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Is Golf’s Dress Code Outdated?

Yes.

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.

But seriously—can we lighten up a little bit? I get it. Golf is a game of tradition. In the same sense, though, golf is a game of advancements. If we didn’t change a thing about golf since its inception, the game would be obsolete by now. 

Adapt and thrive or fail to survive. 

This is exactly how I view golf’s heinous (yes, heinous) dress code. In what world does it make sense that players on the PGA Tour can’t wear shorts? And don’t even get me started on collared shirts. From the professional ranks to the municipal course, the dress code must change if golf has any shot at bringing in a new cohort of golfers. 

Let’s talk a little bit about why I think golf’s dress code is outdated and what can be done about it. 

Changing of the Guard

Golf is already controversial enough. From silly rules about fairway divots to rolling back golf balls to make the game harder, it’s very clear to me what the golf gatekeepers are doing. 

No, they’re not trying to protect the sanctity of the game although this may be the facade they hide behind. Instead, they claim interest in “growing the game” while making everything about golf less appealing—starting with the dress code. 

Golf’s dress code is pushing away more golfers than anything else about the game. Not LIV, not music on the golf course, not the ball rollback. The quickest way to invite new golfers into the game is to lighten up on the dress code. 

In my honest opinion, there shouldn’t be a dress code at all, outside of the requirement to actually wear clothes on the course. 

On paper, it sounds great, but implementation is not that easy. It starts at the top with the Tour. Until the PGA Tour can get off their high horse in regards to dress and grooming standards, clubs around the globe won’t see any reason to change, either. 

Let’s take a look at LIV. Did Anthony Kim playing a pro-am in shorts, off-white sneakers and a T-shirt take away from the “sanctity” of the game? Not in the slightest. Instead, it got golf fans talking and having open discourse. 

Even in regular LIV tournaments, golfers are allowed to wear shorts. What a novel idea! Who knew that a professional golfer was allowed to show bare calves? 

Until the PGA Tour loosens these silly regulations, golf courses around the world will continue to acquiesce to what the gatekeepers decide. Instead of welcoming the budding golfer or the newbie, they turn them away for rocking up to the course in a T-shirt.

No collar? No bueno. 

That, too, must end if golf wants any shot at including (not excluding) new members from joining the glorious golf ranks. 

The guard at the top of the game must change first. 

Until the gatekeepers and rulemakers become younger, more inclusive and less judgmental, golf’s dress code will never be relaxed. 

Traditional Logic

Can anyone give me a good reason for collared shirts and long pants? Any takers? 

To me, the only reason the dress code still exists is in the name of “tradition.” What tradition? Has golf not outgrown certain traditions already? Last I checked, we don’t play hickory clubs. Let’s leave those in the past along with golf’s outdated dress code. 

I’m all for golf being different. And, yes, most every professional sport has a uniform or dress code. But when Michael Jordan first entered the NBA, he wasn’t allowed to wear the predominantly red shoes that NIKE had designed for him. 

While it was more than likely the Air Ship that was banned by the NBA, Jordan generally tells the story with the Air Jordan 1.

As any good business does, the NBA adapted. Now players wear what they want and are free to express themselves through their footwear. So, too, should golf adapt and modernize. 

There is no sound logic for requiring collared shirts or long pants. Joggers are acceptable but shorts aren’t? Hoodies are OK but only when worn over a collared shirt? Give me a break. 

Golf must adapt, lest the game be abandoned in droves for less traditional sports that work to be inclusive and accepting. 

My Solution

The solution to all of this is easier than you think. Eradicate the dress code. Require only clothing appropriate for the game (essentially, a top, a bottom and some sort of footwear). 

Anything beyond these guidelines is superfluous. The repercussions are only positive, in my opinion. 

More golfers would feel comfortable on the course. PGA Tour players wouldn’t sweat through their pleated pants or strip down to their underwear when wading through the water. 

And, best of all, the 15-year-old kid who owns only a T-shirt and shorts won’t be turned away from hitting balls at the range. 

