The game of modern golf was born back in the 18th century when the first Rules of Golf were set. At about the same time, early golf societies came up with a dress code. Even though this dress code has changed several times since then, tradition is still with us.
Many private golf clubs have their own rules dictating members what to wear. Municipal clubs don’t have a dress code. So if you are not a big fan of rules, you can always enjoy a nice game on a municipal course. But if you don’t mind following the dress code, you can easily become a member of a private golf club.
So what do you need to know about what men and women wear when they play golf? Keep in mind that the modern dress codes don’t just set a certain style, they help you enjoy a comfortable game.
1. Golf Shoes
According to experts at The Golf Society, the first thing you have to think about is shoes. Golf shoes have to be comfortable. If you ask Google, you’ll find myriads of options to choose from. If you want to make sure your feet don’t start crying for help in the middle of the game, pay special attention to comfort.
Ideally, golf shoes should be made from natural materials. However, these days, you can find synthetics that wick sweat away from your foot, making it feel cool and comfortable all day long.
If you order golf shoes online, always check the store’s return policy. If the shoe feels even slightly uncomfortable, return it.
Modern golf shoes come with spikes. Try to avoid metal spikes. Not all clubs will let you in wearing such shoes since metal spike can damage the lawn.
2. Collared Shirts
Both men and women are often obliged to wear collared shirts. Usually, it’s long-sleeved or short-sleeved polo shirts. This rule dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries when men used to wear suits to golf courses. A collared shirt was an integral part of the attire.
Thankfully, these days, we don’t have to wear suits anymore. However, tradition is still with us. Why don’t clubs change it? Wearing a collared garment is an excellent way to protect your neck from sunburn. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Especially when you spend several hours under the burning sun.
3. Shorts and Skirts
If you are a woman, you are probably wondering if you can wear a skirt. Let’s be honest. Playing golf in a skirt is a bit uncomfortable. But if you are keen on playing in this garment, make sure you wear leggings underneath. Check the rules of the golf club before coming in wearing a skirt. Some of them may not allow such attire.
The best way to go is to opt for shorts. However, shorts come with their own nuances. They have to belong (about knee-length or a little higher) and have belt loops. You don’t need to wear a belt, but loops are often a must-have.
Golf Attire for Cool Weather
It’s nice to stick to shorts, skirts, and polo shirts when it’s warm out. But what happens when the weather gets colder? Cold weather doesn’t mean that all dress code bets are off. You have to follow the general rules while keeping yourself warm:
· Sweaters – you can wear a sweater over your shirt. However, it’s important that the colors aren’t too bright while matching the rest of the outfit. It’s better to stick to something neutral, such as beige or light blue. Some men and women settle for dark red. Consider plain designs rather than patterns.
· Hats – caps may not be sufficient for keeping you warm in the fall, so you can use hats. There are no rules for using hats except for the color. It’s better to keep them neutral without any design. Since the sun may still be an issue, you could wear a visor over the hat.
· Coats – if the weather is so cold that a sweater is not sufficient, you could wear a coat. The color and design requirements are the same as for the sweater.
Golf Attire for Rainy Weather
If it doesn’t pour, slight precipitation shouldn’t keep you from going out to the golf course. The right approach to your clothing could make you comfortable in the rainy weather. All you have to do is use a little imagination.
Take advantage of water-resistant clothing. When it rains on the golf course, the rules become a little relaxed. You could bring a raincoat (whatever color it is, but it’s better to stick to neutral hues if possible).
If there is rain in the forecast, be prepared for the worst. Meaning, your clothing should either resist water or be protected from it.
When choosing what to wear in the rainy weather, think about your ability to move freely. A raincoat shouldn’t keep you from making a good swing.
Golf Attire for Hot Weather
When the weather is hot, you have to be careful not to get sunburned. Sunburns are among the most common problems golfers face. When you are deep into the game, it’s easy to miss the warning signs of burns or, worse, a sunstroke.
Your clothing should be your protection. Today, it’s easy to find clothing designed to keep the sun off your skin. You can even purchase caps with a sun protection factor. Consider opting for pants and long-sleeved polo shirts to protect as much of your skin from the sun as possible.
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Ideally, during the hot season, you should stay away from the golf course between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. The time may vary depending on your area.
Dressing Inside the Club
When you go to a private golf course, you may want to opt for a dinner or a cup of coffee in the club’s dining room. Many people wonder if they should change clothing when they do that.
The majority of golf clubs have a dress code. Inside the building, it doesn’t differ from what you should be wearing outside. However, it’s a sign of good manners to change clothing when you return from the golf course. After all, no one wants to enjoy his or her tea next to a sweaty golf partner.
Other Things To Consider
Both men and women should remember that even though our world has changed tremendously in the past three centuries, traditions are still important. Many golf clubs care about the dress code and violating it could keep you away. Always check the dress code before coming into the club. And keep the following in mind:
· Stick to white socks without logos – the length of the socks may vary according to your preferences.
· Consider neutral colors – white, beige, and light blue should become your best friends. You may consider light green or dark red as well.
· Wear a cap or visor – make sure they don’t interfere with your vision while protecting your head from the sun.
If you make a spontaneous decision to visit a golf club, wear white socks, golf shoes with soft spikes, Docker-style pants and a shirt with a collar. This attire will get you inside 90 percent of the golf clubs.