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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dress Code: The Dos and Don’ts on the Course

(I'm trying to include an occasional post on golf fashion -- especially since you guys responded so positively to the first one. Of course, I'm not a fashion expert so I'm bringing in some guest posts. This one's from James Reynolds, a freelance writer and blogger from England.)

When on the course, one area many golfers (both beginner and experienced) slip up is the etiquette that is required on the golf course. Some golf clubs are more lenient than others but most have a very strict dress code that golfers have to adhere to.

Here is a guide on how to dress (and NOT dress) for the golf course.

Golf Course Dress Code: Dos

  • Men’s shirts must always have a collar and must always have sleeves. The most popular choice for the golf course is a polo shirt. There are some specialist brands which are ideal for first timers wanting to get the golfing etiquette spot on.
  • Wear tailored shorts or long trousers. If the weather is warm and you want to wear shorts instead of trousers, make sure they are smart and tailored. Find men’s golf clothing here.
  • Take a golf bag to store your golf clubs in. A standard golf bag should store at least five of your clubs. Many golf clothing brands also branch out into bags and accessories so you will be able to find a suitable bag at your nearest retailer.
  • Socks can be either long or short but they need to be above the ankle and they also need to look smart and clean.
  • Golf shoes are to be worn when playing this sport. Specialist shoes can be purchased from most online or high street golf retailers.

Golf Course Dress Code: Don’ts

  • Do not wear a t-shirt, a football shirt or a shirt without sleeves. Shirts or tops that are too casual will not be deemed acceptable at your golf club.
  • Don’t wear your shirt / polo shirt tucked outside of your shorts and trousers. Always make sure they are tucked in and look smart.
  • Do not wear sport shorts, swim shorts or beach shorts. If you want to wear shorts, make sure you do not wear casual ones that are not tailored.
  • Do not leave the house without your golf bag. Carrying your golf clubs without the proper equipment or accessory is poor golfing etiquette and reflects badly on you as a player. Always make sure you have the right storage solutions for your golf equipment.
  • Do not wear your trousers tucked into your socks.
  • Do not wear sports trainers or casual footwear. If you are unsure of what is acceptable footwear, the best thing to do is to purchase footwear from a specialist golf shop.

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