Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life, but playing out in the open can get pretty warm in the summer months, or if you live in a tropical country. Most golf courses also have dress code requirements which include proper pants and collared shirts, so you can’t just wear a light cotton shirt or shorts to help reduce the heat. This is where a golf cooler bag comes in handy.
Nothing beats a cold drink in hot weather, and golf cooler bags are designed to keep your drinks cold or your snacks fresh. While they might not be able to keep your drinks cold as long as actual cooler units, they make up for it with size and convenience, as most are compact enough to fit within a large golf bag’s side pocket, or attach to a cart style golf bag through clips. Buying food and drinks on the golf course can be expensive and really rack up a bill in the long run, so an inconspicuous cooler can be useful for when you need to ‘sneak’ food and drinks in.
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Types of Golf Bag Coolers
There are several types of golf bag coolers on the market, so it can be a daunting task to select the right one. To help you choose the best option to fit your lifestyle, we’ve broken down each one with a list of features, pros and cons.
Most people think of the built-in cooler design when they think about golf bag coolers. These are typically smaller cooler bags that have been ‘built in’ to a larger golfing bags, so you won’t need to buy two separate bags. They are usually small and space saving – good for personal use or an intimate match with a few friends – but not for keeping drinks for large groups. Despite the name, the cooler is not truly built-in, as it has to be easily removed for cleaning and to empty out melted ice. Because of their compact dimensions, insulation thickness and ice retention capability suffers, so your drinks will typically keep cold for only a couple of hours at most. Another downside is size, as in order to accommodate the internal cooler, the overall golf bag has to be much larger. This bulk will take up more space in the golf cart or vehicle, and also make it heavier.
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Golf bags can be expensive, so some users might prefer just getting an add-on for their existing units. These are made to mount or hang off of the side of your traditional golf bag, and are therefore much more flexible in terms of shape, size and design. They can be square to fit into larger golf bags, or long and slender to free up more space. Their versatility means that they can be detached and used as a cooler at other events, not necessarily just on the golfing range. The downside is that since they are quite inconspicuous, you won’t be able to hide the fact that you’re bringing in drinks.
Golf Cart Coolers
There are coolers that are designed to fit the cart rather than the bag, with a shape that allows them to comfortably sit inside the storage basket. The biggest advantage of this type is the large storage volume, which can typically fit a dozen or more cans – ideal for larger groups. However, as they need to be flexible to slide in and out of the cart easily, their insulation tends to be thinner so you get less ice life.
Key Features To Look Out For
Depending on your usage, you might want to go for a cooler with extra storage capacity.
Most regular coolers should fit six to eight cans of beer or soft drinks, with some space for snacks, while others are able to carry up to 12 packs to cater to large groups. However, one should note that the larger a bag is, the more difficult it will be to sneak in to a golf course that does not allow outside food and drinks to be brought in.
Design and Ease of Use
Golf equipment is pretty bulky on its own – you don’t need all that extra pounds weighing you down, especially if you don’t have the luxury of a cart. A good golf cooler should be compact and lightweight enough to walk around with on the green. They should be made of durable material and be easy to carry either over the shoulders or attached to a golf bag. The golf cooler bags should also be able to keep drinks and other accessories such as golf balls, keys and tees securely, without you having to worry about items spilling out onto the course. Look out for designs that have pockets, Velcro patches or zippers to keep contents in place when you move the bag.
Cooling Capacity / Insulation
Due to their relatively small size, golf coolers have to sacrifice on insulation in order to keep the bag compact and lightweight enough for carrying. They are therefore ideal for keeping drinks and snacks cool and fresh for four to five hours tops, rather than days on end.
