Just as most sports tend to have a specific dress code that is required; golf has its own specific dress code as well. This means that it is very important to ensure that you are selecting the best possible apparel when you are trying to decide what to wear. Of course, each individual golf course tends to have their own specific rules but by knowing what the typically acceptable standards are it will help you to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Remember, many golf courses will refuse to allow you to play if you are not dressed appropriately, this can be highly frustrating and leave you quite upset at the end of the day if you are hindered from playing golf simply because of a misunderstanding on appropriate clothing.
For men and boys there are several things that are immediately unacceptable on the golf course. The first is the use of shirts with no collar and the next is the use of shirts with no sleeves. Neither of these are considered appropriate at any time. Other faux pas can include running or jogging pants, and shoes with metal spikes. You should take care to avoid wearing clothing with obnoxious logos or anything offensive on them as well. In addition, jeans as well as sandals are generally not permitted either.
Appropriate dress for men on the golf course tends to be either fitted pants or shorts, golf or athletic shoes and a shirt with a collar. If you are wearing golf shoes, ensure that they are soft spikes and are not metal spikes. Most courses will not permit metal spikes on the green due to the damage that they can cause. Shirts can be either long sleeve or short sleeve and can also include having a turtleneck or pull over sweater. The socks that are worn must be at least ankle length and should be a solid color with only minimal and tasteful logos.
For women you can wear such things as fitted shorts, properly fitting skirts and even Capri’s. Generally, women are barred from wearing pants of any type including jean shorts. One of the considerations that you should take into account is the length of the shorts and skirt; they must generally be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee. However, specific golf courses have their own rules regarding this. For shirts, women are also required to have collars, unless they are wearing an appropriately styled pull over in a v-neck style.
Women are also permitted to wear a sleeveless shirt as long as it has a collar, and short sleeve as well as long sleeve shirts are also permitted. Other types of clothing that is allowed is socks that are at least ankle length, appropriate athletic or golf shoes and a visor or hat. Just as with men, jeans, jogging pants and other similar apparel is not permitted. Socks must be a solid color, with minimal logos and tasteful designs.
It is also important to understand that anyone you take with you to a golf course must also have appropriate attire. As stated above the exact dress code for the golf course where you play may vary, a quick check of their website, or a fast phone call should clear up any questions you have in regards to what is appropriate and what is not if you have any questions.