Golf is a preppy sport, and many of the courses strictly enforce a dress code. We always suggest wearing a shirt with a collar. Women can wear sleeveless shirts, but we don’t recommend it for men! Golf is a sport where traditional athletic attire isn’t typically acceptable.
Slacks, shorts, and golf knickers, however, are appropriate. Never, ever wear denim! Golf is a great opportunity to break out your pinstripes, plaid, argyle, and BRIGHT colors. Hopefully you won't wear them all together and at once, though! You’ll also want to be cognizant of weather, since golf is an outdoor sport.
Ladies, if you are wearing shorts, make sure they’re long enough to avoid looking offensive. Shorts shouldn’t be shorter than where your finger tips hit your leg when standing and fully extended. Pair with a crisp, sleeveless top, crewneck or v-neck tee or polo shirt – tank tops are generally too casual! Regardless of whether you’re wearing shorts or pants, make sure it has belt loops, and wear a belt. It’ll help you look polished without fuss. Always wear socks that match your trousers. To avoid tan lines when wearing shorts, go with an ankle length sock or bootie.
The standard golf outfit for men is exactly how you picture it: Preppy and perfect for the country club. A nice dress slack or short with a collared, short sleeved polo or clean, crewneck t-shirt is acceptable at most clubs. This is no place for long, loud print shorts or swimming trunks! Most print t-shirts aren’t appropriate, either. You can wear a v-neck sweater, sweater vest, or windbreaker, depending on weather. Men should always wear socks that match their trousers, and to avoid tan lines when wearing shorts, go with an ankle sock or bootie.
It’s very wise to wear a hat (either straw or baseball) or visor when golfing for both men and women. Straw cowboy hats or loud beach hats should be left at home! And, of course, plenty of SPF all over your sun-exposed parts! You should also bring a pair of nice, clean street shoes in case you go to the club house after your round and need to change out of your spikes. Ladies, make sure your feet are freshly manicured if you change into strappy sandals or leather flip flops. Don’t forget a stylish glove to keep your hands blister free!
If it’s chilly or foul weather is expected, be sure to bring a wind breaker, vest, or sweater of some sort. And, don’t forget deodorant! While golf isn’t a very strenuous sport, you’ll be in direct sun and may perspire.