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Golf’s Unofficial Dress Code

Golf’s Unofficial Dress Code

Golf’s Unofficial Dress Code

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No one likes to tell someone what to wear, and there is no all-out standard, but golf still has”appropriate” clothing rules — in general. 

 

 

 

Some of the outfits you see PGA or LPGA tour professionals wear today actually may not be acceptable at your own local golf course.

I can speak for nearly every golf professional and golf course employee that one of our least-favorite job duties is enforcing a dress code. Even in a tactful manner, telling people they are dressed inappropriate for the golf course is unsettling, to day the least.

While some confrontations are as simple as tucking in a shirt, others can involve telling customers they need to replace their denim jeans before they tee it up. Please, make a conscious effort to show up prepared. I guarantee the staff does not look forward to enforcing the dress code; and it is equally embarrassing for the player.

In addition, players sometimes become hostile after being told they can’t play or must change.

The following dress code is fairly standard throughout the industry:

Golf has an unofficial dress code, but if you're unsure use good judgement and call the course ahead of time or check its website.

Golf has an unofficial dress code, but if you’re unsure use good judgement and call the course ahead of time or check its website.

No Denim or T-Shirts

The majority of golf courses do not allow any denim, including jeans or jean shorts. If you show up in jeans, expect instructions that you can’t play. Or you always can purchase another pair of pants, shorts or place rain pants over your jeans. More often than not, T-shirts also are considered unacceptable dress for the course.

Kid Rock shows us why golf dress codes should be strictly enforced.

Kid Rock shows us why golf dress codes should be strictly enforced.

 

Acceptable Dress for Women

Unfortunately there is not a standard dress code for all of golf, and women’s appropriate dress varies greatly between different facilities.

The fashion trends found on the LPGA Tour are often not acceptable at your local country club. During a recent episode of The Golf Channel’s extremely popular Big Break Season 11 “Florida” reality golf competition, women wore spandex outfits that resembled workout clothes more than golf attire.

In addition, the LPGA has no restrictions on the appropriate length of shorts, skirts or skorts. However, many country clubs often adopt dress code that requires shorts reach specific length above the knee. Women usually have the option of wearing sleeveless shirts with collars or no collar if the shirt has sleeves. Women also have the option of tucking their shirt in.

 

 

Acceptable Dress for Men

The standard dress code for men requires a collared shirt, and wear it tucked in. Hats are to be worn in their intended fashion (not backwards or sideways). In addition, men typically are required to wear slacks or shorts.

Unacceptable shorts include gym shorts and bathing suits.

Following golf's dress code general rules may let you play without staff interruption but it doesn't guarantee style points. Just ask John Daly here or a new generation player like Rickie Fowler.

Following golf’s dress code general rules may let you play without staff interruption but it doesn’t guarantee style points. Just ask John Daly here or a new generation player like Rickie Fowler.

Find the Appropriate Dress in Advance 

The next time you play a course, make sure you know what constitutes as acceptable clothing.

Trust me, the golf professional or staff do not enjoy enforcing the dress code. Remember, the staff did not develop the rules. Rather, the dress code is determined by the owner, management or board of governors. If you are unsure about acceptable dress, call the golf shop in advance. The staff will be more than willing to inform you of any potential violations before you arrive at the facility. Also, check the course website, the appropriate dress is normally posted so you know well before tee time — or when some uncomfortable worker has to approach you and ask you to please change.

And then there are those who wish golf's dress codes weren't always so strict.

And then there are those who wish golf’s dress codes weren’t always so strict.


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