Top 15 Golf Cooler Bags in 2020
|1. Stealth Golf Cooler Bag||Large handle and comfortable, adjustable and removable shoulder strap||$$||4.8|
|2. Clicgear Push Cart Cooler Bag (CGCB02)||Insulated lower pocket stores up to six cans||$$||4.8|
|3. Caddyswag Par 6 Pack Golf Bag Cooler||durable 300x600D polyester||$$||4.7|
|4. Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Hardbody Cooler||Ultra Safe leak proof lining||$$||4.6|
|5. Clicgear ProActive Push Cart Cooler Tube CGCT01||Holds two 12 oz cans or one 32 oz bottle||$$||4.6|
|6. Intech Golf Bag Cooler & Accessory Caddy||Two zippered pockets||$$||4.5|
|7. Callaway Golf Cart Cooler||Convenient Velcro top opening||$$||4.5|
|8. geckobrands 9 Can Hideaway Cooler||7″H x 5″w mesh pocket||$$||4.5|
|9. OGIO Chill 6-12 Can Cooler Bag||Zippered, insulated main compartment||$$||4.4|
|10. Caddy Daddy Golf 6 Pack Golf Bag Cooler||Removable shoulder strap||$$||4.3|
|11. ProActive Sports 6 To Go Beverage Cooler||Holds up to 6 cans or 3 bottled beverages||$$||4.2|
|12. StowCo Insulated Slim Travel Cooler||BACKPACK FRIENDLY||$$||4.1|
|13. PrideSports Cooler Bag||Insulated Lining||$$||4.0|
|14. FlexiFreeze Freezable Golf Bag Cooler||Accommodates FOUR 12-ounce CANS||$$||4.0|
|15. Coleman 3000001312 Cooler Soft 16 Can Gray W/ Liner||Zippered main compartment||$$||3.9|
Aptly named Stealth, this small but versatile cooler bag makes short order of your storage needs for golfing – easily fitting in beers, soft drinks, sandwiches, fruits, snacks and juices within its compact frame. Its use extends beyond the golf range, as it can also be used as a cooler for a car ride in the countryside, a short walk in the woods, or a hike up to your favourite picnic spot. Its inexpensive price tag makes the Stealth a value for money purchase that is guaranteed to help you save money on drinks and food from the golf club in the long run.
Design and Convenience
The Stealth boasts a simple and minimalist design, featuring a fully insulated main compartment with sealed liner to ensure that your drinks stay cold and frosty. A side zipper offers easy accessibility to the main storage compartment, and allows users to keep personal items or golf accessories securely. The large top handle is padded for comfort, while the adjustable and removable shoulder strap makes it easy to tote around. It is definitely much more portable than an ice chest, which you would require both hands to carry, and the nylon fabric is soft and non-abrasive.
Do note that the material construction is not very robust for rigorous use, especially when it comes to the hardware such as zippers, which have a tendency to break. The liner is also pretty thin and may leak water. To prevent leakage, we recommend buying ice packs for the bag (sold separately in packs of three), or placing the ice inside plastic freezer or storage bags.
The Stealth is lightweight at just 8.8 ounces and measures 14 inches in length by 8.5 inches wide and 4 inches deep, making it easy to fit into a larger golf bag without anyone noticing. It should easily hold up to six 12-ounce cans, with room to spare for a few golf balls or other accessories. The ice packs that you can purchase separately under the same brand are slim and fit well into the case, even with six cans. You might even use the cooler bag to store wine bottles, and it works well as a small cart carry-on cooler. If you have a small bag, fret not as the cooler bag features attachment points that you can hook it onto.
- Affordable and versatile
- Insulated main compartment stores up to six 12 ounce cans
- Comfortable, adjustable strap
- Top handle for easy carrying
- Fits discreetly into larger golf bags
- Comes with attachment points
- Thin liner, might leak without ice packs
- Flimsy hardware
Based in Hong Kong, Clicgear manufactures quality sports products, and they are especially known for their golf push carts, such as the 3.5+, 6 and 8 series. Their cooler bag is designed specifically to go along with their push carts, including the 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5+ models. Despite a few flaws, it still makes for a decent buy and handy storage for cold drinks and snacks.