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      NoDrawAllSlice

      3 months ago

      I would be curious to see what an actual PGA Tour player would have to say on this take. My bet is that pretty much NONE of them would agree with “eradicating” the dress code, but perhaps would concur with a less restrictive standard. Personally, the dress code to me is part of the ‘respecting the game’ mindset and that is what I love about the sport. Even a hack like me who is not going to dazzle anybody with his skill set, can still respect the game and appreciate the finer points (if you will) of the game of golf. I’m not so “kids get off my lawn” old that I am opposed to some revision to a dress code, but the tee shirt, gym shorts, flip-flops guy(s) that take 4 – 5 hours a round are unbearable to me. The YouTube golf influencer influenced crowd of golfers and the ‘old guard’ should at least be able to meet somewhere in the middle on some points, but a lot of that younger “YouTube golf influencer” influenced crowd have taken up the game with zero intent of learning the game, the traditions, the etiquette or any of the “do/do not” elements of golf than I think. Just my $.02.

      Candidly, the “Bros” cohort that show up at the course … who are actually in full alignment or above with dress codes … with the mindset that they are the only people out on the course and other players be damned … as long as they can “hoot and holler”, play their music at concert levels on speakers designed for a DJ booth and spend a day devoid of ANY consideration of others or their surroundings … THAT crew bothers me more than “flip flop guy” in all honesty. (Ugh…so maybe I AM “kids get off my lawn” old. That sucks. LOL)

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      Walter

      3 months ago

      The professional golfers get paid to wear branded clothes and the more we have to pay for those clothes, the more they get paid for hawking them.

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      BH

      3 months ago

      Boy, Connor…. This one sure got some attention.

      I haven’t seen too many dress codes on the muni’s around here. I have also seen some of the most abhorrent etiquette imaginable on these same courses. I’m no Judge Smails, but the older I get, the more I agree with the statement that “some people just don’t belong.” Those “people” are the ones who don’t give a rip about anything but themselves. Sadly, this seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days. I would rather see someone playing golf in a pink leotard and crocs (insert gag sound) that knows how to be respectful to other golfers than a stiff in a tux that’s driving a cart through an unraked bunker. The problem is, it just don’t work that way. Therefore, if you can’t/won’t follow some very simple rules, there’s no way you will observe (or even attempt to observe) golf etiquette.

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      Jeff Plunkett

      3 months ago

      This is a ridiculous article. Some people actually like to get dressed Connor(sp). To say someone decides not to play golf bc they can’t wear a t-shirt and sandals is wrong. And it seeks to drive a wedge between folks who love to play the game.
      Grow up!

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      Jive

      3 months ago

      Absolutely the dumbest article I have seen. What an an idiot

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      Dondo

      3 months ago

      Stick ti LIV golf,, we, who don’t mind the rules, will stick with Profesional golf,,also,,you can wear shorts and t shirts in most golf courses that are not private courses,,so

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      John

      3 months ago

      You have missed the mark. The dumbing down of standards rarely produces a better outcome. Anthony Kim’s dress looks foolish.

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      Eric Clarke

      3 months ago

      Anen. Golf is a game of tradition. If people love golf and this history of tradition they will grow into golf and see this. If they want to bypass this history and modernize golf to a lesser standard go play cornhole.

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      Christo

      1 month ago

      I like dressing up for golf. It’s not a uniform, it’s personal pride. Some golfer’s look like they got dressed in the dark regarding colour coordination but I still believe smartness adds to the game. I owned bars and clubs and have seen many a “faux pas” where I could’ve suggested a personal dress code. I love a nice golf ensemble and there are endless choices and ripped jeans cost more than golf trousers so nobody is priced out.

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      Dok

      3 months ago

      Golf is controversial enough? Really? What’s so controversial about following a set of rules? This is the type of jibberish we get from a generation of participation trophy winners.

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      Lee gilbert

      3 months ago

      Dress codes are to sell golf clothing and justify high prices. Dress codes are to promote exclusivity and use that to exclude people that members are trying to avoid. Gated communities and money must be seperated from the common labor force.

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      GONERIGHTAGAIN

      3 months ago

      You can buy golf clothing pretty cheap as well. Whether it’s Amazon, Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshalls….
      So to say that all golf clothing is expensive is just a lie

      Steve

      3 months ago

      So it’s the shorts and polo shirts that are exclusionary and not the initiation fees, annual dues equipment and greens fees? You picked the least expensive part of the game and call that the exclusionary part? I don’t even know what to do with that.

      Dr Jeffrey Yap

      3 months ago

      Yes , I am all for shorts and collarless T. Shirts . But , more importantly, golf should evolve with the times. It should change from the 2 nines to 3 sixes golf courses. It will take less time . More people can play. Golf clubs can have more revenue.

