Updated on March 14th, 2023 at 03:53 pm
If you enjoy listening to music on the golf course, you want a portable Bluetooth speaker that can keep you entertained for long hours without running out of juice.
The best Bluetooth speakers for golf carts have great sound quality, are wireless and waterproof. Unfortunately, landing the best Bluetooth speaker for your golf cart is not a walk in the park. To help you out, I’ve researched and tested several speakers and prepared a list of Bluetooth golf cart speakers you can use on your next golfing session.
Below are what I’d consider top contenders for tunes on the green.
Best Bluetooth speaker reviews
Bushnell Golf Wingman
The Bushnell Wingman GPS Golf Speaker is one of the hottest golf products on the market today. Bushnell leads the pack in GPS tech products, so it only makes sense they’d excel at making a GPS Bluetooth speaker. Aside from amazing sound, this golf speaker has extra bells and whistles that make golfing sessions fun.
Some Bushnell wingman gps speaker features include:
- A strong BITE Technology magnet that securely fastens to the golf cart and any metal surface.
- Through the Bushnell app, the speaker has GPS navigation
- A wireless connection range of up to 100 feet.
- Ten hours of battery life.
- Connect it to a golf cart or attach it to the golf bag.
- A remote control that allows you to hit a button for distance to the front, center, and back on the green.
However, the Bushnell Wingman GPS speaker gets some criticism for the sound when giving yardage information. The music volume reduces, allowing the distances to be said at a lower volume. Unfortunately, you need to be within earshot to hear the distance instructions clearly.
- Has a built-in GPS.
- Has an IPX6 water resistance rating.
- Personalized voice commands.
- Advantage of the Bushnell golf app.
- Doesn’t have a lot of Bass.
- Has no graphic EQ.
Ampcaddy Version 3
Golf Bluetooth speaker with mount
The Ampcaddy is perfectly designed to offer good sound and portability to enjoy your favorite music on the golf course. It’s easy to set up, and the mount design makes it one of the best portable Bluetooth golf speakers.
The Ampcaddy is popular for its adjustable clamp, which you can use to attach the speaker to the golf cart roof. It can also attach to any pole at the beach, home, or golf course that’s 0.5-2 inches in diameter.
Unlike magnetic attachments, the clamp allows you to attach the speaker to any plastic or aluminum surface. Even better, the clamp is paired with a 180-degree audio swivel that allows you to direct sound in any direction you please.
Depending on the volume, the battery life can last two golf rounds. You’ll enjoy the speaker’s audio quality, especially because of the bass.
Like most wireless speakers, the Ampcaddy V3 pro has a connectivity range. Ampcaddy claims the range is 100 ft, but it starts getting shaky after 50-75 ft.
Other features to look out for include:
- This system will give you pure sound with a bass that is extraordinary for outdoor play
- The 2-inch bass resonator boosts out a whopping 15 watts of power
- It has a battery life of up to twenty hours.
- It has a 2-year warranty and is IPX7-certified waterproof.
Note: There’s an Ampcaddy version 3 pro max that is a slight upgrade of the V3 pro. Instead of a 2″ bass boost resonator giving 15 watts of power, it has a 40-watt with bass boost 4” resonator for even clearer and bigger bass. On the downside, the V3 pro max’s rechargeable only lasts 12 hours compared to the V3 pro’s 20-hour playtime.
- Direct connecting to smartphones to easily play music
- Incredible sound
- A 12-hour battery life
JBL Xtreme 3
JBL stuck to its signature cylindrical design with the JBL Xtreme 3, allowing it to act as a powerful party companion and a portable speaker.
The Xtreme 3 comes with a huge 10,000 mAh li-ion battery that will keep the device playing for 15+ hours. For added power convenience, the Xtreme 3 has a USB port type C and type A, which allows you to charge the speaker and other devices, ensuring the music never stops.
