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Dress Codes: Good or Bad for the Game?

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  1. 1. Dress Codes: Good or Bad for the Game

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    • Bad for the game
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...I am just happy to see that at the time of this post, people agree with me more that 5 to 1. Its good to know that people out there still respect the game and the dress code whether written or not.

Just to point out so that others stumbling across this thread don't get the wrong idea- I agree that it is good for the game overall, but its not as black and white as your poll results suggest (re: I don't completely agree with some of your viewpoints laid out in this thread...as do others).

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I agree that basketball shorts and a beater are a bit too much, but in general I think guys who want a dress code mean they want people wearing business casual, or slightly higher performance athletic gear meant to look like business casual.

I'm 27 and live in LA, so winter time is jeans a usually a nice t-shirt, and summer is shorts, cargo and non, and usually the t. I'm a 15 handicapper. I always fix divots on the green, and gather up as much grass with the roots left as I can to fix them on the rest of the course. My golf buddies and I all play pretty slowly considering we're mid-handicappers, and we always let faster groups play through on any par 3 if we've fallen a hole behind.

Well, not always. We've definitely decided not to when a group dressed like it's "casual" friday at Morgan Stanley has started angrily and condescendingly yelling the moment we weren't playing fast enough to be sitting next to the group in front of us for 5 minutes at every tee box... Ha. Maybe that's why people want a dress code. Helps weed out folks who don't act subservient enough and know their place when faced with people who's outfits and golf gear cost a lot more

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Dress like a golfer, not like you are on vacation. I hardly goto the range without full gear on. Just doesnt' feel right. I am raising my son the same way. If you look good, look like a golfer, you stand a better chance of playing well or at least look like you play well.

im happy for you and your son that you both have that opportunity/fortune. i did not. i started with a set left on the side of the road after a garage sale. the game by its nature (cost) excludes a segment of the population. i dont think that enforcing a dress code and adding more expenses to start up the game is helping out. my opinion. also, i would like to revise my earlier comment. upon thinking about it further, i would say its wrong to say that someones attire is an indicator of how they treat the course. dressed up, dressed down, both groups have their fair share of scumbags. we notice the ones that our prejudices lead us to.

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No disrespect, but I'm not buying the "comfort" argument.

Comfort:

To this, I did an experiment today. I went to play golf this afternoon (high 80s, had just rained so it was awfully humid too) in some cargo shorts. They're Old Navy brand, if that matters. They were pressed and looked "okay," and I had a polo shirt, clean shoes, and a nice golf hat on.

Comfort? Are you kidding me? These things are hotter than all the pants I own and definitely all the other kinds of shorts I own. Cargo shorts are made of THICK, HEAVY cloth. My ass doesn't sweat when I wear performance fabrics found in good golf shorts or golf pants, but in cargo shorts, uhhh, yeah. Additionally, the pockets were a pain to get in - so much so I took to sticking a tee under my hat because it would take 15 seconds to get the darn thing out of the pocket was too much hassle. I resorted to using a clip-on (on my hat) ball marker because the same was true of the other pocket. And the shorts fit, so it wasn't that.
Changing values:

I like this. I always told the golf team when I was coaching them that I like the phrase "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." The same can kind of be applied to dressing: dress like the golfer you want to be, not the golfer you are. I also feel like if I dress more like a pro, I'll play better.

And c'mon, we should look for opportunities to look nice. And yeah, my post is borderline off topic. I already voted. I'm okay with the local muni having a more relaxed dress code - and I couldn't care less about what people are wearing so long as they're within whatever course's dress code they're playing - but I'll be a tad upset if my country club allows jean shorts any time soon. P.S. As to the cost, I don't really buy it. A decent pair of slacks or shorts can cost $10. "Bubba Golf" shirts cost like $8. Just find an IZOD outlet store or an adidas outlet store or something - I can get five shirts for $40, four pair of pants for under $50, etc.

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I definitely think it's good. I think it's disrespectful to see how some people I've seen dress at my local public course (no dress code). I mean we're talking button-down shirts (unbuttoned), gym shorts, backwards hats and cut-off jeans. That's just ridiculous. My uncle will wear his cut off flanel shirt, a wife-beater underneath, old torn up jeans, and work boots. I mean come on. (His handicap is still around 15 haha). The only time I'll be disgusted with golf is when I see people that look like my uncle. (No offense to my uncle, he's still a pretty good golfer haha)

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My ass doesn't sweat when I wear performance fabrics found in good golf shorts or golf pants, but in cargo shorts, uhhh, yeah.