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      Just Steve

      3 months ago

      Face it, the reason for the dress codes – at least initially – was to keep a certain demographic out of the private clubs. Their club, their rules….. got no issue with that. In fact I too had the experience of having to buy a shirt from the pro shop but worse. Went to play at a semi-private club that we play at two to three times a year. Never realized they required a collared shirt as I always wear them to play out of habit to keep sun off my neck. Well, I had on a new Under Armor sports tee. Paid $60 for a size large polo (the biggest they had). Had to split the side seams and cut off the sleeves so that I could wear it under the UA tee with the collar out. (I’m a 3XL)

      As far as I’m concerned I say keep the dress codes. If you can’t afford to go to walmart and spend $50 on a polo, and a pair of shorts or a pair of pants to play in then you got no business spending $25-50 to play a round of golf in the first place.

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      Jack

      3 months ago

      I live on a muni. I have seen people in cutoffs and sleeveless tee shirts playing music loud enough to be heard a fairway away. I bet they agree with this op-ed. I also think they don’t understand why you rake traps, fix divots, yell fore on errant shots, not drive on greens or tee boxes, not shout and yell profanities at every bad shout and missed putt, search for lost balls for ten minutes. There is a reason for rules, tradition, decorum, and stuffiness. It sets a tone, and allows others to enjoy an environment without unnecessary intrusion.

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      Bob

      3 months ago

      Amen

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      PaulG

      3 months ago

      I agree 100% with you Jack. There is a difference between being comfortable and being a slob. Good manners have gone out the window.

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      Joe T

      3 months ago

      So we want to take away the “code” of dressing like a gentleman. The game of golf is a gentleman’s game why would you eradicate the culture to promote some woke ideology to make people “feel” more inclusive. Sorry going the wrong way on this one. Thankful my club has a fairly rigid dress code. Feel free to rock cut off shirts at a public course.

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      Dan Mikeska

      3 months ago

      I live in Florida. Most places have a strict dress code and enforce it. There are some clubs that are lax with the code. I’ve seen players barefoot and some with a regular tee shirt. None of it looked trashy. As long as it’s tasteful I don’t have a problem with it.

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      Sonny Beach

      3 months ago

      If you can’t follow rules, you damn sure shouldn’t be golfing!

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      Ned

      3 months ago

      I guess the rules don’t apply if your name is Tiger. He has worn mock neck shirts on tour. No collar no problem for Tiger.

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      Ned

      3 months ago

      BTW the LPGA doesn’t have these rules.

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      Javier

      3 months ago

      But they do have a dress code. They at one point got rid of the dress code and there were players wearing inappropriate outfits, according to the tour. The problem becomes the term inappropriate and what we can all agree on as appropriate. If you don’t have some sort of requirement people will push it and we will be back to a dress code.

      Ian

      3 months ago

      Snob

      David glof

      3 months ago

      It’s how to keep the poor away. And anyone that agrees with elimination of the dress code. Stay on your public courses, you’re not welcome at real courses and private clubs.

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      Mike

      3 months ago

      Connor, please tell me exactly where a kid has been turned away from a public range wearing a t-shirt. Will never happen. I wear sports/performance t-shirts at the range (though not on the course).

      And do we really need new “cohorts” of players? Have you been on a course recently? At my home course this weekend (in the Northeast), I just checked the tee-sheet & nothing is open before roughly 3:00. I can’t imagine any golfer, or at least anyone who takes the game a little seriously, wants more people on their course.

      As for dress code, why is everything these days so “dumbed-down” to the lowest common denominator? Hey buddy, no one’s “forcing” you to play golf. What exactly is the harm of dressing a slight bit nicer than what you would wear when cleaning out your garage. I definitely don’t want to go back to the days of long pants & collared shirts only (hey, Tiger wore Henley’s & they look pretty good). But I do understand why anyone would ever wear jeans on a golf course. They look like crap, they’re not warm in the winter & you sweat like a pig in them in the summer.

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      Joe Cook

      3 months ago

      I agree the courses are crowded enough and with land so expensive only premium golf courses will be built in the future and most can’t afford them

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      David Campbell

      3 months ago

      German physicist Max Planck once, somewhat cynically, declared, “golf fashion advances one funeral at a time.”

