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What To Wear Out On The Golf Course

If you’re a seasoned golfer, you already know the rules. If you’re new to the game, you may have heard the rumours, and you might be feeling a little nervous about starting the sport because of it. But don’t let the dress code put you off.

Just do a bit of preliminary research and then have fun with the well-worn traditional culture of the sport. Grab your clubs, your golf umbrella, and the right attire, and get to work on improving your swing. It’s a great way to pass the time outdoors.

Each golf course has its own dress code requirements, and you'll need to make the right choices to be allowed to play there. You can’t just turn up in jeans and trainers if the rules say otherwise. That’s just part of golfing culture.

You'll want to err on the formal side with the right length socks, no demin, and even check you have your shirt tucked in - those are basics. If you’re not looking to wear official golfing trousers, then choosing something like chinos is probably a good bet. If you wear shorts, they better be tailored and on the long side.

How about shoes? These days a decent pair of golf shoes is likely to look very much like a pair of trainers. But check with the course whether you’re allowed to use spikes, because some have strict rules for the protection of their greens. You'll need to comply.

Collars tend to be required on shirts, even if Tiger Woods gets away without them. Double check, (even if you purchased the shirt from the club shop) that you’ll be allowed to wear it on the course.

When it comes to golf umbrellas, you’ll probably want to be careful about the colour and style. It needs to be easily portable, for packing away tightly in your bag when its not needed. It'll also need to be robust enough so that you don’t have to run for cover when you’re part way through a record-breaking round.

You might want to go for a more sedate colour than you would for the beach, but there are still a good selection of golf umbrellas available and they don’t all look like they need to be kept just for golf.

We hope those few helpful hints for golfing etiquette will encourage you to lose the fear of the dress code so you can just get out and play the game.