So somebody, perhaps your significant other, one of your friends or a client, wants you to play golf. If you are new to the game, this could be an awkward experience.
Golf is a game steeped in history and there are a few golfing basics that you need to know before you walk up to that first tee box.
We are talking about how to dress appropriately for a shooting 18. Country clubs and even public courses often have very specific rules not only about etiquette, but also golf apparel.
Think of golf as dining at a fine restaurant. You will not only be judged on your manners, but also what you are wearing when you walk in the door. Don’t be the person that everyone in the place turns and makes comments about because they are woefully under dressed for establishment. Don’t dress to impress, dress to not be noticed.
Do you really want to bring more attention to yourself before you shank that first tee shot? If you are wearing proper attire the only people on the course that will know you can’t golf a lick are the ones in your foursome, the ones you hit standing in the next fairway over or those poor souls behind you.
For men, golf apparel is fairly standard. A short sleeved collared polo type shirt tucked-in to a pair of khakis or dress pants worn with a belt. Depending on the club, shorts may be considered acceptable golf attire. However, they must be dressy, golf shorts, and they must be worn with a belt. T-Shirts and denim should never be worn on the course.
Ladies’ golf attire is a little trickier. The rules are similar to what a man must wear, but some courses allow shorts and “skorts” although inseam length minimums vary. Rules on collars and belts also vary when talking women’s golf attire.
To be safe, we highly recommend checking with an employee of the course clubhouse to find out what type of dress is required of anyone hitting the links
We also recommend picking up a pair of golf shoes since you won’t be able to play in sandals or flip flops. Think of golf shoes as a dressier pair of soccer or baseball cleats. The shoes have rubber spikes on the bottom to help you grip into the ground for better leverage when hitting your shot.
To finish off the look pick up some kind of hat or visor as well as a golf glove. The hat helps keep the sun out of your eyes and actually helps keep your eyes more focused directly ahead of you. The glove, which you would wear on your non dominant hand, helps you keep a tighter grip on the club and also helps prevent you from getting blisters.
Your first golf outing will be a lot more relaxing if you show up looking the part. Golf is a fun game if you don’t take yourself too seriously. So have a good time dressing up and enjoying the great outdoors.