Design and Convenience
The Clicgear cooler bag is made of waterproof nylon and insulation lining to keep drinks cold for up to five hours – perfect for a day out on the course. The bag features an insulated lower pocket that can store up to six cans, and an upper pocket with plenty of room for snacks such as fruit and sandwiches. There is also a mesh pocket designed to hold an ice pack. However, users should note that only the lower pocket is insulated, which many users find inconvenient. Some bypass the space limitations by getting rid of the divider altogether, which allows the bag to fit up to 9 cans or four tall cooler bottles – although this means that the cooler will not function as effectively. The liner is also thin and has a tendency to leak.
Another major grouse is the top lid. Rather than a zipper, the bag tries to make it more convenient to open by utilising a magnet mechanism. However, the design is such that when the bag is loaded and the weight causes the bag to slouch forward, the magnets come loose, exposing its contents to the elements. A nifty trick to minimise this from happening is to setup the Clicgear and strap the cooler bag in place before loading it. One plus side is that the bag tilts at a slightly downward angle, which means it is less likely to get in the way while you’re playing. Looks wise, the cooler bag is a sleek black with red trim and looks great attached to the cart.
The Clicgear measures approximately 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall and 6 inches deep. Removing the divider between the top and bottom compartments will provide more room, but the cooler loses its efficiency as only the bottom is insulated. It is fairly lightweight at 1.19 lbs. While still a fair purchase especially if you have an existing Clicgear push cart, it isn’t very discreet, so you won’t be able to sneak in your drinks or snacks easily, unlike cooler bags that you can fit into a larger golf bag.
- Designed for Clicgear push carts, easy to attach
- Roomy when divider is removed
- Keeps drinks cold up to five hours
- Might not work as well with other brands
- Only bottom is insulated
- Not discreet
- Magnets to secure top lid come loose when cooler bag is loaded
- Might leak
No more waiting for the beverage cart girl or paying for overpriced beverages at the golf course – Caddyswag’s Par 6 pack golf bag cooler is an inexpensive solution to storing cold drinks and snacks for the course on a hot day. Thanks to its superior insulation abilities, the cooler bag is able to keep beverages frosty for up to 10 hours – ideal for a round or two of golf, or even a day trip to the countryside.
Design and Convenience
An upgrade from its previous model, the brand new design now comes with a stronger, more durable zipper and tough 300 x 600D polyester construction with a one ounce PU coating. The insulation consists of thick, closed cell foam to keep drinks cold – although we recommend using the reusable flexible gel pack which comes with each purchase, as the bag tends to leak if you use regular ice. The slim design fits nicely into the shoe pocket of a golf bag, making it discreet, but is surprisingly roomy when you open up the main compartment. The adjustable shoulder strap also makes it convenient to carry around if you’re ever using it outside of the golf range.
The Caddyswag is lightweight at just 13 ounces and measures approximately 19 inches long by 8 inches wide – perfect for fitting six 12 ounce cans, or four bottles when laid flat. Its compact size makes it easy to fit anywhere, be it the shoe pocket of a golf bag, the inside of a boat, bike or stored in luggage.
- Keeps drinks cold for long periods of time
- Affordably priced
- Compact size, lightweight
- Discreet, easy to fit into golf bag’s side pocket
- Good storage capacity
- Durable zipper and tough build
- Comes with ice packs
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Leaks if ice packs not used
Subtlety is not the Titan’s strong point, as it is similar in design to traditional coolers that are large and boxy. As such, it is best used for golf courses that allow you to bring in outside food and beverages. There are advantages to this, as the cooler can be used for other activities such as camping, hiking or exploring the outdoors, and it also has a much larger capacity.
Design and Convenience
The Titan’s patented, “flip open” zipperless lid allows for quick access to food and drinks, in addition to keeping the cooler’s contents secure and protected from the elements. Its Deep Freeze high performance insulation with radiant heat barrier works by reflecting heat rather than absorbing it, and a triple layer cold blockbase creates superior cooling, ensuring that your drinks stay cool for longer periods of time. Despite the ‘claim’ that the coolers can last for several days with ice, a more realistic estimation would be around half a day. Users can also utilise the zippered accessory pocket for keeping items such as napkins, cutlery, keys, mobile phones and more.