This splashproof device is available in blue, black, or red. The splashproof rating means the speaker can get wet, but too much water will damage it. It features noise-reducing and echo-canceling technology that allows you to make and receive clear calls using its Bluetooth pairing system.
Note: It lacks a microphone, so you can use it to make calls directly.
You can wirelessly connect this powerful speaker to multiple Bluetooth-enabled speaker systems. You can control the system through the one-size-fits-all JBL app with ease.
- Powerful sound and good bass
- Has a splashproof fabric
- It stutters at the start of songs
- The highs are a little too harsh
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Ultimate Ears BOOM 3
Like the JBL Xtreme 3, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 has a cylindrical design for a 360-degree sound. It’s pleasing to look at, compact, and highly portable. Aside from this, it has a 1P67 rating for water and dust resistance, meaning it shouldn’t be submerged under more than a meter of water for over 30 minutes.
This portable waterproof speaker packs a punch at 90 decibels at maximum volume. While the bass frequencies are great for the speaker’s size, the mid and treble frequencies were a tad bit underwhelming.
On the bright side, you can adjust the default equalizer settings from the dedicated app to produce a sound you’re happy with. You can connect two ultimate ears boom 3, through the app for an excellent surround sound.
Finally, with the latest Magic Button, you can play, pause, and skip music. The unique shimmery fabric adds a fresh and exciting look.
- IP67 waterproof rating
- Loud enough
- Wireless charging option
- Compact design
- Sound quality isn’t the best for its price range
- Relatively expensive
The Puma Soundchuck comes highly recommended. A guy I regularly play with said it is hands down the best Bluetooth speaker for a golf cart. But then again, he drinks during our rounds, so he says many things – his claims need verification.
When I took the Puma Sound Chuck out of the box, it was smaller than expected. But it had a sturdy feel, so I wasn’t too worried. It has a strong magnetic clip on one end, but the magnet could be better. I tried to stick it on my refrigerator, and it slipped down to the floor, a clear sign it doesn’t do well attached to golf carts.
Despite being sturdy, I wished the clip was a little longer so it could do a better job of securing the speaker. Also, the clip’s end is too little to attach to a golf cart windshield. On the bright side, you could attach it to a towel or golf bag.
Yes, the Puma Soundchuck has decent sound quality, but don’t expect Bose’s sound quality. Then again, it isn’t Bose pricing, either. At 60-75 percent, the sound quality is still good, but at 100 percent, the quality diminishes fast, and sounds whiny.
All in all, it is a decent buy and quickly pairs with Bluetooth.
- Clever design
- Sturdy clip
- Nice battery life
- Easy pairing
- The buttons feel cheap
Bose SoundLink Micro
If you’re engrossed in the Bose ecosystem and are looking for a portable speaker you can use on the golf course, the SoundLink Micro is an excellent pick for golfers.
Although it costs more than most golf cart Bluetooth speakers on this list, it has a unique bass. Also, it’s a little heavier than most options but not heavy enough to hinder portability.
The Bose technology employs the newly designed passive radiators and a custom-mounted transducer, giving this device that loud and crystal-clear sound indoors or outdoors.
The Bose soundLink portable Bluetooth speaker has a rugged exterior made from durable materials like rubberized silicone, which protects the SoundLink Micro from dents, drops, scratches, and dents. It has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
Other nice-to-know features include:
- It easily attaches to your golf cooler or golf cart.
- It has a lithium-ion battery with a lifespan of up to 6 hours of playtime.
- It pairs up with your smartphone, android, or tablet via Bluetooth and has voice prompts.
- It has a built-in microphone, so you can take calls and speak to Siri on your smartphone or google assistant. It even works with Echo Dot giving you a hands-free experience.
- The hands-free control uses the speaker as the microphone and delivers brilliant sound.
The Bose Connect app allows you to play in party mode by allowing you to connect multiple devices to the SoundLink Micro. This gives you more sound and a stereo effect.
- IPX7 waterproof rating.
- It’s loud.
- Multiconnection to other speakers.
