Proper golf attire — What is acceptable and what is not.
One of the least favorite responsibilities of any golf professional is enforcing a dress code. Following the latest fashion trends, women show up with shorts that are too short. Men show up to the club wearing denim and t-shirts. At times, these instances can come across as confrontational when someone is required to approach a member or guest guilty of not adhering to the facilities dress code. This can be equally uncomfortable or embarrassing for the person who made the infraction of the dress code.
The dress code is determined by the owner, management or board of governors. Unfortunately, they are not the ones left to enforce the rules. That means the staff is responsible for enforcing the dress code. Remember, the staff did not make the rules when you are approached for this situation. They are simply just doing their job. Often, the facility will require the person to change or purchase apparel in the golf shop that conforms to the dress code.
What is the proper dress for women? The LPGA Tour allows sleeveless and collarless shirts to be worn during play. However, there is no specific length requirement on shorts or skirts. Denim, cut-offs and workout clothes are typically not allowed. The LPGA dress code often is not exactly the same as the local public golf course or private country club. Golf manufacturers continue to follow fashion trends. These trends continue to get tighter and shorter. Since there is not a universal dress code among clubs, you can purchase apparel in a golf shop that is considered unacceptable at other facilities. The outfit you see LPGA stars wearing on TV might not pass at your local country club.
The proper golf attire for men usually requires a shirt with a collar. The PGA Tour requires all Tour Professionals to wear a collared shirt and pants. Luckily, amateurs have the option of wearing shorts to their local public and private clubs. Typically, a golf course will not allow denim pants or shorts.
The next time you play at a course, make sure you know what is acceptable to wear. If you are not familiar call the golf shop. They golf staff will inform what is acceptable, and will potentially save you and the staff an uncomfortable situation. Many courses often post dress code rules on their website.
Matt Keller, PGA
FEATURED AUTHOR: Matt Keller is a PGA Golf Professional with over 15 years of experience. Throughout his career he has worked at courses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida and Delaware. Matt has conducted thousands of golf lessons to players of all ages and ability levels. Currently, he is a PGA Professional at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club located near Bethany Beach, DE