Build wise, the Titan features a FDA compliant HardBody liner with removable Smart Shelf. This means that you can place snacks or beverage cans on top of the shelf, separating it from the ice beneath. Alternatively, keep soft items such as sandwiches and food on top so they won’t get crushed. The cooler’s Ultra Safe leak proof lining with Microban helps to protect against bacterial odours and stains, while the Rhino-Tech exterior is tough, as well as being stain, water and abrasion resistant, making it easier to clean. For added convenience, the adjustable Backsaver shoulder strap with shoulder pad provides comfort and centers load weight to reduce muscle stress. You also won’t have to lug the cooler around with both hands like you would a traditional unit.The cooler bag comes in three different colours to match your lifestyle, namely blue, moss or white.
The Titan comes in four sizes; able to accommodate 9, 16, 30 and 48 cans. The 30 can unit measures approximately 16.5 x 11 x 12.8 inches. As it is designed around cans, the Smart Shelf will have to be removed if you’re planning to fit in water bottles that are taller than your average can. Also, due to the zipperless design, avoid overpacking as it will compromise the cooler temperature, resulting in fast melting ice.
- Zipperless lid creates seal to maintain temperature
- Outside pocket for keeping accessories
- Smart Shelf allows soft foods to be kept separate
- Backsaver shoulder strap adds comfort and distributes load effectively for less stress
- Tough and durable Rhino-Tech exterior is water, stain and abrasion resistant
- 30 and 48 can sizes are large and bulky
- Ice coes not last as long as promised
- Traditional cooler design means you can’t sneak it in to certain golf courses
Affordable, functional and basic best describes Clicgear’s ProActive Cooler Tube – a no frills add-on to your Clicgear push cart that works well for keeping beverages cold for several hours while you’re teeing off on a hot day. It is compatible with all Clicgear and Rovic carts, as well as push carts with a one inch handle tubing, and comes with an accessory tab for mounting.
Design and Convenience
The ProActive is made of waterproof nylon with an insulated lining to keep drinks cold. Users will not need an ice pack, as ice can be placed directly into the tube, thanks to the waterproof liner. Two side mesh pockets on the exterior come in handy for keeping small items such as keys, sunscreen bottles and more, while the zippered lid offers easy access and keeps contents secure. Due to the long tube-like shape, it works well with both cans and bottles.
If you’re looking for a simple, compact cooler bag, the ProActive ticks all the boxes. Weighing just 6.7 ounces and measuring 4.75 inches by 11 inches, it holds up to two 12 ounce cans or one large 32 ounce bottle, and can even fit a bottle of wine. If you’ve used the previous model, however, you’ll notice that the new design is slightly shorter than the old version. While the tube’s capacity is much smaller than some other cooler bag models on this list, it should still suffice for individual use.
- Waterproof nylon construction allows ice to be placed directly into tube without leaking
- Works best with Clicgear and Rovic carts
- Includes accessory tab for mounting with other brands
- Mesh pockets on the exterior
- Tube shape is ideal for both cans and bottles
- New model slightly shorter in length than old version
- For individual use only, limited storage space
Don’t settle for a lukewarm drink – go for the Intech Golf Cooler, a nice accessory to add on to any golfer’s equipment. Its versatile design means that it can be used not just for the golf range, but also on hikes, camping trips or weekend excursions to the countryside.
Design and Convenience
The Intech features a rectangular shape that fits perfectly into the tray of a golf cart, and the inside has thin insulation to keep drinks cold for an 18-hole round of golf. There is also an internal pocket to put an ice pack in, if you don’t want to load the cooler directly with ice. Since the liner is waterproof, you won’t have to worry about leaking.
On the outside, the Intech features multiple pockets for added convenience, including a front pocket with zipper and Velcro at the top to keep valuables secure, a key holder, mesh pockets on each side for water bottles, and tee holders. The amount of pockets and compartments makes it handy to use as a lunch bag as well.
