5 Essential Tips On How To Enjoy Your Cigars On The Golf Course

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Smoking Etiquette

Although flavor cigars are not as popular as they once were, there are still a few dedicated fans out there. If you’re one of those fans, you’ve probably wondered if a golf course is the best setting for smoking your cigars. The idea of taking any sort of time off from the game to enjoy a nice cigar on the 19th hole seems like a great idea, but golf courses have a somewhat complicated policy on smoking.

If you’re a guest on the golf course, make sure that you know the rules on smoking. If you’re a member of the club, you can ask around to see what is permitted. Also, check in with a clerk if you’re hard up for answers because you’ll probably get a different answer from every person you talk to. In spite of all of the confusion, there are a few simple rules that will help you enjoy your cigars on the fairways.

The 5 Essential Tips

For Enjoying Your Cigars on the Golf Course!

5 Essential Tips For Enjoying Your Cigars on the Golf Course!

Respect The Field

Before smoking a cigar while playing golf, remember to respect the course. It is certainly easy to get caught up in the enjoyment of a fine cigar whilst playing – but poor sportsmanship isn't something that should be tolerated.

The golf course is a cherished environment for many – so be respectful. It's no secret that a cigar can create an impressive amount of smoke … and it's a good idea to respect anyone around you.

Make sure you are out of sight and out of earshot of anyone trying to play before you enjoy your stick.

While the cigar isn't as likely to fly into the face of someone you pass as it does in a friendly game of football, it's still a good idea to warn golfers in the area.

The idea is to gain respect – not to ruin it for everyone.

Storing Your Cigars

Keeping your cigars in a humidor is the best way to store them. Humidors are made to keep the cigars at the right humidity level, so you don’t have to worry about checking them every day to see if they’re ok. However, if you’re going to be golfing outside for any length of time, it’s a good idea to bring the humidor with you.


Safety is one of the most important things to keep in mind. Golf courses have been known to get very dusty, so set out a place for yourself that’s not going to be affected by this. Always use a golf towel when you’re hitting a shot. Golf towels are made specifically for wiping your clubs clean after every shot. You should bring a box of mints or some other type of fresh breath mint to help with your cigar smoking. Finally, you should always smoke your cigar after your shot rather than before.

The Rules

Lighting Up The Cigar

You may be tempted to light the cigar on the first tee or the 18th green, but the best time to light up your cigar is on the cart path. You may get some funny looks, but once you get on the cart path, the cigar will remain lit on its own. By lighting it on the first tee or 18th green, you’re actually producing a component of combustion in a damp environment. That will likely cause the cigar to go out.

Just because the cigar has been lit doesn’t mean you can sit back and do nothing. Just as lighting the cigar is important, the act of puffing is no less important. If you puff too hard, the cigar burns hotter. If you don’t puff hard enough, the cigar goes out. The key to a good smoke is to find that sweet spot: one light puff every three to five seconds.

Bring Some For Everyone

Although cigars aren’t usually offered at golf courses, it’s customary to have them if you bring them. Don’t expect everyone to partake. Some people do, and others don’t. So base the number of cigars you bring on the anticipated number of smokers.

Just like the classic prom queen lunch, which every girl brings a food item to share in the hopes that it will end up in the hands of the popular guy, cigars aren’t usually given away. But if they are and you don’t have more to give away … well, you may need to rethink your playing strategy. It’s best to bring enough for everyone.

Go With Lighter Cigars

Some golfers like to buy really fat cigars to last the entirety of their golf game. However, when you’re out on the course, the last thing you want is for the cigar to be too heavy to hold. This will make it difficult to hold the cigar properly to take a puff. And the last thing you want to do is let that cigar fall or drop it inside your golf bag.

Because there are lighter cigars, it’s best to go with something like those if you’re planning on smoking while golfing. That way, the cigar will be easier to hold and enjoy while it’s still lit.

