Golf Attire for Beginners
So you wanna play golf? You might think all it takes is some clubs and some golf balls but in reality, the majority of golf courses have dress codes! Not to worry though, we’re here to help you figure out what the proper golf attire for beginners is and get you out on that course ready to swing in no time.
When it comes to dressing the part, the most surefire way to avoid any mistakes is simply to call the course and ask them what their dress code is. While adhering to a dress code might seem like superfluous request, many aspects of your outfit will actually prevent injury or work to make you more comfortable during the game!
Shirts for men:
The basic expectation for a golf shirt is that it be collared. This goes both for men’s and women’s clothes. A collared polo is a great choice, and one that will still give you room to express yourself. You can choose either a cotton shirt, which would be great to keep you warm on a cooler day, or a shirt made from synthetic fabric, that can evaporate sweat and keep you dry.
Shirts for women:
As is the case with men, for women a collared shirt is always a safe choice. Fabric options are available and it’s a good idea to follow the guideline: cotton to keep you warm, synthetics to keep you cool. Women have a little more freedom in this category and can opt for a sleeveless collared shirt or a turtleneck. Finally, your shirt should always be tucked into your pants to avoid exposing your midriff during a swing.
Always avoid: T-shirts, halter tops, tank tops and any shirt with a big logo or offensive language.
Pants for men:
Slacks are the most popular (and therefore the safest) choice for pants on the golf course. Most courses now allow for shorts as well but those must always be knee length. In terms of color, it’s best to choose muted tones since you’re just beginning. You can graduate to bolder colors when you’re ready to start making a name for yourself on the course! Khaki, grey and navy are all acceptable colors to start off with.
Pants for women:
For women, in addition to slacks, capri pants are also a common choice as well as skorts (skirts with built in shorts). Women may also choose to wear shorts but must continue to be mindful that they are of appropriate length. For colors, pastels are appropriate for women along with the khakis, grays and navies.
Always avoid: drawstring shorts, soccer shorts and any shorts above the knee.
Women can wear dresses if they wish to but they must be athletic dresses. That means they must be of a certain length and still uphold the standards of the imposed dress code. A standard golf dress will have a collared neckline and be worn with athletic shorts underneath to avoid accidentally exposing yourself. Also, make sure the fabric is breathable and comfortable.
Always avoid: anything short or uncomfortable.
When it comes to shoes, you might feel like splurging on those fancy steel spikes right off the bat. But the truth is, many golf courses don’t allow those anymore. Most beginners are better off with flat, level sneakers. Running sneakers will have too much padding and might throw you off your balance when you swing. If you’re ready to commit to the game, then golf shoes with plastic cleats are a great choice. They’ll keep you stable on the ground without damaging the grass.
Always avoid: sandals, flip flops, and high heels.
It’s important to remember that golf is an outdoor game, and for the entire duration of it you’ll be exposed to the elements. As such, it’s always good to be prepared with a few accessories.
Sunscreen is a must for a sunny day, as well as sunglasses. You can also wear a hat but it must fit certain regulations. Choose a hat made for sports, such as a visor or tennis cap. Though bucket hats and backward caps may look cool off the course, they would not be allowed on any course with a dress code.
On a colder day, make sure to bring a light jacket, rain jacket, or wind breaker to stay dry and warm. You should also carry a towel to keep your grips dry. Gloves are another option favored by the pros, but not necessarily imperative to the game. Gloves can help keep your hands dry and prevent blisters or discomfort.
If your slacks have a belt loop, it’s advisable to wear a nice belt since your shirt will be tucked in. As with most things golf-related, keep it simple. A nice brown leather belt is always a great choice and will make for a cleaner look.
When it comes to socks, something ankle length is appropriate. Make sure you chose a sock made of a breathable cotton that will keep your feet dry and stable.
In conclusion, in addition to your clubs and tees, a standard golf wardrobe is exactly what you need to get out on the field! Now, these tips may seem daunting but don’t be discouraged. It’s easy to dress the part without spending too much money. And remember: you can’t go wrong if you call ahead and ask about the dress code.