The Intech is easy to carry using the padded top handle or long shoulder strap, which can be slung around the shoulder like a sling bag. Alternatively, clip or strap the cooler onto a golf bag or cart. When it comes to build, however, there is room for improvement, as the quality does not seem very durable especially on the inside of the bag.
Despite being touted as able to hold up to ten 12 ounce cans plus ice, a more accurate estimation would be around eight cans, or six sli bottles. The bag itself measures about 12 inches by 9 inches by 8 inches, and weighs just 1.6 lbs.
- Decent insulation
- Multiple pockets for added storage functionality
- Highly portable
- Difficult to fit the promised 10 cans
- Poor quality material
A fuss-free solution to cold, refreshing drinks comes in the form of Callaway’s golf cart cooler. Good for larger groups and easy to use, all one needs to do is fill it up with ice or ice packs, place drinks or snacks within and you’ll have a handy cooler to bring to the golf course in no time.
Design and Convenience
The Callaway offers decent functionality, with an insulated, welded liner to help keep beverages cold. However, it can be a bit of a hit and miss, with the biggest complaint among users being the liner’s tendency to leak. As for design, the cooler bag fits perfectly in the basket of most riding carts, and you can easily pack it up into your golf bag after the session, thanks to its collapsing design. Alternatively, utilise the adjustable straps which are made for hanging off push carts, or increase the strap’s length to be carried over the shoulder like a sling bag.
One of the bag’s most convenient features is the top lid, which has both zippered access via the side and a Velcro top opening that offers quick access to the main compartment. This will also keep the contents secure, should the cooler bag topple over.
The Callaway is ideal if you’re golfing in a group with friends, as it holds up to twelve 12 ounce cans. When fully unfurled, the long tube shape measures 9 by 11 inches and can also fit tall water bottles, up to nine 750ml bottles. After you’re done, the cooler bag collapses to just three inches, so it can be stowed away easily in your golf bag. At just 3.52 ounces, the Callaway is also one of the most lightweight designs on the market.
- Compact storage and lightweight
- Easy to use
- Top lid has Velcro and zippered access
- Liner quality inconsistent
Headquartered in Michigan, US, geckobrands is known for its high value waterproof products and dry bag technology, catering to various outdoor products such as day packs, beach totes and of course, coolers. The name says it all – a compact ‘hideaway’ cooler you can easily slip into your golf bag’s shoe rack or side pocket to keep your drinks cold for several rounds of golf. It is also versatile enough for picnics and parties.
Design and Convenience
The geckobrand’s design is simple and no frills, with a 7 x 5 inch mesh pocket for bottle openers, keys and more, and a 7 x 5 inch zip pocket for valuables. The 2 way zipper allows users to open the cooler from the side or the top. The material features a coated polyester layer and a PEVA cooler lining, which is of good quality and effective at keeping drinks cold for several hours. However, the lining leaks if you turn it upside down, so the bag has to be kept upright. The cooler bag works like a tote, with a handle on the top for easy carrying, but it does not have a shoulder strap.
Sporting a tall, slim profile, the cooler allows you to ‘stack’ the cans on top of each other, and should easily hold several wine bottles as well. The compact dimensions, measuring roughly 7 by 3.5 by 16.5 inches and weighing 8 ounces fits well into the side pocket of a standard cart bag, or the bottom of a golf cart basket. The interior offers plenty of space to hold up to nine 12 ounce cans, with room to spare for ice packs.
- Spacious, good for large groups
- Good insulation
- Stealthy, fits into side pockets of golf bags
- 2-way zippers for easy access from top and side
- Leaks if the cooler is tilted
- Top handle only, no shoulder strap
Most if not all golf cooler bags look pretty basic, so it’s a refreshing change to have a soft-style cooler bag like the OGIO Chill, that you can tote around on picnics, at the beach or at a golf course that allows food and beverages. While not very stealthy, it fits great into golf cart baskets. The bag is available in either black or royal blue.
