How to Dress for a Pro Golf Event

By Matthew DeBord

Pro golf events usually take place during months when the weather is warm, but some tournaments are scheduled in spring, fall and even winter, when the temperatures can turn chilly. And even in the middle of June or July, it can rain. So it pays to be prepared when you dress for a pro event. And although the general dress code at events tends to be casual, there are a few basic guidelines you should keep in mind.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Investigate the venue. Regardless of whether the event takes place at a country club or public course, the general dress code will be casual. Shorts and T-shirts should be fine. But at fancier clubs, it makes sense to wear clothes that are relatively conservative and in good repair.
Step 2
Check the weather. Always err on side of bringing too much foul-weather gear. Pro events almost always will allow men and women to bring a backpack or tote to the course. You can use these to carry rain jackets, rain pants, windbreakers, fleece jackets or vests, sweaters, umbrellas, hats and gloves. You don't want to get caught in a sudden storm with nothing to keep you dry and comfortable.
Step 3
Consider hiking shoes or walking shoes instead of golf shoes. Although golf shoes might seem like the ideal footwear, they're really designed to support the golf swing. Walking and hiking shoes are designed for what they say they are. And at most pro events, unless you want to camp out all day in one spot, you're going to be doing some walking and hiking. Additionally, many of these shoes have better waterproofing that golf shoes.
Step 4
Leave the beachwear at home. Outdoor apparel such as moisture-wicking shirts and cargo shorts is acceptable, but board shorts and sleeveless shirts aren't. A good rule of thumb is: If I wouldn't wear it to play golf, I shouldn't wear it to watch golf.
Step 5
Remember the hat. Pro golf events often are played under sunny skies. A hat can protect you from sunburn and sun damage. Most designs are OK: baseball caps, fedoras, Panama straw hats and visors. When it's cool, ski hats are acceptable.

Tips & Warnings

If you forget something, don't worry. Most pro golf events have a merchandise area where you can buy apparel. Also, most country clubs and courses have a pro shop that sells rain gear, jackets, sweaters, hats, shorts, pants, skirts, socks--you name it. Pack an extra pair of socks. You never know when you might step in a puddle or sweat so much on a hot day that your socks become damp and uncomfortable.
If you forget something, don't worry. Most pro golf events have a merchandise area where you can buy apparel. Also, most country clubs and courses have a pro shop that sells rain gear, jackets, sweaters, hats, shorts, pants, skirts, socks--you name it.
Pack an extra pair of socks. You never know when you might step in a puddle or sweat so much on a hot day that your socks become damp and uncomfortable.
It's OK to dress like a pro, but don't dress exactly like a pro. Coming to the events dressed as if you should be on the playing side of the ropes can be a little embarrassing. So avoid covering yourself with manufacturers' logos and don't wear black long pants if it's a warm day--wear shorts.

About The Author

Matthew DeBord has written about sports, cars, and wine since 1994 for a variety of publications. Formerly the golf columnist for the “Improper Hamptonian,” he has covered major championship tournaments and played some of the best courses in America. He graduated from Clemson University and has a master's degree from New York University.

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