Best Golf Cart Speakers
I remember when my dad first took me out on the golf course. I couldn’t have been much more than four or five years old, and I was nothing more than a caddy who carried his clubs and tended the flag. It was my first exposure to the game I now love as much as […]
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I remember when my dad first took me out on the golf course. I couldn’t have been much more than four or five years old, and I was nothing more than a caddy who carried his clubs and tended the flag. It was my first exposure to the game I now love as much as anything.
Not knowing any better I talked when I wasn’t supposed to, and inevitably cost everyone in the group a few shots with my antics. I got a stern talking-to and quickly learned that golf was a game of good manners, respect, and absolutely no noise was to be made during someone’s shot.
My how times have changed. Golf has become a lot more relaxed since then, and now it’s commonplace for shirts to be untucked and to have music playing from your cart or golf bag. I couldn’t be happier about this evolution and like to drop a beat when I’m out on the course.
But I’m still on the search for the right speaker to pair with my smartphone so that everyone can hear Stairway to Heaven on the first tee.As a result, I did what I always do, and asked our Golfer’s Authority audience for their top recommendations for the best golf cart speakers.
Here are their top picks.
Top 10 Best Golf Cart Speakers
Precision Pro Ace Smart Speaker
Serious golfers know the importance of taking in all the information they can before they pull the trigger. While most of us might not go into the depth of detail that Tour caddies do, we like to know as much as we can about the shot in front of us. Thankfully, rangefinders have largely taken guessing the correct yardage out of the equation. But other than that, we’re more or less left to our own devices.
Thankfully, the Precision Pro Ace Smart Speaker takes a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. And you can play your favorite music too. If you’re looking for a total experience that provides all the pertinent information, speeds up play, and makes golf more fun, this speaker is right up your alley.
Ampcaddy Version 3
The new and improved Ampcaddy 3 was a consensus pick in the golf cart speaker category. It attaches easily to the frame of any golf cart and has a battery life that should last at least two and up to four rounds. This speaker’s sound quality is crystal clear, and the bass is better than other speakers of its kind.
What’s more is this speaker is waterproof so matter what kind of conditions you’re playing in, you can always jam to your favorite tunes. The Ampcaddy Version 3’s warranty is also one of the best in the business. It’s guaranteed for two years.
Ultimate Ears BOOM 3
One of the most popular speakers on the market is the Ultimate Ears Boom 3. This speaker is waterproof, dustproof, and shock resistant. There isn’t much you can’t throw at it.
Along with being one of the more durable options, the Boom 3 has a Magic Button that lets you play your favorite songs, skip ones you don’t like, and pause whenever you feel like it. Sleek, modern, and built to last, this speaker is a popular choice.
Bushnell Wingman GPS Golf Speaker
More than anything, Bushnell is known for making world-class optics and rangefinders. But the Bushnell Wingman GPS Speaker is a top-notch product too. Not only will this unit play your favorite music, it’ll give you accurate yardages too. When you get to your ball and need a yardage, just hit the button on the remote control and the music will soften, and the GPS will give you the numbers to the front, middle, and back of the green.
The unit attaches via a Bite Technology magnet that sticks to any metal surface. Ten hours of battery life ensure the Wingman will last an entire round. If you’re looking for more than just another speaker, the Bushnell Wingman is it.
Puma Sound Chuck
One of the most compact speakers on the market is the Puma Sound Chuck. It fits easily inside the pocket of your golf bag for storage and in the cupholder of any cart when you’re out playing. You can also attach the frame of a golf via a magnetic clip. Sound quality is better than average. Most golfers find that turning it up to 65%-70% is plenty loud to be heard out on the course.
It also has one of the longest lasting batteries around – up to 30 hours. One of the best values you’ll find, we recommend this speaker.
Bose SoundLink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker
When it comes to speakers in general, Bose sits at the top of the mountain. The SoundLink Portable Bluetooth Speaker is no exception. Golfers say the sound quality of this speaker is unmatched. That’s due in large part to technology that employs passive radiators and a transducer that’s custom mounted.
The unit itself fits in the palm of your hand. It fits perfectly in a cup holder and can be stored in the ball pocket of your golf bag. It’s also waterproof. Even though the Bose SoundLink Portable Bluetooth Speaker is one of the more expensive options on the market, it’s worth every penny.
Ultimate Ears Megablast Portable Waterproof Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Speaker
The sound quality with this speaker is second to none. The sound is deep and clear and projects 360 degrees.
It also comes with Amazon Alexa included. So not only can everyone in your group play their music, you can call the clubhouse and order lunch at the turn from hole seven.
Everything function with this speaker is operated hands free. You don’t have to worry about finding a remote or pressing any buttons. With an IP67 rating, it can even be submerged in water for up to a half hour.
One of the most high-tech speakers on the market, you can’t go wrong with the Megablast from Ultimate Ears.
JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Most speakers are designed to attach golf carts or fit in the cup holder. So, what are you supposed to do if you like to walk and want to listen to music? The JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the answer. This small speaker attaches anywhere on your golf bag with an integrated carabiner.
A built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery is included and can last up to ten hours. That should be enough for two rounds.
A rating of IPX7 means this speaker will work in all kinds of weather and you don’t have to worry if you accidentally spill something on it. Also included is a speakerphone. With the touch of a button, you can make and receive phone calls. Because this speaker is meant for golfers that walk, it’s more than durable.
Amazon Basics Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
One of the best values for a golf cart speaker is the Amazon Basics. And it puts out quite a sound considering its size.
Golfers report excellent sound clarity. That’s due to the new technology this speaker employs called 2.1 + EDR.
If you have a device that doesn’t have Bluetooth capability, don’t worry. This speaker comes with an auxiliary cable to connect your device with the speaker. Extras include a carry bag and plenty of colors and designs to choose from.
GROK Portable Wireless Golf Speaker
Two speakers are better than one. That’s exactly what you get with the GROK Portable Speaker. All you have to do is take it out of your golf bag and clamp the metal braces to the frame of your golf car.
The GROK is waterproof and dustproof, so you don’t have to worry about the elements getting to it. Lasting up to six rounds, this speaker is a quality option for any golfer.
Frequently Asked Questions
There’s a lot of variability when it comes to golf cart speakers. While they all play music, their other functions and amenities are different. For those reasons, there are some common questions that golfers have when it comes to golf cart speakers.
Is Music Even Allowed on the Golf Course?
Back in the day, the thought of someone playing music on the golf course was ludicrous. That was then and this is now. Today, music is widely accepted at most golf courses. With that being said, there’s a sense of decorum that’s expected when it comes to music. As an example, it probably isn’t a good idea to be bumping Tupac and Biggie full blast on the range during Ladies’ Day.
When you’re out on the course, it’s completely fine to play your music loud enough so that it can be heard by everyone in your group. But if it’s so loud that golfers three fairways over are singing along, you might have an issue.
How Much Do Golf Cart Speakers Cost?
This depends on the speaker. At the highest end, anything made by Bose is going to be on the higher end. There are also plenty of budget options out there like the Amazon Basics Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.
Like anything though, you get what you pay for. It’s a good idea to do your own research and read some consumer reviews before you decide which golf cart speaker is best for you.
How Long Do Golf Cart Speakers Last?
The life of a single charge for a golf cart speaker depends on what you buy. Some only last for a single round while others can last three rounds or more before they need to be recharged. If battery life is an important factor for you, make sure you read the fine print before you make a purchase.
As far as the physical speaker itself, most are built to last and withstand the outdoor elements. The best ones are water, dust, and shockproof. With that said, you should still take care of your speaker, just like you would your $500 driver.