Design and Convenience
The OGIO is shaped like a squarish backpack, minus the straps. For a soft-shell bag, its main compartment has good insulation that will keep drinks frosty for hours on end. The compartment is accessed via zippers which open up the top lid like a clamshell. The easy leak-proof lining takes care of spills while dual side beverage and accessory holders offer quick access to bottle drinks or items such as tees, golf balls, keys or your smartphone. There is also a front zippered pocket which is perfect for snacks. The cooler comes with a padded top grab handle, but unfortunately lacks shoulder straps. It does, however, collapse down to a compact size for easy storage.
The OGIO is a small cooler that is well suited to solo users or small groups. At 8.7 by 6.4 by 11 inches, it fits around six to 12 units of 12 ounce cans, with room to spare for ice packs. It is also fairly lightweight at 11.2 ounces.
- Ideal for solo or small groups
- Mesh pockets at the side for storing accessories
- Front zippered pocket
- Zippered access from top
- Leak proof lining
- Good thermal retaining properties
- Not stealthy
- No shoulder strap
You don’t need an expensive cooler to fulfill your needs, as evidenced by the Caddy Daddy Golf 6 pack cooler. The company has a stellar reputation as a manufacturer of golf bags and premium accessories, and their 6 pack cooler is the ideal accessory for golfers to enjoy a cold beverage on the course. Its discreet design tucks away neatly into the side pocket of golf bags, so you can bring in your contraband beer and save on overpriced drinks. It also works well for other outdoor trips, such as weekend excursions to the park or beach, or for hiking and sporting events.
Design and Convenience
For the low price point, it’s hard to beat the Caddy Daddy in terms of convenience. The cooler boasts a side zipper for easy access to the main compartment, as well as a heat-sealed liner which prevents leaking – so you can even place ice cubes directly in with your drinks. Alternatively, utilise the reusable koozie-style ice pack which comes with the bag, by wrapping it around a single can or laid out flat against several cans. Meanwhile, the zippered exterior pocket comes in handy for storing snacks or small items such as golf balls and tees. The cooler bag can be holstered over the shoulder with an adjustable strap, or carried with the top handle.
Some downsides to the Caddy Daddy is the top zipper, which does not unzip all the way open, and the quality of the ice pack, which is rather thin and may not be more effective than just putting regular ice.
The Caddy Daddy measures 2.36 inches high and 6.3 inches wide, which means that the inside is fairly flush when you have a 12 ounce beer can in. There should be enough space of about 1 to 1.5 inches to place ice on the top or bottom when you have six beers fitted inside. The compact size makes it easy to hide in side compartments.
- Stealthy, good for sneaking in beverages
- Adjustable shoulder strap and top handle for better portability
- Comes with ice pack
- Leak-proof liner
- Decent insulation
- Top zipper does not open up all the way
- Ice pack is thin
One of the most affordably priced beverage cooler bags on this list, the ProActive Sports offers plenty of bang for your buck. Although basic in design, the cooler is effective and makes an ideal companion for sporting activities, be it golfing, baseball or football. Its versatility means that it can be taken on outdoor trips as well, such as hiking and camping. If you’re looking for an inexpensive unit for personal use, or to give as a gift, the ProActive is the way to go. Choose from several colour pairings, including the Black/Grey, Blue/Grey and Red/Grey.
Design & Convenience
The ProActive has good insulating capabilities, and should keep your beverages cold for several hours or up to the sixth round. The polyester material is very durable and will easily last for years, even with regular use. The tall, slim design is meant to be used by stacking cans on top of each other, as opposed to the side zipper design. Access to the main compartment is from the top, and the zippered closure keeps contents secure. Its compact frame means that you can easily slip the ProActive into your golf bag’s side pocket for added stealth or place it in the golf cart, while a top handle and adjustable shoulder strap allows you to carry it in different ways. You can also remove the strap entirely by detaching the clips, or attach them to your golf bag or backpack.
