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Stogie Tip: Cigars and Golf

5 Jul 2006

Golf and cigars go together perfectly: you’ve got hours outdoors, you can ash your cigar anywhere without getting dirty looks (except for the greens), and compared to the rest of society, golf courses generally provide cigar-friendly environments.

And there are plenty of entrepreneurs looking to cash in on this match made made in heaven with all kinds of specialty golf cigar gadgets ranging from cigar tees to hold your cigar to golf bag humidors. But we’re here to tell you that dropping a 20 spot on that cigar cutter/divot repair tool or any other gadget is completely unnecessary.

If you follow these four tips, you will have a more enjoyable cigar experience on the course without having to buy anything that average Stogie Guys doesn’t already own. Sadly, we have no tips to offer that will improve your golf game.

1. What to smoke? The golf course is no place for small cigars. Courses can get pretty crowded on the weekends, so you have nothing but time. Grab something at least as long as a toro (6 inches). The golf course is perfect for churchills or – if a smaller ring gauge is more to your liking – a lonsdale. Remember your cigar may sit unsmoked for a while as you four-putt, throw your putter in the sandtrap, and then retrieve it and find that your stogie went out. Larger cigars have a higher tolerance for re-lighting than small ones.

Also, don’t break out that super premium cigar on the links. It will be wasted as you are distracted by your sub-par golf game. Keep the Cohiba in the humidor and try to find a value cigar. Three stogie cigars are perfect for golf.

2. How to light your cigar? While golf courses are perfect for smoking a stogie, the wind that never seems to be blowing at your back can make lighting a cigar awfully difficult. If blocking the wind with your hand doesn’t get the job done, you may want to try using a hat to block the breeze. As always, a torch is preferable to matches.

Finally, while toasting the edges is still the best way to light your cigar, on the golf course you might skip that step if just keeping the flame lit proves difficult. If you do light the cigar without first toasting the edges, be sure to give your stogie a few big puffs immediately after lighting it to make sure it is completely lit.

3. Where to put your cigar? While you swing you probably will need to put the cigar down, but with no ashtrays there may not be an obvious place to put it. Plenty of places hawk special “cigar tees” but really all you need is a flat non-flammable surface: golf carts, tee box markers, or even carefully balanced on a wood (with head-cover removed) in your bag. The most abundent cigar holder of all also works well: the grass next to your ball (as long as it isn’t wet or dusty).

But remember, like your sand wedge, you should leave your cigar on the green (not on the fringe or in the ruff) while putting so you don’t forget it in the excitement of that 40 foot eagle putt. Of course the easiest way to not forget your smoke is by leaving it in your mouth.

4. How many cigars to bring? The standard is one for every nine holes, but if you have a bunch of slow-playing old ladies ahead of you, this may leave you with a few hours without a cigar on the back nine. So maybe three is really the ideal number.

Also, make sure the cigars don’t get damaged in your bag. A simple leather case will work perfectly. So do cigars that come in their own tubes.

Have a tip of your own? Leave a comment for all stogies guys to see or email us.

-Patrick S


18 Responses to “Stogie Tip: Cigars and Golf”

  1. Patrick A Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 12:14 pm #

    …and if you want to look great on the course, buy an official Stogie Guys golf polo from our online store!

  2. Anonymous Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 12:26 pm #

    Here's a tip for ya: Don't ash up wind!

  3. Anonymous Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 10:25 am #


  4. Jeffrey Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 11:44 am #

    Hey guys,

    Good article. I’ve linked to it over at

    I’ll add my tip as an addendum to your third one. With all of the chemicals some of the courses use to keep things nice and green, keeping your cigar off the grass is a good idea nowadays.

  5. Patrick S Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 3:56 pm #

    Jeff, a good point.

    Personally I usually putt and chip with cigar in mouth… but then maybe that’s the cause of all my 3 putts.

  6. Fredericka Wednesday, December 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Nice post, keep up the good work!

  7. Joe Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    cool cigar holder at

  8. Robin Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 5:31 am #

    I have a client that engineered and manufactures a quality stainless and exotic hardwood 3 in 1 tool for golfers that smoke cigars. The RC3 cigar caddy pokes into the grass to hold your cigar but is also a divot repair tool and holds 2 magnetized ball markers. I thought it looked so good I bought one for my husband. We have since been purchasing them regularly for gifts as golf buddies that kept asking about the tool.

  9. Zac Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    I agree, golf+cigars=peanut butter+jelly.

    However, the suggestions to 'balance' the cigar on a level plane are recipes for disaster. Trust me, I've done them all, and they're awkward at best and ruin your cigar at worst.

    I also think putting it on the grass is a bad idea, not just because of the chemicals. It's also going to burn grass off into the cigar. And most often the grass is wet anyway.

    I agree you don't need any fancy gizmos to take your cigar to the course… with one exception. A proper cigar holder is essential. But you don't need nor want it attached to a divot tool or some other multi-purpose widget.

    After researching every, and I mean every option, only one fit the bill: the Heater Holder. (

    It clips right to the rain snap of your bag and it's basically just a sturdy cradle for your cigar. No bending over to put down or pick up your stogie. It's cheap and has lasted me two years with no sign of letting up.

    I've even driven off in a golf cart with the cigar still in it, and damned if the cigar stayed right in the cradle.

    I can't recommend it enough. Anything that gets in the way of enjoying your cigar defeats the purpose of smoking it in the first place. Bring a good torch, your favorite cutter, and a Heater Holder.

  10. Steve Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    If you love golf and cigars try the "front 9 blend" is a Churchill Connecticut, mild and perfect to start a round. This is a new cigar by Cordoba & Morales Cigars is an old family from Cuba now making cigars in Nicaragua. They also make another cigar call "19th hole blend" this are created by a Cuban master blender and a golf professional.

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