Off topic a bit but I laughed my ass off at that comment.

I always told the golf team when I was coaching them that I like the phrase "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." The same can kind of be applied to dressing: dress like the golfer you want to be, not the golfer you are. I also feel like if I dress more like a pro, I'll play better.

Well said

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The fact that people are honestly "disgusted" by what others wear is sad to me. SPECIALLY from what I assume are mostly americans...

Did someone really say not to discount stereotypes because theere are exceptions?

Did another poster really use the term riffraff?

This is pathetic

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Dress codes whether they be strict or relaxed are good for the game. I like a strict one personally. It does not cost alot to dress that way either. I hate that excuse.

Arnold Palmer is one of the all-time greats and one of the most respected people in the game and he believes you should try to look your best whenever you are on the course. I respect his opinion.

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i think it is good because it makes the game look classy if everybody is wearing nice pants and/or shorts with nice shirts. It simply makes the game seem classy

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i think it is good because it makes the game look classy if everybody is wearing nice pants and/or shorts with nice shirts. It simply makes the game seem classy

I agree. In our area, there is one public golf course where "almost anything goes" in terms of the dress code. Good golfers and fans of the game avoid the place like the plague because of the "regulars" who play there. The owner seems to like it that way. If he did not own the course, he probably would open up a "biker bar".

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Yes I'm sure no good golfers or fans of the game play that course.

Only criminals and degenerates.

The way people judge and condescend on others simply based on what they wear is very surprising to me.

Whatever, I'll stop posting in this thread.

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I've grown up on a private course with a dress codes, basically collared shirt with nice shorts or pants, no cargos. I dress like that even when I play muni because it's what I'm used to and it's respectable.

It is not hard to dress that way. Dockers golf shorts are like $20 and like some else said, you can get cheap collared shirts from almost any department store. You don't have to be wearing the most expensive clothes but is it really that hard to put on a nice shirt and short for a round of golf?

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I hate when courses dont' enforce it. i was playing the other week. 101 degs here in NJ with high humidity feels like 110+. these guys were out in jean shorts and underarmour sleeveless shirts.
my thought process

If you can't respect the dress code of a golf course... how are you gonna respect the course and the players that are playing? needless to say, the guys were ARRRSES and were hitting the breaks hard on the cart to see the skid marks they could make...

it might be stereotypical to make assumptions on a person about his/her appearance. but I do get a little WTF attitude when I see people in basketball jersey's out on the course... and I'll name the course - Hendrick's field - it's our crappiest muni course in essex county, NJ

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I hate when courses dont' enforce it. i was playing the other week. 101 degs here in NJ with high humidity feels like 110+. these guys were out in jean shorts and underarmour sleeveless shirts.

In my opinion, "clothes make the man or woman". How we dress is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves and how we want to be perceived by others. Here is another example of how I feel on this subject. If someone goes to a House Of Worship, and dresses like a slob, then what is that person telling us? I dress up for Church. If it is very hot (and we do NOT have air conditioning in our church), I dress comfortably, but with some class and consideration for where I am. I have seen others in shorts, sneakers, and tank tops, and I want to ask them to leave. I know that is not totally Christian, but they are NOT being respectful. These are the same people who dress like that on the golf course, and think, "Hey, this is a free country and I can dress like I want."

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Another analogy gone wrong - there are cheap sets of clubs. Heck you could assemble a set of clubs at $1 a club. My friend did.

By the same logic you can go to a charity store and buy a second hand polo shirt and slacks. Nowhere does it say the clothes have to be expensive.

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(in my area I can name any number of golf courses that have been turned into subdivisions over the years simply because the golf course wasn't turning a profit.)

Just because golf is in decline in your area, doesn't mean it is in worldwide decline. Surely all that statement does is say more about your area than golf?

Anyhow in London and South East England, golf is doing pretty well.
Actually, what has happened

Again this just says more about the area.

I don't think the Ritz in London has changed its dress code. I don't think it is on the verge of doing this or folding either.

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In my opinion, "clothes make the man or woman".

wow, now we're judging Christians....I'm sure glad I don't attend your church as I see your wrapped up into material things instead of the true message of Christ........you will split Hell wide open brother with this theory....no wonder 85% of non-churched people say that church going people are hypocrites...your perfect example of that being true after reading your post... way to be the salt of the earth, a light set on a hill....

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