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.

ACTIVITY FEED

Codi L. joined GolfLink
Jonathon N. joined GolfLink
Jessica R. joined GolfLink
Marty M. joined GolfLink

Tom O.  just went PRO!

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Basic Chipping Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image FedEx Cup Playoffs Changes for 2019

photo credit: Keyur Kamar/PGA Tour The PGA Tour has announced that...

Article Image Ideas for Golf Tournaments

A golf tournament is a great way to raise money for a charitabl...

Article Image Types of Golf Tournaments

For some golfers, the game is all about relaxation. They want t...

Article Image The History of Pebble Beach Golf

Pebble Beach is among the premier golfing attractions in Califo...

Article Image Official Golf Rules on Identifying Golf Balls

There are specific rules when playing in a tournament or a matc...

View All Related Articles