Going back to the time when golf was first invented in Scotland, players gave much emphasis on what to wear on the course.
Back then, golfers would wear baggy knickers that reach below the knee, tartan twilled cloth, or tweed.
It’s therefore not surprising for golf clubs or organizers at present to implement some strict dresscode guidelines on the golf course. After all, we’re indebted to the golfers who worked hard hundreds of years ago in making the game an enjoyable pastime or sport.
It’s just befitting to follow their traditions, including their choice of dress, as a gesture of respect.
So what are the appropriate attires for men and women playing golf on the course and what aren’t?
Read on to learn more about them.
By the name itself, it’s the perfect upper attire of any golfer. It’s a combination of a pullover shirt with collar that’s worn under a short sleeve. Most of the time, a golf shirt is longer than a regular polo shirt such that it remains tucked in even after swinging at the golf ball.
When playing during cold weathers, you may wear another layer of sweater, fleece vest, or jacket. You may also put on your hat or scarf to keep yourself warmer.
If the chance of raining on the course is high, don’t take a risk. Wear water-resistant pants and jackets that are made of breathable and flexible materials. This would not only keep you dry, but likewise maintain your dexterity and comfort on the course.
Pants, Skorts, and Culottes
Just to be on a safe side, do not wear jeans unless you know it’s acceptable.
There are several pants for men with textile fabrics ranging from linen to khaki or wool during cold weathers.
On the other hand, women have a choice of capri pants, knee-length trousers, or skorts.
These days, walking shorts or dress shorts are highly acceptable. This is especially true during warm weathers when casual attires are the ones very comfortable to wear.
Before you make yourself overly cozy, be reminded that gym shorts, cutoffs, and short shorts are mostly not allowed.
The most preferred shoes are those with soft spikes. Soft spikes are fine at any venue so they are always safe bets. Meanwhile, shoes with metal spikes are not allowed on a soft-spike facility as they may create an impression on the golf course.
Other footwears that are prohibited on the course are street shoes with a heel. Same as shoes with metal spikes, the print they’ll leave on the course may cause a putt to go off the line.
In addition to your golf shirt and pants, it’s just befitting to wear a hat that would shield your face from the scorching heat.
There’s also the tradition to take off the hat when shaking hands with your opponents when the game’s over. This is a genuine showmanship of respect to fellow golfers.
The hat, therefore, is not only for fashion-sake, but is also for symbolic purposes.
So far, those are the basic things you should know before stepping on a golf course. Before bringing in your A-game, make sure to also show your best golf attire.
This would not only make you look like a real professional golfer, but also as a respectable gentleman or lady on the golf course.