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      usmcgyrene

      3 months ago

      After reading all the comments, I’d like to say Lighten Up! I’ve been playing this game since my childhood. This season will be my 47th. I’ve endured all the ridiculous golf fashion that has come and gone in those many years. So what if the group in front of you are wearing T shirts, or, heaven forbid, listening to music. It must be incredibly bothersome to hear a faint whisper of it because you are 200 yards away. I wear collared shirts on the course. Mostly out of tradition, but it’s a pretty dumb one. I understand, to some degree, the PGA having a dress code. They want that as part of their image. Us regular Joe’s don’t need any of that.

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      John

      3 months ago

      Good points my only concern is when will it then go to tank top and gym shorts

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      Greg

      3 months ago

      It’s called a “Gentleman’s Game”. In the early days of golf, they wore ties and jackets. The dress code has evolved to the point where it’s casual but still resectable. Used to work at a private course in the late 90’s that didn’t allow the Tiger mock turtleneck collar. I thought it was a ridiculous rule. Having said that, please no jeans, T-shirts. I think “GET IN THE HOLE'” guy annoys most of us.

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      Greg Baldwin

      3 months ago

      It’s called a “Gentleman’s Game”. In the early days of golf, they wore ties and jackets. The dress code has evolved to the point where it’s casual but still resectable. Used to work at a private course in the late 90’s that didn’t allow the Tiger mock turtleneck collar. I thought it was a ridiculous rule. Having said that, please no jeans, T-shirts. I think “GET IN THE HOLE'” guy annoys most of us.

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      Jack

      3 months ago

      You play a sport you usually have a uniform or a jersey and equipment. Costs of golf clothing is very small compared to softball jerseys and basketball. Online sellers and outlet stores, as well as BJs and Costco sell collared golf shirts for $19 and shorts for same. Some expense? And considering working for a living and trying to get tee times you probably need all of one set to be dressed for once a week golfing. Since sneakers are just like spikeless shoes probably not needed to be purchased. Playing music on the golf course is like the old days with a blaring radio at the beach, use earphones, not everyone wants your selections in their head. If you want music loud go to a concert or roll up your windows and blast it in your car. Bringing down standards has done nothing to promote anything but has denigrated consideration of others and heightened certain levels of rudeness.

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      Chris

      3 months ago

      The funniest part of all these comments against relaxing a dress code is that many of them are written by people who think in their mid-30’s they are going to make the PGA Tour from their local dog track. Private clubs are allowed to do what they want because they’re private. They can keep the dress code as they see fit under the guise of “tradition”. Cool. If I play those courses, I’ll play along. But if it’s Saturday, at my local, with buddies, you can believe it’s T-shirt, shorts, music, beers. Having a dress code is driving more people from the game than attracting them to it. Believe it or not the game can be taken seriously and treated with respect regardless of what you decide to wear on course. And if what someone else is wearing is keeping you up at night, you should devote that brain power to improving your own game instead of finding ways to keep other people off the course.

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      Kurt Rightmyer

      3 months ago

      I’m a muni player only and I love the idea of a dress code. I often wear shorts with a soft, collared shirt. What’s the alternative? A torn t-shirt that says, “My other club gives lap dances!”?

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      Tony P

      3 months ago

      Imagine showering & shaving, then putting on decent clothes….I suppose those that are against that are either single or have a wife that tolerates the high school look.

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      Steve

      3 months ago

      Brilliant

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      Vivek

      3 months ago

      Well said mike , no one’s forcing any one to get on a golf course .worse in shabby attire.

      Dr Tee

      3 months ago

      I think the dress code thing is over at public courses but lives on inappropriately at private clubs. Where I play, La Paloma in Tucson, there is a collared shirt rule. I believe this is really to create decorum in the clubhouse and dining venues. Strangely, hoodies, which I often wear, are tolerated and are OK everywhere on the property ( I guess they are considered collars) but imho would seem decidedly “gangsta” and a tough pill for those with brooms up their behinds to swallow.

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      John W.

      3 months ago

      I would think the clothing manufacturers would want to let professional golfers wear shorts. The tour is a display window of current styles and fashions. During the hot weather months of summer I’m not looking for the latest long pants and collared shirts being offered at my local golf outlet.

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      Shane

      3 months ago

      I’d prefer to see an article about how to get people to play in a reasonable amount of time. What will drive someone away from the game more than a collared shirt is taking 6 hours to complete a round. There are already great courses that have little to no dress code (sweetens), an elevated experience comes with an elevated atmosphere. Theres a reason the Masters lives up to the hype more than any other sporting event in the world. While I have a plethora of snarky comments I could make, how about we focus on things that matter instead problems that virtually only exist at private institutions.

