. It’s mild enough for novice smokers yet can pique the interest of more experienced cigar enthusiasts.
Unlike the other Connecticut cigars listed in this guide, the Camacho smokes a little slower. Therefore, you can savour the experience for longer. Nevertheless, you can benefit from the thinner leaves that won’t go out if you set the cigar down for too long.
How To Choose The Right Cigar For Golfing
The above recommendations are far from definitive. Indeed, there are many other cigars that would be wonderful accompaniments during your golfing experience.
However, there is a surprising amount of considerations to bear in mind when choosing the right cigar to take with you on the golf course.
Complexity & Focus
First of all, it’s important to remember that you’re undertaking a sport that requires skill and concentration. If you add to it the social side as well as a cigar, it can become pretty distracting!
Therefore, think about the cigar’s characteristics and what effect that may have on you. A particularly complex cigar may end up being more of a hindrance as it could potentially distract you from your flow.
Similarly, if it’s a premium cigar, will you be able to grant it all the attention that it deserves? There are many affordable options that offer wonderful experiences. It might be a shame to miss out on its full potential because you keep setting it down or you’re thinking about the game.
For this reason, we have mostly suggested affordable cigars bar a couple of exceptions. While they’re all fantastic, it isn’t a catastrophe if you miss out on their nuances.
If you’re able to focus on both the cigar and your technique, that’s perfectly fine. Nevertheless, some people may struggle to multitask.
One of the most fundamental considerations to think about is the climate and its weather. There are golf courses all over the world with varying environments from foggy St Andrews to the deserts of Nevada.
Needless to say, the climate will have an effect on your cigars! Therefore, it’s important to choose wisely as it can affect your experience.
For instance, the dry desert can wreak havoc on tobacco. We’ve known some cigars to effectively disintegrate in our hands! Meanwhile, wet and humid climates can cause cigars to go out, which is frustrating, to say the least.
Hearty, full-bodied cigars with thick and oily ligero leaves tend to fare better in dry environments as they can resist the low humidity. Yet, dampness can cause them to go out or require a lot of work to stay lit.
Conversely, delicate cigars with thin and mild tobacco will quickly dry out when exposed to dry heat. As a result, they can have a very hot and bitter burn or simply fall apart. Nevertheless, they can endure wet weather far better than heavy cigars.
In mild, temperate climates, the above plays a much smaller role. That being said, keep it in mind if you play golf in extreme environments.
Indeed, the weather factors we detailed are closely related when considering the season. However, there are a few more things to bear in mind.
Firstly, think about the character of the cigar and its effects when you smoke it. A bold and full-bodied cigar may be too heavy in the searing heat. Yet a mild cigar would be quite refreshing. Meanwhile, a full-bodied cigar would bring welcome warmth if you’re out in the cold!
Frustratingly, this advice contradicts what we suggested as cigars most adapted to smoke in those situations. Nevertheless, it’s worth keeping it in mind if you want to smoke something that brings the most enjoyment.
Similarly, each season has its own natural smells and sensations. Like pairing a cigar with cognac, it can heighten the overall experience. Are you playing during springtime? Perhaps consider a cigar blend that’s quite aromatic and floral.
Alternatively, if it’s the autumn or fall, a cigar with balanced woody flavours would be evocative of the season’s golden colours and falling leaves. Otherwise, a spicy cigar during winter brings out the comforting Hygge notions of mulled wine and a roaring fire.
Time Of Day
Although not entirely independent of either the season or climate, the time of day may play a role as well. Throughout the day, our olfactive receptors are bombarded by stimuli. As a result, the senses will dull and require stronger stuff in the evening to have the same effect as during the morning.
Conversely, a particularly full-bodied cigar may be overwhelming in the morning but thoroughly enjoyable as a digestif after dinner.
For this reason, we tend to opt for milder cigars in the morning and increase the intensity as it gets later. As a result, the cigars are better suited to the palate and far more enjoyable. You can check out the following guides to compare the cigars that we suggest for every time of day:
Be mindful of when you’re playing and choose accordingly. Needless to say, the climate and season may limit your choice. However, the weather changes throughout the day. Therefore, a mild cigar that would be unsmokable in sweltering dry heat in the afternoon may be perfectly fine first thing in the morning.
