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Best Cigars for Golfing

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Shane K.

Good cigars improve everyone’s golf game. Or, at least, they ease the frustration if you’ve spent most of your afternoon over par. The key to choosing the best cigars for the golf course is deciding how long you want to smoke and knowing your threshold for strength. Some aficionados prefer to smoke a smaller format, but they’ll smoke two or three. Most golfers will smoke a longer size that will burn for a while. Because a game of golf can last four hours, we’re recommending cigars in a longer size. You’ll find some overlap here with the best Churchill cigars you can smoke. Before you head to the country club, fill your lighter with butane and bring a cigar clip for the course, so you don’t lose a good cigar when you’re whacking the ball around. Here are ten of the best cigars for golf.

1. Ashton Classic Churchill

Depending on your taste for mild versus strong cigars, there are dozens of top-rated Ashton cigars you can smoke when you’re golfing, but our first choice is the Ashton Classic in a Churchill. This premium aged blend of Dominican long-fillers boasts a perfectly mature Connecticut Shade wrapper that glistens with a golden-blond sheen. Notes of cedar, cashew, almond, and coffee bean mingle with hints of black pepper and a touch of sweetness.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

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2. San Cristobal Quintessence Churchill

San Cristobal cigars are blended by famous father-and-son cigar-makers Pepin and Jaime Garcia, and Quintessence is one of their most illustrious creations. The critics at Cigar Aficionado crowned the Quintessence Churchill their ‘#3 Cigar of the Year’ with a 95-point rating for 2021. Savor a luscious profile of cocoa, molasses, coffee, and spice from one of the best Nicaraguan cigars available. An oily Ecuador Habano wrapper embraces a well-aged interior of select Nicaraguan long-fillers.

Strength: Medium-Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

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3. Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Double Chateau Fuente

You’ll regularly find the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente listed as one of best mild cigars and one of the best cigars for beginners. The Double Chateau size in a Natural wrapper is one of our top recommendations for the golf course because it’s rich and creamy and very well made but not overpowering. A nutty and mellow blend of premium Dominican long-fillers is finished in a glistening Connecticut Shade wrapper in an easy-burning shape. Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente blends dozens of iconic Arturo Fuente cigars to take on the golf course like Hemingway, Gran Reserva, and Anejo.

Strength: Medium
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

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4. La Aroma de Cuba Churchill

In the late 1800s, La Aroma de Cuba was one of Winston Churchill’s favorite cigars. Today the brand is blended by Pepin Garcia and handmade in Esteli, Nicaragua. There are six different La Aroma de Cuba blends to consider, but the original is our first suggestion because it’s rated 93 points and ranked as one of best value cigars you can buy. A toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper marries a marvelous blend of premium Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos that deliver a chewy profile of cocoa, cedar, molasses, pepper, and earth.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

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5. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Natural Diplomatico

Padrón 1964 Anniversary is a 97-rated gem you’d normally reserve for a special occasion, but if you’re golfing with your boss or a business partner or client, you’ll impress them with Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ for 2021. The Diplomatico is a box-pressed Churchill that layers the palate with a tremendous profile of cedar, cocoa, cayenne pepper, and nuts that burns for over an hour in one of the most popular Padrón cigars ever created.

Strength: Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

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6. Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

Oliva cigars come in milder blends like the Connecticut Reserve and stronger cigars like Serie V, but the Master Blends 3 Churchill is one of our top golfing cigars because it’s drawn from a shimmering Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a superb blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers that burn perfectly when you’re smoking outside. It’s far and away one of the best Oliva cigars you’ll ever smoke thanks to a sweet and spicy profile of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and black pepper.

Strength: Medium-Full
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

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7. Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne Churchill

Perdomo cigars brand founder Nick Perdomo has built his brand and reputation on quality, consistency, and value. Read our staff review of Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne and find out why this is an excellent cigar to pair with a cold beer and a flavorful and affordable smoke when you’re golfing. You can’t beat its medium-bodied profile of white pepper, coffee with cream, and roasted nuts when you’ve got a sunny afternoon on your hands.   

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

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8. Montecristo Churchill

Montecristo is one of the most famous Cuban-legacy cigars and one of the best cigars for beginners. Some connoisseurs consider it a bit pricey, but when you want a good mild cigar for the golf course, it’s often an easy choice because newbies recognize the brand name and aren’t overpowered by its strength. An authentic Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf hugs a mellow amalgam of creamy Dominican long-fillers. Tasting notes of cedar, fresh-cut hay, and pepper mingle with hints of honey before a nutty finish arrives.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

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9. Rocky Patel Mulligans Masters Collection King

We can’t leave an inexpensive bundle off our list of the best golf cigars because there are plenty of aficionados who golf in groups and can go through multiple cigars in one afternoon. It just so happens that Rocky Patel produces an entire cigar franchise dedicated to the great game of golf, called Mulligans. They start under two bucks apiece, but they’re very consistent and loaded with top-notch flavor. The reason they’re cheap is because you’re not paying for the packaging, friends. That makes it easy to pass out a luscious and smoky cigar like the Masters Collection King to everyone in your party without having a heart attack over the price. Notes of English toffee, espresso, wood, and spices mesmerize the palate from the first puff to the last in one of the highest-reviewed bundles in our entire warehouse.

Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano

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10. Macanudo Cafe Prince Philip

We’re closing out our list of the top golf cigars with an old-school, iconic standby – Macanudo Cafe, in a 7.5 by 49 Churchill called the Prince Philip. Macanudo cigars need little introduction due their overwhelming ubiquity. You can buy them almost anywhere, and that makes Macanudo Cafe a safe cigar to golf with because it’s consistent, mellow, and familiar to folks who may not be familiar with cigars because they only smoke on rare occasions. Macanudo Cafe is drafted from a light-brown Connecticut Shade wrapper and an eventful blend of Dominican long-fillers in a nutty and creamy profile of cedar, vanilla bean, fresh bread, and spices.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

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