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      Michael agishian

      3 months ago

      I agree with you. The four older gentleman in front of me who had me wait on every single shot while one would duff it 50 yards, walk back to his cart to drive to his partners balls 25 yards ahead of his previous shot. All while wearing collars and literally making my round take 6 hrs. Their choice of dress that day did nothing for pace of play. I was pretty fresh myself btw

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      Dean

      3 months ago

      “Music on the course!” “Collars are uncomfortable!” “This 250 year old rule is stupid!”
      The MGS mission to turn golf into bar league softball puzzles me. Carts strewn with Busch light cans, blasting music I don’t want to hear, while their occupants sport cut off sweats and tank tops is not the atmosphere I’m looking for. Slippery slope hyperbole? Perhaps. But if you’ve seen “average golfer” you may tend to agree. If dog track public courses (some of which I play) want to cater to the masses to further overfill their tee sheets, I suppose it’s their prerogative; I’ll take my business elsewhere. Some times we should consciously dress for the activity in which we are participating. Golf is a traditional, classy, dare I say aspirational game. It should feel special.

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      Mike

      3 months ago

      If you’re dressing for the activity, is golf not an athletic sport? Since when are slacks and a polo considered athletic apparel?

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      Ramon

      3 months ago

      When I’m playing golf.

      GONERIGHTAGAIN

      3 months ago

      What does what the PGAT regs on what players wear have to do with what regular people wear at the course?
      I started playing when I was in my mid-20’s and was making around 20G’s. I actually enjoyed having to get “dressed” to play, made the time on the course special. Also your complaints about dress code seem really to do with CC’s and resorts. Which is probably 10% of the golfing public.

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      Peejer

      3 months ago

      Organized sports all have uniforms. The PGA Tour allows for more creativity, yet requires pants. I always thought it was a stupid rule, until I tried to watch LIV. It’s hard to take those guys seriously with music booming and wearing shorts, hence the moniker of exhibition golf (even though they have talented golfers). Image matters!
      For my local course, they require shorts (no cut-off or gym) and collared shirt. I don’t think it’s too much to ask. And as someone stated above, there is no shortage of golfers (we all fight for tee times every single week), despite the rising costs. Keep the standards – it’s no different than some restaurants having a dress code. Maybe that’s the answer? Want to wear gym shorts and t-shirts, fine – go to TopGolf or putt-putt. Want to play a nice course, dress the part.

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      Sure Light

      3 months ago

      Wearing a collard shirt makes me feel like a golfer & im sure im not alone. I’m all for not being stuffy because but it’s ok to have decorum. Did folks fight on airplanes when you had to dress up?

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      Matthew Levens

      3 months ago

      I am 52. I come from Action sports background. I also have MS. With my MS I cant take heat. I also need compression socks due to years of beating my body up. I play at a public course but the looks I get and comments are very funny to me. If I was a younger person it would sure steer me away.

      I play in High tops shorts compression socks. I wear button down shirts and some Punk or Metal band hat. Yes I am covered I tattoos and my hair is a mohawk.

      I find that whoever I play with after hole 2/3 we are the same it is a perception

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      Harold Cornett

      3 months ago

      I am solid in my opinion golf is different. Superior to many other sports. I want appropriate shoes for golf, a clean non vulgar shirt, slacks or appropriate shorts and clean. No hats turned backwards in club house. Music in cart, at a volume only you can hear while in your cart. Absolutely no profanity anywhere.

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      JY

      3 months ago

      Can someone explain what is the purpose of a collar? I had to buy a $150 collared shirt from the pro shop at a golf course because the dress code police wouldn’t let me play in my golf Henley shirt. I’m in the middle on this. I’d like to see some standards (i.e. I don’t wanna see guys wearing their shorts around their knees, or showing off their man boobs). I think you will be banned for life at Augusta for even suggesting something like this. I guess you gotta let the house decide the house rules. I just think the collar rule is stupid.

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      Raden

      3 months ago

      Agree in a way dresscode can be no code. But stay sleek and stylish please ;)

      Free dress code and always repair divot, avoid slow game, play by the rule

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      Steve

      3 months ago

      This entire discussion boils down to a collar on a shirt. Outside of the PGA tour shorts are common place. So the entire objection becomes; but I want to wear a T-shirt and have it untucked. No one is staying away from golf because they aren’t allowed to wear a T-shirt or that a polo shirt is too expensive. Amazon sells them real cheap. Even the title of the article portrays an attitude incongruent with a gentleman’s sport. Do tennis next, have you seen their uniforms!

