What Kind of Clothing Should You Wear During a Golf Tournament?

When it comes to the golf dress code, there is an etiquette standard. Professional games like PGA and LPGA have stringent rules to maintain a certain level of tradition and class. So when planning your wardrobe for the next game, checking with the field management or course is not a bad idea.

The Standard

The standard is usually a collared shirt (cotton, breathable microfiber, or polyester material). Some courses or tournament managers permit golfers to wear turtlenecks. Generally, men’s or women’s t-shirts and vests are not allowed. The rule of thumb is to dress practically yet professionally. 

For the lower half, you can choose pleated or flat-front pants to extend to the knee area. Cotton is a common choice. Some golfers wear pants made of waterproof material in hot or humid climates. Training equipment or sportswear are not approved for men or women in a tournament setting. 

Golf Shoes

As for shoes, soft spikes are popular now, so replace the old metal ones with a new pair. The use of metal nails to protect the greens is prohibited on most golf courses. Instead, golf shoes now have soft spikes or rubber spikes to help you hold the ground while causing minimal damage to the course. One of the most important factors is that they have slip resistance on the tread—no open-toed shoes or heels of any sort. 

As a Spectator

Believe it or not, there is also a dress code for golf spectators. Female spectators tend to wear comfortable flat or tennis sneakers, shorts or skorts, a sundress, or a wide edge hat. Some things to avoid at all costs are graphic tees, tube tops or strapless garments, Spandex, jeans, heels, or flip flops. Dress appropriately for the weather while still maintaining a level of class to fit the establishment.  

Male golf spectator attire is usually khakis or trousers, a golf shirt, Oxford button shirt, visor or hat, clean tennis shoes, or loafers. Stay away from gym shorts, cut-offs, or t-shirts. 

If you’re planning to spend a day watching golf, the preparation doesn’t stop with the outfit. Some items you may want to bring include sunscreen, sunglasses, insect spray, umbrella, binoculars, small portable folding chairs, and rain poncho. With your golf attire and bag packed for the day, you’re all set to enjoy a fantastic sport and a gorgeous course. 

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