There are some downsides to its cylindrical profile, as toppling it over will cause the cooler to leak. Also, if you intend to keep sandwiches or other snacks, they will have to sit on top to avoid being crushed by the weight of the cans. The bag does not have any exterior or mesh pockets to keep small items such as tees or golf balls.
Weighing around 8 ounces and measuring 14 by 4 by 3 inches, the ProActive is a lightweight, compact unit that fits exactly six cans of 12-ounce beverages, or three bottled beverages. As such, it is best suited to personal use. When packed to maximum, the fit is rather snug and there might not be much place for ice, so those who intend to put in an ice pack or regular ice might only be able to carry up to five cans.
- Compact and lightweight
- Tall, slim profile
- Stealthy, easy to fit into golf bags
- Not much space
- Does not keep beverages cool for a long time
- No exterior pockets for extra storage
Hide your cold beverages in plain sight with the StowCo’s clever design. Departing from the usual square or cylindrical-shaped coolers which are made to slip into the side pockets of golf bags, the StowCo has a laptop-like appearance that is not only classy and functional, but is also less likely to attract questions about its contents. It can be used in a variety of activities, be it sporting events, for keeping lunch fresh at your office desk, as well as for picnics, hikes and day trips.
Design & Convenience
The StowCo features a molded EVA outer shell that is spill proof and waterproof, and its semi-rigid structure helps to protect glass or bottles from clinking against each other and breaking. The inside sports closed cell foam insulation, which is engineered to keep drinks cold for up to five hours without ice, as well as a smooth, waterproof TPU inner lining that is easy to wipe clean with a cloth. Rounding it off is a cold retaining zipper to ensure cold does not escape from the cooler so quickly.
The main downside for some users would be the fact that you will have to start with cold drinks. The cooler is not meant to be used with ice as it does not hold water beyond a little condensation moisture, and the zippers are not waterproof. This means that all beverages will need to be frozen or refrigerated before stowing them into the bag. One can use ice packs as well, provided they are thin enough to fit. That being said, the insulating properties alone should be good enough to keep drinks cold for several hours without the need for ice.
The Stowco fits up to 10 beer cans or six beer bottles snugly, and can also hold up to three wine bottles. The slim design means it can be stowed into a backpack. However, just like a laptop case, it has to be carried using the top handle, with no option for shoulder straps. It also lacks exterior pockets. The bag itself weighs around 1.3 lbs.
- Keeps drinks cool for up to five hours
- Unique laptop-like design is discreet
- Fits into backpacks, slim design
- Not recommended to be used with ice
- Drinks will have to be cold before putting them in
- Top handle carry only
- No exterior pockets for additional storage
If you’re looking for a basic cooler bag that will get the job done, consider the PrideSports. Compact and lightweight, it is able to keep drinks and snacks cool for several hours, and the small size makes it easy to sneak into the golf course.
Design and Convenience
The PrideSports features a rather conventional, squarish design with a zippered top lid that opens up almost all the way for easy access to the main compartment. The insulated interior keeps drinks cold but despite the heavy plastic lining to prevent water leakage when you place ice in, some users have found that the bag still leaks. To prevent this, use an ice pack when possible. It is, however, easy to clean.
There are convenient nylon-mesh pockets on each side of the bag, for keeping things you need to reach quickly such as sunscreen, a water bottle or gloves, while the front zippered pouch can be used for keeping golf balls. There is also a designated holder for up to three golf tees. Carrying the cooler bag is a breeze, as users can utilise the top handle to carry it tote-style, or sling it over their shoulders with the large adjustable strap. The plastic hook on the side can be strapped onto golf bags or carts, further enhancing its portability.
The cooler’s material quality can do with some improvement, especially when it comes to the hardware such as zippers, which are flimsy and have a tendency to break after a few uses.
The PrideSports claims to hold up to 12 cans plus ice, but we found that a more realistic estimation would be about six to ten cans, making it more suitable for personal use rather than catering for a large group. For a better estimation, the cooler bag measures approximately 12 inches high and eight inches wide by five inches deep, not including the side pockets. The compact size makes it easy to stow away into larger golf bags.