Ring Gauge & Vitola
Finally, think about the cigar’s format and how well adapted it is for the golf course. The first and most obvious factor is the cigar’s smoking time, which is linked to both the length and ring gauge.
Opt for a cigar that’s going to last long enough for the time you want. Needless to say, it doesn’t need to endure throughout the entire course but you don’t want to be left wanting either. Toros and Gordos will last a good few hours and will usually satisfy your needs.
Conversely, you may just want a short smoke so a Robusto would be enough. Alternatively, you could always bring several Robustos of different blends for a range of experiences throughout the game. You can learn more about their formats with our cigar vitola guide.
Golfing is an active sport despite what some people may say. As a result, you won’t be smoking at the same pace as if you were sitting in a lounge. You’ll likely take hard draws, which may be more regular.
As such, it’s best to avoid thin cigars with small ring gauges. These have a tendency to heat up when smoked too quickly, which results in bitter flavours and hot, unpleasant smoke. Consider wide cigars instead as they are more forgiving.
On a similar note, try to choose a sturdy and robust cigar that can take a little punishment. At the very least, you’ll be regularly setting down and picking up the cigar. You may also drop it or hold it in your mouth longer than usual.
Delicate cigars may easily get damaged and that would ruin your overall experience.
Cigar Tips When Playing Golf
If you take cigars with you on the golf course, here are a few tips to avoid some common pitfalls and unpleasant experiences.
Golf is very much a courtesy and etiquette-driven game. A golfer isn’t just judged by his skill but also as a gentleman. It thus stands to reason that you ask the people around you whether it’s okay to smoke.
Rarely will anyone say no but they will appreciate the gesture even if they’re not overly fond of the smell.
Similarly, bring enough cigars to share if you’re in a group. Hopefully, every else will be likeminded and will have thought of bringing their cigars. Likewise, remember to bring some if it’s expected rather than waiting for somebody to give you one.
If it has been organised beforehand that somebody will be bringing cigars, you should at the very least bring a lighter and cutter! However, you may want to bring a few cigars yourself so you can return the gesture.
Enough To Smoke
As mentioned above, we suggested choosing a vitola that’s large enough for the desired smoking time. Similarly, ensure that you bring enough cigars to smoke! It would be a shame for someone to be left out or even run out during the course.
Try to anticipate this issue by bringing slightly more cigars than needed. Hopefully, you’ll have some spare for next time! If you do, make sure that you have somewhere to store them until then.
Earlier, we talked about how cigars may take a beating while playing golf. Another natural element is the wind, the cigar smoker’s worst enemy!
Delicate cigars with thin tobacco can quickly experience burning issues in strong wind. However, no cigar is invulnerable to strong gusts.
You can try to curtail the issue by using your surroundings as a makeshift shelter. Yet, outside of a caddy, your options are somewhat limited on an open golf course!
Nevertheless, you can at least bring a suitable lighter that will work well in windy conditions, which we cover in more detail below.
Cigars Going Out
Whether in the wind or a perfectly still day, your cigar may go out from time to time. Unfortunately, it’s a simple reality if you’re neglecting it while taking your swing.
This issue is one of the reasons we refrain from recommending premium cigars as it’s a shame to relight them. Nevertheless, if you’re quick to relight it, it shouldn’t affect the quality too much.
Otherwise, opt for lighter blends that use thinner leaves like seco and volado. These tend to burn for longer when neglected whereas cigars that contain a high concentration of thick, oily leaves like ligero tend to go out. To understand what we mean by these terms, our guide to cigar anatomy will help.
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How Did We Rank These Cigars?
Every cigar featured in this guide has been formally tested at the very least or fully-reviewed on Bespoke Unit. Therefore, nothing in the list above hasn’t been sampled by us in a way that doesn’t analyse the cigar and its qualities.
When testing a cigar, we use the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula, a quantifiable review matrix that we developed for ensuring that our reviews are balanced and standardised.
It has been incorporated into all of our reviews for over a year. Yet, we still revise it in order to ensure that it is properly optimised.
As a result, you can be confident that the cigars included in this guide have all been casually considered rather than listed at random.
Firstly, did we miss anything out? Feel free to let us know in the comments below! Otherwise, now that you’ve seen the best cigars for golf, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?