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      Hopp Man

      3 months ago

      I am playing in Ireland and was looking at the dress code on some of the courses we are playing, must have shirt tucked in, no cargo shorts, collared shirt, no hoodies etc. I think it is ridiculous, especially the no cargo shorts as that is mainly what I wear and play in, especially on vacation as I need all my extra pockets to carry crap in. Most likely I will be wearing rain pants over my golf shorts, have to wear a belt that I hate and maybe some long golf pants if weather is crap. Sigh. I remember some courses I played in Scotland that had similar rules but when we actually showed up to the course, locals weren’t exactly following the dress code.

      Lighten up Francis, let people be comfortable.

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      Sean Dillon

      3 months ago

      Almost every course in Ireland has a similar dress code.Howeber, I can’t believe anyone is wearing any kind of shorts in Ireland at the moment.

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      Experienced

      3 months ago

      Golf is a metaphor for life. We don’t always have to lower standards to make everyone comfortable. Golf is a gentleman’s game. If you don’t maintain that expectation at “the club” it takes away from experience of the real golfers. You will have a course full of hackers that don’t mind any of the “rules”, disrespecting other players, holding up play, abusing the carts, hitting up on people…..it becomes a shit show. Anyone who works at a course will tell you this. Maintaining pace of play is important. The guy that shows up in a tee shirt is the guy that people are reporting to the ranger….The oblivious guy playing his radio with a 12 pack on his cart. It’s a fact. If a person doesn’t own a shirt with a collar there a plenty of other leisurely things they can do for the day. Keep standards high for yourself and your kids and they will elevate themselves.

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      B-Rad

      3 months ago

      Those pants should be outlawed for men all together! But I do like pissing the old people off at my club and wear golf hoodies which they have tried banning on our course. Sorry, if we sell it, we can wear it.

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      Bill

      3 months ago

      A total nonsense article from someone who doesn’t understand golf, tradition, or historical perspective.

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      Stev

      3 months ago

      Leave it up to the courses with regards to how they want to enforce the rules. I personally have golfed in jeans and tennis shoes and don’t like it. However, if it works for you and your course, go for it.

      And I agree with what was said about attracting young people to the game. The price of entry is EXPENSIVE, even if you do it on the cheap. Spend your money on clubs, balls and range time. Don’t keep people out of the game if they can’t afford a new wardrobe.

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      Bob

      3 months ago

      Why do people belive that a degradation of a standard, somehow attracts more people towards a sport.

      When you lower standards, it drives people away. No one wants to go to the gym after someone arrives wearing wear muddy jeans and combat boots, because it’s not appropriate.

      The real problem people face is two fold – Cost & Accessibility.

      Golf was on terrestrial television for years. As kids, we all watched the Ryder Cup, Masters and so on.

      Now i cant afford the individual golf channels at 50 a month, on top everything else. Out of sight, out of mind.

      Then there is cost. The average set of irons is 900 whatever your currency. Then add a driver, hybrids, putter oh and balls, bags and Tees.

      Suddenly, no one cares about dress code because they are not playing the sport period.

      Let’s admit people play sports that are accessible. A football costs almost nothing, yet people are not advocating for players to forgo a uniform standard just to play.

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      Scott S

      3 months ago

      Absolutely agree! Lowering the standard does not improve ANYTHING, it only lowers everything that follows.

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      Bill

      3 months ago

      Agree, & we are already playing 4.5 hour rounds, this only attracts people that make it 5.5 to 6 hour rounds.

      Jethro

      3 months ago

      preach!

      Peejer

      3 months ago

      Well said and I totally agree with you.
      Loved the point about football !!

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      Lou Lechner

      3 months ago

      If you are new to the game you shouldn’t be buying new equipment. The investment is too large to be disappointed in a season or two. I work in a golf box store and don’t hesitate to point out used clubs to incoming golfers on a budget. Buy better when you play up to the equipment and the value on equipment that is 2 or 3 years old can’t be ignored. Besides new equipment won’t help beginners only lessons will. I see too many players laying out $600 for a driver when they should be buying a package of lessons of equal value.

      As for the dress code I don’t think putting on a polo shirt is ridiculous. You can get shirts similar in price to tee shirts at Costco, Ross, Sam’ Club, ebay and Amazon. Want a statement, wear the ugliest polo you can find.

