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Golf Threads: What You Should Wear On A Golf Course

Everyone knows appropriate etiquette is a huge part of golf.

And a huge part of having appropriate etiquette on a golf course is dressing correctly.

But, how do you know if you’re underdressed or overdressed on a golf course?

The last thing you want is to look like foolish on the golf course because of your attire, or, even worse, not be allowed in.

If you’re gearing up for your first time on the golf course, or you just need a refresher, check out this guide. Here you’ll learn exactly what to wear golfing.

1. Bottoms

Let’s start by talking about the area people have the most questions about- the bottoms.


A comfortable pair of golf trousers or chinos are the appropriate choice for legwear. If you want to have a little fun with your style, colored khakis or capris are almost always acceptable.

If you’re in a pinch, black exercise pants are also an option. However, just know that denim is never allowed on golf courses.

Shorts and Skirts

If it’s a hot summer’s day, the last thing you want to be doing is trudging through 18 holes with a pair of pants on.

Luckily, most golf courses allow players to wear shorts and skirts. However, there are a few rules you need to follow.

Modesty is always encouraged on golf courses, so shorts should be just above the knee.

For skirts, is always a good idea to wear spandex underneath. To make sure your skirt is an appropriate length, do the fingertip test. Stand up straight, and place your hands on the sides of your skirt. Your fingers should be able to touch the bottom of the skirt, if not longer.

2. Shoes and Socks

In order to maintain their courses, most clubs prefer that you wear professional golf shoes.

Golf clubs are usually sold with either metal or rubber spikes. However, many clubs have now banned metal spikes because of the damage they do to the greens, so rubber is the way to go.

However, if you aren’t quite ready to commit to the purchase of golf shoes, most places allow you to wear running shoes as well.

Socks are somewhat of a divisive issue, as some believe you should wear socks that reach all the way to the skies (aka, right below the knee), while others think a pair of ankle socks are fine.

Clubs don’t really care, just so as long as you’re wearing socks.

3. Shirts

Wearing a collared top is always a safe bet on a golf course. In fact, many clubs require it.

The collared shirt should also have sleeves, and it should be tucked in at all times.

Things that will easily get you kicked out of a golf course include jerseys, t-shirts, halternecks, and tank tops.

If you’re feeling a little chilly, you may want to put on a sweater over your shirt. There are two basic rules for sweaters you need to follow:

  1. The collar should be tucked into the neck of the jumper.
  2. Tight fitting sweaters always trump baggy ones, as they look neater and allow for a better golf swing.

Now You Know What to Wear Golfing

While the dress code for golfing is somewhat strict, you can now see that it’s not that hard to abide by.

Just remember, a club can (and will) kick you out for inappropriate dress, so if you’re unsure about wearing something, always go with the safer option.

If you have any questions about what to wear golfing or the sport in general, contact us today.