- Compact and lightweight
- Side mesh pockets for convenience
- Designated holder for golf tees
- Small capacity
- Flimsy material
If you’re not looking to invest in an expensive cooler but still crave good functionality, then the FlexiFreeze might just be the answer. Tall and slim, it is discreet enough to bring onto the golf course without anyone noticing, and spacious enough to accommodate several cans to last you a round of golf. The cooler comes in two colours, namely black or blue.
Design and Convenience
The FlexiFreeze’s highlight is its unconventional design and how it works. Unlike most coolers which require users to add ice or put in an ice pack to keep beverages cold, which often causes leaking and condensation, the FlexiFreeze already comes with 60 FlexiFreeze ice cubes built-into the sides of the cooler. These are made with purified, filtered water sourced from the United States which contain no chemicals. All the user has to do is place the bag in the freezer overnight, and be ready for their game the next day. The time it takes to freeze is the same as an ice cube. Granted, this means that the user will need to have a freezer at hand in order to fully utilise the FlexiFreeze.
The cooler bag itself is made from durable, easy-to-clean polyester material that can be easily wiped clean. Access is via a zippered closure on the top rather than the side, which can be inconvenient if you have it in hidden in a golf bag. There is also a small exterior pocket, but space is limited and only good for storing small items such as accessories, cards and keys.
As for insulation, the FlexiFreeze impresses with its long lasting cooler abilities, keeping contents cold for up to 10 hours, which is well past the 19th hole for a round of golf. Transporting it is a breeze as well, as it can be carried using the top handle, attached securely to the side of a golf bag, placed in the basket of the cart or slung over the shoulders via an adjustable strap.
The FlexiFreeze measures around 18.5 by 7 inches. Compared to some other cooler bags, its storage capacity is rather limited, as it is only able to carry four 12-ounce cans. The tall, cylindrical shape means that cans are meant to be stacked on top of one another.
- Unique mechanism, no need for ice or ice packs
- Good insulation
- Exterior pocket for accessories
- Versatile carrying options
- Small capacity, only holds four cans
- Requires overnight freezing
When it comes to the manufacture of camping and outdoor gear, Coleman is a name that needs no introduction. The brand’s 16-can cooler is good for large groups and can be used for all manner of outdoor activities, be it camping, hiking, kayaking or golfing. While not discreet due to its large size, the cooler will come in handy for golf rounds with friends at ranges where outside food and beverages are allowed. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your successful birdie – with a nice, cold and refreshing thirst quencher.
Design and Convenience
The Coleman features a traditional cooler bag design, and the main compartment is able to keep drinks and snacks fresh for up to several hours. Easily access the bag’s contents through the zippered top lid. Meanwhile, the soft exterior is held in place by the hard plastic liner, which has been treated with antimicrobials to resist odour, mold, mildew and fungus. The liner can also be removed for easy clean up and flexible packing. The front zippered dry storage pocket is handy for keeping things separate from the cooler, or for items such as fruit or sandwiches so they don’t get crushed. You can also keep your water bottles and sunscreen within reach with the two side mesh pockets.
Users will not have to worry about leaking as the cooler is pretty much leakproof, thanks to heat-welded seams. Large side handles make the cooler easy to carry, even when it is fully loaded, or simply opt to sling it over the shoulder using the adjustable straps.
At 7.9 by 12.5 by 12 inches, the Coleman is pretty large and able to fit up to 16 12 ounce cans of drinks. It is also tall enough to hold a standard 750 ml bottle of wine, up to six bottles. While larger than a standard lunch bag, so it won’t fit in the fridge, it is not overly big and meets size limitations for places such as the stadium.
- Large capacity
- Zippered top lid
- Removable liner for easy storage and packing
- Mesh pocket and exterior pouch for additional storage
- Easy to carry
- Bulky, not discreet