If you're looking for a speaker to take along with you on the golf course, you may prefer a smaller speaker that may fit into the cup holder of your golf cart or that you can attach to your bags. You probably also want to look for a well-built speaker that has an IP rating for dust and water resistance to ensure that it can withstand the elements while you're outdoors. While we have yet to test many speakers specifically designed to clip onto golf carts, we'll keep updating this article as we continue to review new units.
We've tested over 95 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers for golf cart use that we've tested. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best outdoor speakers.
The best golf cart speaker we've tested is the Bushnell Wingman. This small and lightweight speaker is incredibly portable, easy to bring to the golf course with you, and is primarily designed with golfers in mind. It comes with a strong built-in magnet you can use to secure it on your golf cart's frame, and it comes with golf-related features like built-in GPS capabilities and a companion app that lets you record your scores, create statistics, and load your courses. You can also use the small removable remote atop it to calculate distances to the nearest hole on your selected golf course. It's rated IPX6 for water resistance, which certifies it for protection against direct contact with water for up to three minutes, so it doesn't get damaged from some light water exposure like from some light rain.
Unfortunately, its sound profile is quite uneven, and higher-pitched voices and instruments sound dull and veiled, while sibilants like 'S' and 'T' sound harsh and piercing at times. It also noticeably lacks low-bass, and there aren't any sound customization features to give you any control over its sound profile. If you don't care for the golf-related features as much as you care for sound quality, check out the similarly sized JBL Flip 6. The JBL offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a deeper bass, and there's a graphic EQ in its companion app to customize its sound to your liking. However, it doesn't come with any golf-related features like the Bushnell.
If you're looking for something a bit smaller, check out the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2. While it doesn't come with golf-related features like the Bushnell Wingman, it's smaller and offers a better-balanced sound profile that can produce a more extended low-bass. This small speaker is remarkably portable and comes with a small, built-in loop that you can use to suspend it from a hook in your golf cart or attach it to your bags. It's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't need to worry about it should you accidentally drop it in one of the lakes in your golf course.
Its sound profile is neutral overall, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Its mid-range is balanced, making vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. It has excellent directivity thanks to its 360-degree design, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from all angles. It also has a long-lasting battery life, lasting over 13 hours in our tests, making it suitable for long listening sessions. However, unlike the JBL Flip 6, there isn't a graphic EQ to adjust its sound to your liking.
Looking for a more budget-friendly option? While the Sony SRS-XB13 has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, unlike the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it's smaller and is more likely to fit in your golf cart's cup holder. It also produces a bass that's a touch deeper. It has a built-in carrying strap that's longer than that of the Ultimate Ears, making it easier to attach to your bag or somewhere in your cart. Its sound profile is on the boomier side, adding a bit of extra bass to the mix, while its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix. It also has fantastic directivity, resulting in a wide and open-sounding soundstage.
That said, it doesn't come with any sound customization features to customize its sound to your liking. Its battery life doesn't last quite as long as the WONDERBOOM 2, though this varies depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels. However, while it doesn't get as loud as the WONDERBOOM 2, this isn't an issue if you aren't a fan of loud music on the golf course.
On an even tighter budget? The Anker Soundcore 2 has become a great cheap option since the release of the next generation Anker Soundcore 3. While it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the Sony SRS-XB13 and doesn't come with a strap to secure it to your bags, it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, resulting in a more immersive soundstage. Its 15-hour battery life also makes it a bit better suited than the Sony's 11-hour battery life for longer golf sessions spent outside, though this varies depending on your usage habits and volume levels.
This small portable Bluetooth speaker is still small enough to fit in your golf cart's cupholder or your backpack. It's rated IPX7 for water resistance, which certifies it to be immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet when you take it outside. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments sound dull and veiled at times. Unfortunately, you don't have any control over its sound profile since it doesn't come with a graphic EQ like the Anker Soundcore 3 does.
If you're a music lover and prioritize sound quality, consider the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3, which is among the best portable Bluetooth speakers we've tested. It's a bit larger than the Bushnell Wingman and the JBL Flip 6, and likely won't fit in your golf cart's cupholder. On the other hand, there's a small built-in loop you can use to secure it to your bags or somewhere in your golf cart. Its longer-lasting battery life of almost 18 hours makes it great for long listening sessions spent on the golf course, though this varies depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels. It has a boomy sound profile with a balanced mid-range overall, so vocals and instruments in your music reproduce clearly and with detail in the mix. It also gives you extra control over its sound profile using the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. That said, it still isn't large enough to produce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass.
This stereo speaker also offers a wide and spacious-sounding soundstage thanks to its 360-degree design, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. It has a bit less compression present at max volume than the Flip 6. It's very well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting wet when you take it outside. However, it doesn't come with any golf-related features like the Bushnell Wingman has.
Sep 08, 2022: Recategorized picks to better reflect how users are searching for speakers. Added the Bushnell Wingman as the 'Best Golf Cart Speaker' and the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 the 'Best Golf Cart Speaker For Sound Quality'. Made the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 the 'Best Mid-Range Golf Cart Speaker', the Sony SRS-XB13 the 'Best Budget Golf Cart Speaker', and the Anker Soundcore 2 the 'Best Cheap Golf Cart Speaker'.
May 10, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.
Mar 11, 2022: Replaced the JBL Flip 5 with the JBL Flip 6 as an alternative to the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, since the Flip 6 is better-built and more customizable. Added the JBL Flip 5 and the TREBLAB HD77 to the Notable Mentions.
Jan 10, 2022: Brought the Sony SRS-XB13 back as a 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 since its price is back up above $50. Updated the text for accuracy.
Dec 20, 2021: Made the Sony SRS-XB13 the 'Best Cheap Golf Cart Speaker' since it's currently retailing for under $50. Text was updated for consistency.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Bluetooth speakers for golf carts for most people to buy, according to their needs. We factor in the price (cheaper speakers win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no speakers that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our speakers sorted by their score for outdoor use. we've prioritized smaller, more portable options. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect speakers. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.