- Loops on any device.
- Has a built-in speakerphone.
- No aux input.
- It’s slightly overpriced.
JBL Clip 4
The JBL clip 4 was made to correct JBL Clip 3’s flaws with a better-integrated carabiner, better durability, and a louder rating. The redesigned carabiner is easier to operate with one hand and hooks to clothing, bags, and golf carts better, making it easier to carry around.
Like the JBL Clip 3, the JBL Clip 4 has an IP67 rating that protects it from water and dust. The outer fabric wrap covers the speaker’s rear and front parts, making it easy to grip even with wet hands. And like the JBL Xtreme 3, clip 4 has rubberized rib lines on the back to keep it from sliding off surfaces.
This Bluetooth speaker uses Bluetooth 5.1 technology, allowing it a 15-meter range on the golf course. You’d be pleased to note that the new Bluetooth technology is power efficient, slightly extending Clip 4’s playtime.
As for the sound, the JBL Clip 4 has a dynamic driver that delivers accurate frequency responses perfect for all music genres. However, we noted its bass doesn’t perform well with hip-hop and electronic music.
- Large controls
- Better carabiner
- Has a loud sound for its size
- Waterproof and dustproof
- Compact speakers
- Lacks an aux input
- Doesn’t fast charge
Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST
with hands-free amazon alexa voice control
I really liked this one, and I almost chose it as our best portable speaker with Bluetooth, aside from some software problems I encountered. This powerful Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker is easy to transport, has hands-free Alexa vocal control, and has a deep and rich 360° sound, giving it almost perfect sound quality.
The hands-free voice control is courtesy of Amazon Alexa, which directly connects to the cloud through Wi-Fi. Just say the word, and you’ll know the weather and control your smart home gadgets.
The rugged design is coupled with a waterproof feature to keep it from being damaged on the course. Speaking of the golf course, the speaker runs on a 16-hour battery life that’ll keep going as long as you do.
Other features it comes with include:
- The 100m/330ft Wi-Fi range and 45m/150ft Bluetooth range allow you to travel around easily.
- Addition of different features once they are offered on the Ultimate Ears application.
- Connection to the cloud, using Wi-Fi to create an excellent portable speaker. Listen to uninterrupted tracks and a larger selection of music. DJing becomes accessible to everyone. You can take phone calls without turning the music off and ruining the atmosphere.
- Precise bass lines
- Detailed and dynamic sounds
- Excellent design and build
- Has loud, high-quality sound
- Voice assistance only available over Wi-Fi
Amazon Basics Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker
Best budget speaker
The Amazon Basics Portable Outdoor Bluetooth speaker is perfect if you are looking for a budget-friendly golf cart speaker. Amazon went with a glossy plastic finish and a grill to cover the speakers. Overall, the design is underwhelming but considering its price point, it’s sufficient. On the top are easily accessible volume, play, and power buttons.
Despite its basic design, it comes with some handy features, including:
- Bluetooth 5.0
- IPX5 waterproof rating
- A built-in microphone
The IPX5 waterproof rating means it handles heavy rain well, but this doesn’t mean you should submerge it in water. With Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the speaker has a connectivity range of 33 feet. You can leave the speaker in the golf cart for a play and still get to change songs with your phone.
With the hands-free microphone, you can receive your calls through the speaker without severing the Bluetooth connection. I loved the LED indicators that alert you when the speaker is connected to the phone.
- Micro-USB charging
- Useful button controls
- Decent sound
- Built-in microphone
- Build quality could be better
- It cannot pair two speakers
Rokform G-ROK Portable Wireless Golf Speaker
There are several things we love about this speaker, but what stands out most about the ROKFORM G-ROK are the two speakers with built-in magnetic mounting. It’s easy to use; take out your golf speaker and clamp it to the metal braces on either side of your golf cart, and you are ready to go.
