Dress Right For A Gentleman's Game Of Golf: A Guide To Dressing For The Greenie
If you're new or even a little experienced at the wonderful game of golf, but are still not sure how to dress appropriately for a day on the green, here are some tips on basic clothing and accessories.
1. Shirts and Pants
Shirts can be long or short-sleeved, depending on what's appropriate for the weather. The main thing to remember is that it should have a collar. Generally, a cotton-knit fabric breathes nice, and allows for flexibility and movement, which you'll need to work on your swing. Functionality is key in golf-wear, but looking good while playing is never going to hurt you.
Don't show up to the country club or course looking shabby in ratty jeans or an old T-shirt. Holes are for your golf balls, not your golf apparel. Remember that you are playing a dignified gentleman's game, not attending a frat party.
With that said, khaki slacks are good pants for golfing. There are pants made that have a grip lining in the waist, so that no one sees anything they don't want to see. Long shorts are acceptable in hot or tropical weather. Speaking of weather, you can purchase sweat-wicking shirts to wear in muggy weather. You'll be glad you did when you're on the 13th or 14th hole in the heat.
Wear shoes that are comfortable, yet classy looking. You can get away with boat or canvas shoes, but a true gentleman would wear leather wingtips or oxfords. There are shoes specifically designed for golfers, and some have cleats for better support, but you don't have to spend a fortune on the best and latest shoe designs. Simplicity is the hallmark of a gentleman's style.
If you are interested and seriously out to improve your game, you should invest in golf shoes, even if you need to save for them. Meanwhile, you can wear that pair of wingtips previously mentioned.
3. Accessorize Like a Boss
Invest in a quality pair of sunglasses. Get a hat or cap that looks sporty understated. Belts are not something to fuss over, but don't go out there looking like a cowboy with a Texas-sized belt buckle. Again, keep it simple, slim, and understated. Stay comfortable, yet decent looking.
Style in golf can and should be achieved. There's no reason to go to the course looking like you slept in your clothes and just got up. Show some pride in how you look while working on your skill.
Next time you suit up for golf, you'll know how to dress like a pro. Playing like a pro is another story that only you can write the ending to.