Golf Clothing Etiquette

By Daniel DiPrinzio

One of the reasons golf has long been considered a gentlemen's game is because players do not follow rules as much as they do etiquette. Players are responsible for keeping their own score and relied upon to use their discretion and honesty. When it comes to clothing etiquette, players should follow these basic guidelines to honor the traditions of the game.

Collared Shirt

Proper golf clothing etiquette starts with a collared golf shirt. Though most golf shirts are short-sleeved, there are several long-sleeve options available in department and athletic sites. Collared golf shirts also come in a mesh material for better ventilation in hot weather.

Women should also wear collared shirts, as long as it's not plunging in the front.
While golfers don't necessarily have to keep their shirts tucked in, it does project a neater look.

In cold weather, a light sweater or windbreaker is acceptable over the collared shirt.

Shorts, Pants

Golfers should wear either khaki pants or shorts. Jeans, sweatpants and jogging pants are unacceptable, as are cut-off shorts. Pants and shorts should usually be solid colors and have loops for a belt; a belt should be worn, even if it's not needed to hold up the pants or shorts.

Women can opt for golf skirts; again, they should not be too high or revealing.

Shoes, hat

Golfers should wear golf shoes with soft spikes. Generally, no sneakers, flip flops or sandals. White socks usually go with any outfit, though black socks will help complete an ensemble as well. Baseball-cap style hats and visors are perfectly acceptable on the golf course.

About The Author

Daniel DiPrinzio has been writing professionally in the Philadelphia since 2001. His articles have appeared on eHow and GolfLink, among other sites. His fiction, non-fiction and satirical commentary has appeared in several print publications including "Outsider Ink," the "Externalist," "Stick Your Neck Out," "The Philadelphia Inquirer" and the "Philadelphia Daily News." He earned a Master of Liberal Arts from Widener University.

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