The ROKFORM G-ROK speaker is also waterproof and dustproof, which means you can use it in the blazing sun or the rain. It’s also drop resistant and built very well, so you can expect it to last long.
The G-ROK battery will last up to 6 rounds on one single charge.
- 30 ft of wireless range
- Simple magnetic mounting
- IPX7 is dustproof and waterproof
- Rugged and drop-resistant design and construction
- Lacks an app that allows you to adjust the equalizer
And the best golf cart bluetooth speaker is…
Bushnell golf wingman
I own several portable Bluetooth speakers and over half a dozen pairs of headphones, and I can honestly say the Bushnell Wingman GPS Golf Speaker is my favorite. This speaker was released in 2020, and it sold out so quickly.
If you love listening to music while golfing, you should consider the Bushnell Wingman GPS speaker before you head out on the course again. You’ll agree that this speaker rocks, and the super strong magnet puts it ahead of similar products.
And there’s also the quality sound with the perfect amount of bass. Overall, it produces better sound than you would expect from golf speakers.
Golf cart Bluetooth speaker buying guide
Below are some features to consider when purchasing a perfect speaker for use on a golf course.
For good sound quality and clarity, the speakers require sub-bass and bass. At sub 80 Hz, the lack of bass isn’t noticeable. But the sounds between 80 and 200 Hz will lose loudness on a speaker with insufficient bass.
Type of mounting
Consider the mounting feature, as this will ensure you don’t lose your speaker even cruising at high speeds on a bumpy course. Most speakers, like the Bushnell Wingman, have built-in magnets that securely attach to the cart bar. These magnets make setup and access easier.
Others, like the JBL Clip 4, have clips you can attach to your bag or cart. And like the Ampcaddy Version 3, it has special golf cart mounting features.
For an 18-hole golf course, you’re likely to spend 5 hours going through it. The speaker you choose should have a rechargeable battery that lasts long enough to get you through one or two sessions.
A speaker with a 10-hour battery life should be enough for one golfing round and have enough juice left for off-course listening. However, you should remember to recharge it after each round.
Some great speakers have over 30 hours of battery life, providing 5 plus rounds.
When the rain pours, your fun on the course may be cut short. But if the speaker is waterproof, you’ll enjoy music while waiting for the storm to clear.
The IPX rating represents the level of water resistance or waterproofing. The rating indicates the time the speaker can withstand water before it sustains damage.
Portability and size
When using a Bluetooth speaker on a golf cart, size isn’t a big deal. But if you’ll be carrying and walking with it in your bag, then size matters. However, most speakers weigh under a pound and achieve a lightweight design without compromising sound quality.
It’s important that you remain connected to your Bluetooth golf cart speaker when you need to change the music when walking around the course. Some speakers have a 40–50-yard range that allows you to control the track and volume away from your cart. Some speakers with good range include the Ampcaddy version 3 and the Bushnell Wingman GPS golf speakers: up to 100 feet.
What are the best speakers for golf cart?
Portable golf speakers are ideal if you want to listen to music while hitting those pars and birdies. One of the best is the Bushnell wingman GPS golf speaker, which is really easy to mount on the cart bar through BITE magnetic technology. Moreover, it’s simple to set up and has good-quality sound.
Even when I turned up the sound, I noticed little to no distortion at high volumes, which was impressive. It easily connected to my smartphone and played music perfectly while on the golf course.
Can you play music on the golf course?
According to the UGSA, listening to music or watching a video on the course is legal, provided it’s unrelated to the game. This means you cannot listen to any audio or music that eliminates distractions, helps with your swing tempo, or directs you to choose the best club.
Even in clubs that allow listening to music, keep the volume at reasonable levels. If players on other holes can hear your music, turn it down. Generally, public courses are more relaxed on the guidelines than private clubs. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the rules before you crank up your music.
The recommendations are what I’ve found to be great purchases for golf carts (in no particular order). The choice was based on price, sound quality, waterproof rating, and battery life. Feel free to make a pick being careful to consider your needs on the course.