There’s no doubt you have many options when it comes to choosing a golf hat, but when you’re looking to switch up your style and you want a vintage look, it’s time to consider a golf rope hat

Unlike a typical performance cap or baseball cap look, the golf rope hat features a braided piece of rope on the bill of the hat. This added detail has graced golf hats for decades and is frequently associated with a mid-century golf look. 

There are many vintage rope hats out there, including vintage styles from Imperial. But if you want to sport a vintage look without looking for a second-hand option, never fear. Not only does Imperial have tons of brand new rope hats available in a wide variety of colors and icons, there are also blank rope hats you can purchase and customize.

Here are some of the many reasons why the golf rope hat will never go out of style.

History of Imperial’s Golf Rope Hat

As with the history of most golf hats, the rope hat developed out of the sun visor worn on baseball diamonds that eventually turned into the brimmed, full coverage baseball cap we know and love today. At some point when golfers adopted the style, they added rope as an extra embellishment on the hat’s brim. 

This hat style is often associated with golf of the 1950s and 1970s. You can get an idea of Imperial’s golf rope hat offerings in the 1950s from this advertisement of the Imperial Lady Liberty hat featured in an issue of Golf digest. 

In 2020, Imperial released the DNA Project, which is a series of hats based on popular Imperial golf hat styles sold from 1950 to 1990 with one hat representing each decade. For this release, Imperial chose the Original Rope to represent the 1970s. This hat was made of lightweight cotton canvas and featured a woven rope on the brim like the rope hats Imperial currently sells.

The Imperial Rope Hat of Today

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Today this beloved style is available in many different colors and is featured in several icon collections. There are a few different styles of rope hats plus options with different colored rope in addition to the hat colors. There’s truly a rope hat for everyone.

When it comes to rope hat styles, Imperial offers rope hat performance caps for a more classic look and rope hat mesh styles when you want something a little different. Both are made with performance polyester fabric, a woven rope and plastic snap closure. Choose from many different color options and pick out one or a few to sport on the golf course!

For icons, there are many rope hats in the most popular Imperial icons collections. In the Imperial Mascots Collection, for example, several of the hats have multi-colored rope rather than pure white. Or find delectable designs in the Edibles Collection with icons of your favorite snacks and beverages. These icons will bring a little bit of fun and whimsy to this style of golf hat that already has plenty of history and character. 

If you’re looking for a more serious edge in your on-course style, represent your favorite golf tournaments by selecting a vintage looking rope hat from the Championships Collection, which features designs based on events like the PGA Championship, U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. With several different colors and styles, even the ropes have a slight twist on these hats. 

Design a Custom Golf Rope Hat

So you’re convinced you need to add a golf rope hat to your hat collection, but none of the current Imperial style feel quite like the one. There’s no need to give up just yet because Imperial makes it simple to create your very own custom golf rope hat using the Design Your Own feature. 

The first step is to choose from our range of blank rope hats – from performance caps to mesh back caps, flat brim and even different fabric options like corduroy and pigment-washed cotton twill. Each style comes in a variety of color options and offers a bit of a different fit and flair depending on your personal style and the look you’re hoping to achieve. 

Once you’ve chosen one of our blank hats and you’re in the Design Your Own tool, you can mix and match colors and current Imperial icons or you have the option to upload a logo or icon you have designed yourself. 

One of the best parts about designing custom rope hats with Imperial is there is no order minimum. That means you can create your own custom creation on one of our blank hats and order just one if that’s all you want. We never want to stand in the way of your creativity and vision!

Rope hats are a golf hat classic and we don’t see that changing any time soon. Do design custom rope hats for yourself, family or friends and sport a golf hat fashion staple for the ages.