Why do Golf Courses Have Dress Codes [Infographic]

Ever wonder why golfers wear those clothes they do? Well they are following the golf course dress code. See what’s a must and what you can get away with.

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Why do Golf Courses Have Dress Codes?

Golf has long had a dress code and etiquette that players must adhere to. This has been a way to keep new golfers as well as veterans of the game in line with the traditions of the game. Each course and golf competition has its own rules on dress code.  

Golf Course Dress Code

So, what attire is appropriate for golf courses?

Collared Shirts

Most golf courses mandate that men must wear a collared shirt. Women must wear modest-looking shirts, which can include collared tops.  No t-shirts are allowed.

Trousers or Shorts

Most courses require men to wear trousers when playing. Knee-length shorts are generally allowed as well. However, jeans shirts, jeans or cargo shorts are not permitted. Players should not wear any type of workout or fitness clothing.

Golf Shoes

Golfers must wear either soft spikes or traditional metal spikes to play on the courses. Trainers, running shoes and the like are not appropriate for most golf courses.


Traditionally, golf courses require socks to match the player’s full attire.


Golf courses usually only permit baseball caps (clean and not beaten up) or straw hats to be worn by players.

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  1. Tradition does not seem to be an adequate reason, given the many fabrics and the supposed desire of the golf industry to attract and retain players. If my playing partners and I are not offended and are otherwise not violating the law, I resent being told what I must wear to play a sport. Any golf course that wants my money must grant me that freedom or they get no $. Plenty of other sports are competing for my time and money.

  2. I understand women looking modest and men not looking like slobs but mandating a collared shirt is a bit much.

  3. And we wonder why the golf industry is struggling. Time for change. If you want to attract new and younger golfers to the sport, you need to be willing to change. It is a sport after all, why not treat it like other sports and allow for comfortable athletic wear. By sticking with ‘tradition’ you are telling younger folks that this is your parents sport, not yours.

  4. As long as its clean, in good repair and doesn’t provoke negativity, who cares? I guess my heathen ways are showing

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