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 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 85 speakers, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best Bluetooth speakers that we've tested for golf carts. If you want to see more options, check out our picks for the best Bluetooth speakers, the best waterproof Bluetooth speakers, and the best Bluetooth speakers under $100.
The best speaker we've tested for listening to music in your golf cart is the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3. This small and lightweight speaker is incredibly portable and easy to bring to the golf course with you. It also comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning it's certified to be fully dust-tight and submersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so it can withstand some light rain while outdoors.
It has amazing directivity thanks to its 360-degree design. As a result, its soundstage is perceived as spacious and open-sounding. It has a balanced mid-range that ensures vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly and accurately in the mix, and you can tweak its sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ and presets featured in its companion app. It also has a long-lasting battery life of almost 14 hours, which is great for long days spent outdoors, though this varies depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels.
Unfortunately, higher-pitched vocals and instruments sound dark and veiled at times. It also struggles to reproduce the thump and rumble in low-bass that's typically present in bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM. This portable and customizable speaker is still a great choice if you're looking to bring your favorite tunes along with you on the golf course.
Consider the JBL Flip 6 if you prefer a speaker that can produce deeper bass. While its soundstage isn't perceived to sound as immersive and spacious as that of the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3, this small speaker can produce a more extended low-bass on its default settings. Its sound profile is neutral overall, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. Unlike its predecessor, the JBL Flip 5, you can customize its sound to your liking using the graphic EQ featured in its companion app. It's also very well-built with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, so you can take it outdoors without worrying about it getting a bit dirty or wet. Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo audio to mono which isn't as immersive. It also doesn't support voice assistants.
If you prefer a stereo speaker with a more open-sounding soundstage, go for the Ultimate Ears. However, if you're looking for a speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass out-of-the-box, check out the JBL instead.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 is the best hangable golf cart speaker we've tested. This speaker is small and lightweight, making it remarkably portable. It comes with a small, built-in carrying handle that you can use to suspend it from a hook, and it's rated IP67 for dust and water resistance, so this sturdy speaker is certified to be dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes.
Out-of-the-box, 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.
Unfortunately, like most speakers its size, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy and rumbling low-bass. There aren't any comprehensive sound customization features like a graphic EQ to help tweak its sound to your liking. There's an 'Outdoor' EQ mode advertised to help with bass reproduction. It's also one of the best Bluetooth speakers we've tested.
If you're looking for a hangable speaker at a more affordable price, check out the Sony SRS-XB13. Unlike the Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2, it has to downmix stereo content to mono, which isn't as immersive. The Sony is smaller and is more likely to fit in a standard-size cup holder. This small Bluetooth speaker has a built-in carrying strap that's longer than that of the Ultimate Ears, making it easy to attach to your bag or somewhere in your cart. Its sound profile is a little boomy, 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.
Get the Ultimate Ears if you're looking for a hangable speaker that can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono. If you prefer a smaller and more affordable speaker with a larger carrying strap, check out the Sony.
The Bose SoundLink Micro is the best compact golf cart speaker we've tested. This well-built speaker is rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet if there's ever a bit of light rain. It also comes with a built-in carrying strap you can use to strap it to your bag or cart.
It has a balanced mid-range, so vocals and lead instruments are clearly and accurately reproduced in the mix, though higher-pitched voices and instruments sound a bit dull and veiled at times. When placed flat on its back, it has outstanding directivity, meaning you can hear your audio clearly from most angles. It even supports voice assistants through your paired smartphone and is excellent at understanding you from far away.
Unfortunately, it downmixes stereo content to mono, which isn't as immersive. Also, its battery doesn't last very long, lasting a little under eight hours in our tests, though this can vary depending on your usage habits and chosen volume levels. If you're looking for a small, compact speaker you can easily strap carry along with you on the golf course, it's worth considering.
If you're looking for a compact speaker to clip onto your cart or your bags, consider the JBL Clip 4. While its battery doesn't last as long as the Bose SoundLink Micro, this small and compact speaker comes with a built-in carabiner hook. It's very well-built, with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, certifying it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in a meter of water for 30 minutes. When placed with its logo facing up, it has a somewhat boomy sound profile, though it struggles to reproduce low-bass. Its balanced mid-range ensures vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present in the mix. Also, it has fantastic directivity, so its soundstage is perceived as open and spacious-sounding. Unfortunately, it has to downmix stereo content to mono to play it, which doesn't sound as immersive.
If you're looking for a compact speaker with longer-lasting battery life, check out the Bose. If you prefer a speaker that comes with a built-in carabiner hook, consider the JBL instead.
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.
Nov 29, 2021: Renamed the 'Smaller Alternative' pick 'Cheaper Alternative'. Added the Bose SoundLink Color II and the Bose SoundLink Flex to the Notable Mentions.
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. 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.