In this article we examine the best golf speakers for kids to use while playing golf. It is our experience that a small portable speaker with high quality sound is a great addition to a junior's bag and can significantly increase the chances of juniors wanting to get out on the course.
Music feeds the soul and it is great to enjoy some music with your loved ones or even by yourself on the course. The golf speakers in this article are ideal for riding in a golf cart and certain of the smaller speakers are also great for juniors to clip onto their bags while walking the course.
With so many options in the market, we have boiled the list down to only those speakers that offer the best value for money as it comes to great sound, ease of use, battery life, portability etc. Prices range from less than $50 ($), $50-$100 ($$) and over $100 ($$$).
These speakers make great birthday or holiday gifts and can be used for more than just golf. Our kids enjoy using their portable blue tooth speakers when riding their bikes, playing basketball outdoors, kayaking or on SUP boards, and when simply hanging out with friends. Many of the speaker reviewed in this article are easily attached to sports equipment like golf bags, bikes or SUP boards and some are also guaranteed to be waterproof!
Bose Sound Link Micro ($$)
Made from high quality silicone and rubber, the Bose Sound Link Micro speaker is less than 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep. It weights just 10 oz (the same as 6 golf balls), which makes it easy to carry anywhere. At just less than $100 this is reasonably affordable high quality option.
As with all Bose products, the sounds is excellent with great clarity a remarkably powerful bass for the size, perfect for playing your favorite songs on the golf course. Its uncanny ability to remain connected wirelessly from up to 30 feet or 10 yards makes it a top choice.
Bose advertises a lithium-ion battery life of 6 hours before requiring a recharge. Plenty of time to get in a round of golf and sit on the golf club patio listening to music afterwards. It should be noted that in testing at 50% volume the real battery time was about 5 hours.
The internal technology of the speaker is protected by silicone giving it a waterproof rating of IPX7 which means that it can withstand accidental submersion in 1 meter (3.3 feet) of water for up to 30 minutes. This impressive feature makes the Soundlink Mico perfect for the outdoors as it can withstand any type of weather, be immersed in water, snow, or get rained on and still function seamlessly. The tear resistant strap is designed to connect the speaker to most objects including a golf bag, bike handlebars, backpack, cooler, SUP board etc.
The rubber and silicone materials mean less seams and excellent protection against drops and bumps. This is a huge advantage for junior golfers since kids can be extra hard on equipment. The speaker can also be used as a bluetooth speaker for taking phone calls - which means that you can easily get in touch with your child if they are out on the course by themselves or with friends.
The Soundlink Micro app also allows a user to connect two speakers - even in a stereo mode set-up - making it perfect for an outdoor party where you need a little extra volume and want speakers set up a fair distance apart.
JBL Flip 4 ($$)
Our next speaker is the the JBL Flip 4 which has a waterproof rating of IPX7 and can link up to 100 speakers of the same brand, simultaneously. The speaker is wrapped in a protective rubber cover that boosts its durability. At around $90 or less, this speaker is excellent value for money.
The JBL Flip 4 is 2.8" wide by 6.9" tall and weighs 1.1 lbs. While it is a bit too big to carry if you are walking the course, it is a perfect shape and size to fit into most golf cart cup holders or in the basket at the back of the golf cart. The larger size does mean louder and better sound than the smaller speakers and also better battery life.
Dual external bass radiators are situated on the sides providing unbelievably loud bass and 2 X 8 watts in output power.
With integrations for Google Assistant and Siri, the CR2 battery that the device comes with allows you to enjoy your favorite playlist for up to 12 hours. Note, the JBL Flip 5 which is a newer model, has slightly better sound but is slightly larger and also costs about 50% more than the Flip 4.
Overall this is a great option for golf carts, around the pool, parties, the beach etc. It is rugged enough to stand up to some rough use by kids and you will love the sound from it.
Ultimate Ears (UE) Wonderboom 2 ($$)
With customers that include Coldplay, Rita Ora, Sir Paul McCartney and Sam Smith, the Ultimate Ears (UE) line of speakers are high quality, great sounding devices. Owned by Logitech, the company has taken high tech and translated it into portable, relatively inexpensive speakers that are rugged and designed for everyday use.
The UE Wonderboom 2 is the smallest and most portable of the UE speakers line. But don't be fooled by the size, this little speaker has excellent sound quality that is both crisp and bassy. The sound is specifically tuned for outdoor listening with 360 degree sound direction. At less than $80 this is great value for money.
This little speaker is 4" wide by 4" high and weighs about 15 oz which is not quite as light as the Bose Sound Link Micro but still easily carried when walking the course. It has an IP67 waterproof rating which means is can be submerged in 3 feet of water temporarily (it also floats) and is dust/dirt proof.
The Wonderboom 2 can also be paired with another speaker for stereo sound but does not have a microphone so cannot be used for phone calls or voice assistance. The elastic strap is easy to use to attach to a golf bag or other object. Overall this is an extremely rugged speaker and is a great option for kids who can be tough on devices.
UE Mega Boom 3 ($$$ option)
If you are looking for a larger top of the line speaker that compares with the larger Bose and other high quality speakers, we recommend considering the UE Mega Boom 3.
The Megaboom 3 has superb audio quality, an appealing structure, and long battery life. If you don't mind spending a bit more, the UE Mega Boom 3 is one of the best golf speakers you can invest in. Along with great sounds, it has a battery life of 20 hours. With crisp, clear sounds that are all-rounded, the Mega Boom 3 is large but portable. This is not a carry speaker but fits easily into a golf cart - but be warned to keep the volume down or they will hear you from three fairways over!
Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($)
With a reputation for churning out top-notch, budget-friendly golf speakers, Anker is one of the best brands in the industry. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the Anker SoundCore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker generates crisp, clear sound in a beautifully compact design, not to mention long battery life.
At less than $50 and almost 5,000 4.5 star ratings, this is an excellent choice for a budget speaker that still has great sound. It is approx. 7x2x2 inches in size and weighs 13 oz making it easy to carry, but a bit too large to attach to a golf bag. The shape does, however, make it a perfect size to slide into a golf bag pocket and it also fits easily into most golf cart cup holders.
The SoundCore 2 features up to 24 hours of easy portability, playtime, and tip-top quality sound, which makes it a simple and fun gadget to use on the golf course as well as on the club patio after the round. The Bluetooth 4.2 connection works well with most devices including your tablet and smartphone and provides a stable connection up to 60 feet away.
The SoundCore is IPX5 rated which means you cannot submerge it in water but it is resistant to some rain on the course. For a relatively small speaker the Soundcore 2 puts out a loud 12W of sound.
OontZ Angle 3 ($)
With a price tag of just $30 the OontZ Angle 3 is an excellent choice for a budget speaker that has great sound (good clarity and 10W output), a long battery life (14-hours at 2/3 volume), and is water-resistant (an IPX5 certification). In addition, the Oontz Angle 3 is just 5 X 2.5 X 3 inches in size and weighs only 9 oz.
Other technology includes a built in mic and fast Bluetooth connection with a range of up to 100 feet. The chic and light design makes it a breeze to carry around the golf course and it fits easily into a golf bag pocket or golf cart cup holder.
JBL Clip 3 ($)
The JBL Clip is one of our favorite speakers for kids and is currently in use on our own juniors' golf bags. It is small, light weight and portable while still having great sound and is not at all expensive at less than $50. If you’re looking for a waterproof (IPX7 rated), affordable, portable, compact (5 X 4 X 2 inches), and rugged speaker that delivers excellent sound quality, then the JBL Clip 3 could be the one for you. The Clip 4 is also an excellent speaker for about $10 more than the Clip 3.
The carabiner style clip is easy to use for junior golfers and is a great size to conveniently attach to a golf bag or backpack. Weighing just 8 oz this is one of the lightest speakers that still has great sound. Kids can also take their pick from an assortment of colors including forest green, pink, mustard yellow, blue, red, black, teal, gray, white, and sand.
This waterproof speaker has a 10 hour battery life and can be used for crystal clear phone calls with just one touch of a button.
The dimensions of 2.6 X 7 X 27 inches make the Tribit StormBox a perfect size for fitting into a golf cart cupholder or golf bag sleeve. The tubular body is blanketed with a rubber outer which makes it an excellent shock absorber. At just over 13 oz it is slightly heavier than some other options but still light enough to carry in a golf bag.
Apart from being waterproof (IPX7 rated), the Tribit Stormbox has excellent sound, including large bass and an impressive 24 Watts of sound! The almost 1,000 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars rave about the sound and customer support.
Two of these speakers can be connected for an even better stereo sound. The bluetooth 4.2 technology provides a range of up to almost 70 feet. In addition the battery life is excellent and the 20 hours of playtime is more than enough for a few rounds of golf.
What are the Benefits of Buying the Best Golf Speakers?
The greatest advantage of these speakers is that you can use them anywhere. So, their portability allows you to bring the music with you as you for any outdoor activity including golf, biking, hiking, SUP or kayaking, or even just hanging out at the pool or beach. Connect to a music player, tablet, or smartphone, and you’re good to go.
Make it fun
We have found that a little music on the course is a great way to make it more fun for juniors. They can make their own "golf playlists" and take turns to play their favorite tunes. Perhaps they might even allow mom or dad to play their "oldies" music!
Golf course music etiquette
While we are fans of music on the course, keep in mind that not everyone has the same view. These are some do's and don'ts for music on the golf course that kids need to be aware of:
- If playing in a group always make sure that the other players are ok with music during the round. Even better, ask them what type of music they like and put on an appropriate playlist. While our kids like hip-hop they know when they are playing with us that a mixed rock/country/hip-hop playlist is a better choice.
- Do not blast music at max volume. Golfers on the adjacent fairway or next green do not want to hear your music in the background.
- Do not let music become a distraction. Make sure you are still focused on the game and ready to play when it is your turn. Leave the speaker in the cart (if you are riding) instead of taking it to the putting green.
- When driving up on another group (e.g. if they are on the next tee when you arrive), silence the music - or at least put it very low - and stay back 20 to 30 feet.
- Not all courses are appreciative of music and to be honest, we would not want music on some courses. For example, if you are playing Pebble Beach you will want to soak up the surroundings, including hearing the Pacific Ocean, people on the beach, your caddie's advice etc.
In general be aware and respectful of others on the course and teach kids to do the same.
Great Speakers Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune
As they say, knowledge is power. So, there you have it; A comprehensive guide of the top golf speakers in the market. While some speakers cost an arm and a leg, these high quality, durable speakers are very reasonably prices and sound great.The best golf speakers aren’t the ones packed with every possible feature but rather the ones that best fit your needs. You now won’t be flustered wondering which speaker to buy. Moreover, you’re assured of a long-lasting product that your kids will love using.