Golf, a game of rules, etiquettes, and traditions, has been known for its strictness when it comes to golf attires for decades.
Today, even though some clubs are relaxing their rules to appeal to the younger generations, most golf courses will expect you to dress in a certain style. Generally, the rule is the higher the green fees are, the stricter the rules are for playing attire.
To play it safe, pun intended, follow these tips and you will be granted entrance to most golf clubs without a problem.
Your safest and most practical option when it comes to tops is to wear a polo shirt. Most establishments will require you to wear a collared tucked shirt and polos are great for that. They can be full sleeves or half sleeves. So do not hesitate in adding a couple of them to your wardrobe.
Avoid tank tops, t-shirts, crop tops, vests, halter necks, and football shirts.
When the weather is a bit chilly, you can layer your polo or shirt with a sweater. Just make sure that the collar is tucked and that the sweater is a bit fitting and not too baggy.
First and foremost, avoid wearing jeans and sweatpants to a golf course at all costs. The majority of golf clubs prohibit them in all forms, colors, shapes, and lengths. So stay away from them.
Now that we have that out of the way, you can wear chino, plaid, cotton or khaki pants. Some upper scale establishments will require them to be tailored, but that is not always the case.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to wear a belt, as it will be more practical.
Shorts and skirts
If the weather is hot and sunny, it is completely normal to wear shorts to the golf course. Those shorts also abide by certain rules. They must not be too short or too long, preferably knee length. Also, wear a belt with them too.
As for women, they can wear shorts, skirts or skorts and those also have length rules. Most golf courses will expect women to wear skirts that are below their knees. If what the women are wearing is shorter than that, they must wear leggings underneath.
As for dresses, polo dresses are encouraged, just avoid formal dresses and sundresses.
For beginners, athletic shoes can do the job, but as you become more and more invested in playing golf, golf shoes are a must. When shopping for a pair, avoid buying ones with metal spikes because they ruin the green, therefore most club courses prohibit them. Buy golf shoes with soft rubber spikes instead.
Avoid wearing sandals, boots or high heels because they are impractical as well as not acceptable.
The style of socks you should wear depends on whether you are wearing pants or shorts/skirts. With long pants, it is better to wear trainer socks that barely show under the shoes. If you are wearing shorts or skirts, most golf clubs will expect you to wear long socks that almost touch your knees, preferably in white.
Yes, hats are optional but you will need one. So pack a golf hat with you on sunny summer days to make it easier for you to watch where your shot is going. The only rule you should follow is that the hat peak should face forward, not backward.
Additionally, it is worth mentioning that many golf courses have their own set of rules. So make sure you contact the establishment you are planning to play at beforehand and ask them for their dress code specifically.