Originally Posted by mdl
To be a bit helpful though, if perhaps part of the problem with shorter golf shorts is that they often look like shorts only a preppy suburban dad would want to wear, a lot of surf companies have started making shorts they call hybrid or walk shorts (as opposed to board shorts) that look much better (to my eye) and are feel even lighter and breath more than my very light and breathable nike golf shorts. I picked up a pair of these the other day when I saw them on sale:
Inseam's 11", though I'm 6'2+" and they come down to about the top of my knee.
I can second this recommendation to look at the "surf" brands like Hurley, O'Neill, etc. More selection and cheaper prices. Polyester is good for shorts it is light and it dries fast. Retailers still look at golfers from the perspective of a third-world street vendor: the same products cost you more because they know you've got more money.
If you shop online, you want to buy somewhere that gives full measurements like this: Waist Measurement: 32 in/ Outseam: 21 in/ Inseam: 11 in/ Front Rise: 12 in/ Back Rise: 14 in/ Leg Opening: 22 in. Basically you get out of it what you put in, don't be a lazyass, get your best fitting shorts out and measure them with a ruler. If you find some that are perfect, go straight back and order another pair in a different color. For some reason shorts have given me trouble in the past and I had to learn all this the hard way.