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How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for the Golf Course

PGA of America
Casual, comfortable and confident on course
Jenn Harris, CEO High Heel Golfer, Inc.

Series: New Golfer

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 12:25 a.m.

The first question I ask when attending an event or party is, “What should I wear?” So, it’s no surprise that most women experience some anxiety when putting together their first golf outfit.

The good news is, as a seasoned golfer, I’ve figured out how to look fashionable and appropriate for the greens. Follow these six strategies for an outfit that is sure to be a hole in one! 

Watch the length of your skirt. Fashion trends continue to make skirts shorter, but the acceptable skirt length for most golf courses is that it passes your fingertips when standing up straight. Meanwhile, more conservative clubs will require that your skirt reaches below your knees (no exceptions). 

Never wear blue jeans. I know for sure, that if you show up to a course in jeans, you will be asked to change or buy a new outfit. To steer clear of this situation, wear colored khakis or capris, if there are no other options in your closet.

Always bring a backup outfit. As a woman and a Millennial, I like to push the boundaries…and sometimes I push too far. That’s why I always have a traditional golf outfit in the car for the off chance that I’m asked to change into something a little more conservative.

Wear comfortable shoes. As a beginner, it doesn’t matter just yet if you wear golf shoes or tennis shoes—just make sure you can walk for four hours in them.

Dress for the occasion/golf course. Each golf facility will have a different dress code, some more traditional and others more progressive and 21st Century. To be safe, call ahead, and ask if the outfit you’re planning to wear is within the rules.

Dress for respect. Golf courses tend to be conservative, and what you wear says a lot about you as a person. If you’re wearing an outfit that follows the dress code, it says that you respect the course and those who play it. 

Now, are you ready to go shopping? If so, have fun and remember to add your own style.  And you can’t go wrong buying something from the golf shop of the club you’re playing.  Not only is it a fashion statement, but it shows your love and respect for the game and the course. It also helps your relationship with the golf professional and staff…Plus, logoed items are great talking points later on with friends, as you tell them about your own personal golf course “bucket list!”