Originally Posted by newtogolf
Dress codes this restrictive usually only exist at private country clubs which also have pretty hefty initiation and annual membership fees. I doubt their dress code is having much of an impact on their membership numbers.
Public and muni courses have much more relaxed dress codes, some don't even require a shirt so the average golfer isn't going to be discouraged from participating. What it does do is give the golf haters out there another example of golf snobbery and the further the illusion that it's an elitist game/sport
I understand that. But there are many public courses where I live that have started to adapt similar rules. I don't wish to digress the thread, but it's silly to ban cargo shorts (or some other general type of clothing). Almost every cargo short is going to be some sort of khaki color and appropriate length. There are many examples of shorts that would fall under the "cargo" category that look just as good or better than non-cargo shorts. I'm fine with having a dress code, but keep it general, for example collared shirt required, no jeans or jean shorts, pants only, etc. Seems a bit silly to disallow some piece of clothing based on the location and number of pockets they have.
At the end of the day, courses should keep their dress codes somewhat vague, and enforce them when someone clearly is not dressed appropriately. I can assure you that I can put together an outfit without cargo shorts that would be entirely inappropriate for a golf course, although within the dress code, and vice versa. I shouldn't have to worry whether my khaki shorts and polo are the appropriate color and have the requisite number of pockets to be allowed to play a course.
And for the record, I only occasionally wear cargo shorts when playing golf, but the silliness of that rule is beyond absurd.