      BTW, I love music on the course within the confines of my cart

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      Livininparadise

      3 months ago

      This is sarcasm, right? What golf course needs more people? Can’t get tee times around me right now.

      I can not believe how stupid the comment of having someone putting on a collared shirt is going to drive people away in droves. If that is all it would take, people wouldn’t have started playing in the first place

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      Livininparadise

      3 months ago

      100% agree. The article missed the mark in so many places

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      Ryan

      3 months ago

      There is no shortage of a “new cohort of golfers.” Tee sheets are filled week in week out and getting a tee time has never been more difficult. Golf companies are breaking records every year. I have no issues with dress code as long as the person is respectful and practices basic golf etiquette. However, your sweatpants and hoodie wearing crowd can sometimes be the characters who are blasting speakers 2 fairways away, not repairing divots, driving carts next to greens, etc. Golf is also a game of class. So I like to dress and act like it. At higher end courses it doesn’t hurt to wear a collared shirt.

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      Natha. Royse

      3 months ago

      I see lots of men in their 60’s and 70’s in collared shirts driving on the fringe, not fixing pitch marks and not replacing divots. Assholes are assholes doesn’t matter what they are wearing.

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      Mike

      3 months ago

      I see a lot of newbies and young people doing dumb crap also. However, I think (I hope) the difference is that many newbies have never had someone explained golf rules and etiquette, especially while they’re playing. As for old guys doing dumb crap, they’re just lazy.

      Livininparadise

      3 months ago

      That is true, but no need to encourage them by dumbing everything down

      MIGregB

      3 months ago

      First, let me start off by saying that I’m an old guy who has watched and played golf for more than 60 years. So that means my views are probably tinged with some “how it’s always been done” bias. But I fall just short of Connor’s complete dress code eradication. As long as shorts & shirts are “serviceable” (not full of holes and overtly dirty/grimy), I’m good with it. But I feel the same way off the course; I don’t like the look. As far as private clubs and the tour are concerned, they can set their dress code as their membership sees fit. But one huge difference between private clubs and the tour is the fact that without an active and growing audience, the tour is toast – I don’t care how much money investors pour in. So they better start doing something to appeal to what should be a very desirable target audience, young people. If getting rid of, or just relaxing, something as esoteric as a formal dress code helps that goal, it needs to go away.

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      Connor Lindeman

      3 months ago

      I feel like this is a good middle ground!

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      George

      3 months ago

      I’m with you (old guy) LOL. Common sense standards should apply (no holes, grimy, obscene “sayings on shirts etc). I play (not well,) in pretty colorful shits, shoes etc. I get comments but quite frankly non have been negative and what the heck, I am out there to enjoy my (poor) game, the weather, my friends.

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      Buckeye Golfer

      3 months ago

      At the same time, if you’re playing at a private course, or a privately owned public access course, it’s the prerogative of the owner as to what the dress code is as they’re trying to run their business the way they best see it for the clientele they’re trying to attract. And if that means a collared shirt, that’s what it will be. If you don’t like that, go to the local muni course where there are no dress codes.

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      Will

      3 months ago

      They should make it stricter to drive people away so I can play more. At least at my local public courses, golf is actually too popular right now. Just the other day I got to the range only to find out that not only was it completely full, they’d actually run out of balls. And it wasn’t even from me slicing them into the woods this time.

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      Ed

      3 months ago

      With golf courses closings, do we need to add more people? A LOT of people started in 2020.Courses are crowded already. As far as clothing, I pay $20 for a golf shirt. Shoes are really cheap now. I bought a new pair for $20. You can buy used clubs and bags really cheap. Some golf balls are dirt cheap.I paid $9 a dozen for new golf balls. More people will only increase green fees due to demand and a shortage of golf courses. Golf is expensive if you want to spend money on higher end products.

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      Rich

      3 months ago

      There isn’t a universal dress code. Some courses I’ve seen guys out in jean shorts and a tank top. Others require long pants and for you to tuck your shirt in. If you don’t want to dress up, don’t go to one of those courses. It’s the same as going to a nice restaurant- I don’t want to sit next to some dude’s gross feet and armpit hair. It’s okay to still have some decorum.

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      Suge Light

      3 months ago

      Saw this after I posted & whole heartedly agree Rich! Also when it’s hot you can open it up a bit

      Reply

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