Some Additional Tips

  • If you're going to a cigar bar, be sure to give the host or hostess a pre-determined time to call you back. You never know how long it will take to get seated, and you want to make sure you have time to enjoy the evening. Some people bring back up cigars to enjoy while they wait.
  • If you prefer a cigar with some strength, make sure you eat a decent meal before you smoke. The meal will get the blood flowing to the correct spots in your head. And if you don’t want too much of a nicotine buzz, make sure you have one drink for every cigar you smoke.
  • Bring enough cash for your cigars and drinks. Most cigar bars don't accept credit cards, and some don't even accept paper money.
  • If you really enjoy a particular cigar, you can usually purchase a few of them at the cigar bar, at a steep discount.
  • Be considerate of people around you. It can be easy to get carried away with cigars, and others may not appreciate your clouds of smoke. A lot of cigar bars offer a smoking porch, or even an entire outdoor space for cigar smokers to enjoy their cigars outdoors.

Some Excellent Cigar Choices For The Golf Course

Once you know how to pack up and transport your premium hand-rolled cigar to the green, how do you know what cigar to choose for the golf course? Each cigar has its own characteristics and nuances, and some are more suitable than others for golfing enjoyment.

Here are three excellent choices that will suit your cigar-smoking needs on the green.

The Cuban

The Cuban is one of the most diverse yet reliable brands on the market. The cigars produced by the brand are a crowd favorite and also a staff favorite. You can purchase Cuban cigars in a number of sizes, including Churchill, corona, robusto, and torpedo, so these cigars are a good choice for any smoker. Cuban Cigars are made from mostly Nicaraguan tobacco, with a little extra flavor added in for a taste that is both rich and smooth. No matter how you choose to smoke your Cuban, you can be certain that the burn will be consistent from start to finish.

The Rocky Patel

The Laranja Reserva Lancero

The Laranja Reserva Lancero is a limited edition cigar from the renowned Foundry Cigar Company. It is rolled in the Dominican Republic using Dominican seed wrapper, Dominican binder and well-aged Nicaraguan filler.

The cigar’s name is derived from the orange tree, which is known in Brazil as Laranja. It is said to be one of the strongest and most flavorful fruits available. It is also a cigar that celebrates the diversity of the Brazilian culture.

One of the main strengths of this cigar is its well-balanced flavors. You get a wonderful sweet caramel like flavor. You also get plenty of spice and pepper with leather and woody notes. All these flavors play off each other well. The cigar is medium to full-bodied and it has a medium body strength.

The Lancero is 7 inches long and is a size that is rarely seen on the market. The wrapper is very oily and it has a slight reddish appearance. The cigar is packed very tightly and you will need to loosen it up a bit before you start smoking it. It is a very aromatic cigar with notes of fresh earth and hay. The foot is packed with plenty of tobaccos. You will find the cigar fairly easy to light. The draw is excellent and you will get a lot of smoke with every puff.

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V Cigar

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the subject of golf is pretty much unavoidable that time of year. And when you think of golf and cigars, one brand immediately comes to mind. So we thought it would be the right time to remind everyone about the latest off-the-tree Nicaraguan cigar from Plasencia, the Alma Fuerte.

The Alma Fuerte is available in three sizes (Corona D. 5 5/8 x 44, Joya de Nicaragua Robusto D. 5 1/4 x 50 and Churchill D. 7 x 48) and five different wrapper options. We smoked the Alma Fuerte with our buddy Jake Teague from Closet Full of Cigars and we both agreed that flavor-wise this cigar is one of the best new cigars of the year. It hits all of the notes you’d expect from a Nicaraguan cigar, and while there aren’t any bells or whistles, that’s what makes it so good.


Enjoying cigars on a golf course is something you won’t do every day. Most people tend to play golf as a form of relaxation or escape. You don’t want to burn any more adrenaline just to have that cigar. Here are some tips and tricks that we’d like to share with you to help you enjoy smoking cigars while playing golf.