I've joined a senior league and I've truly enjoyed playing with everyone new so far. The pairings change every week, and players don't get to choose - I'm fine with that BTW. But ages range from 60 to 90, I'm 63. I find myself waiting to hit, to the apparent dismay of others in my group who could hit. I hit 250+ off the tee, my playing partners have ranged from 125-200. If I'm 200 yards from a green I have to wait, while my playing partners would not. I liked the guy a lot, but I was waiting to hit and one 85 year old on our second hole together volunteered 'they're a long way off.' I do not know the course yet, but I said 'so I should hit?' and they all nodded yes. I switched from a 3i to a 5i and still dropped it 10 yards behind the foursome ahead...
I understand they don't want to wait, but I don't want to layup every time they're waiting on me. Probably no good answer, but I thought I'd ask.
To those who constantly repeat that the jeans shouldn't be worn because they are uncomfortable: They may not be comfortable for YOU (although I really don't get this unless it's a climate issue), but your comfort and mine or another's are not equal. I've worn jeans as my leg-wear of choice my entire life, both for work and play. The same is true of 95% of the people I've worked and played with.
I don't wear them when it's 95° out (I usually wear neat cargo shorts), but I do play a LOT of golf in 50° and 60° weather, and they are perfect for that. They are tough and take a lot of punishment, but are easy to clean. They offer many different fits, so comfort and freedom of movement is only compromised if you choose the wrong style. They have a wide range of prices from Rustler, to Wrangler to Levis to designer styles.
I wear Wranglers mostly, relaxed fit, and I can't imagine anything better for all around wear. I wear them to work in the yard. I wear them camping and fishing. I wear them when we go out in the evening. I wear them until the summer heat dictates shorts, but even then I will sometimes change back to jeans on cool summer nights here on the high plains or in the mountains.
League this evening will probably be jeans, as the high today is forecast to be only 60°. I'll wait and see if it's cargo shorts or denim, but those are really the only choices I'll have to make. I choose not to play at venues where my preferences are under a decree of prohibition. There are plenty of really good golf courses which adhere to a more unfettered point of view.
Possibly will be going to Barcelona Spain, middle of January. My wife has her annual meeting over there this year. Weather doesn't look like it will be great for golf though. High's typically in the mid-50's. But any recommendations for golf if we can get in a couple of rounds?
Frankly, I'm starting to think that dress codes have become necessary since people refuse to dress appropriately on their own. Defendants showing up to court in shorts and shirts with the sleeves cut off is indicative of a problem. A golf course doesn't need to be quite so formal, though.
I have pretty minimal views of what is "respectful" on a golf course. I personally generally wear long pants (sometimes shorts) and a collared shirt, but that's probably due to advances in textiles. When I was younger, I wore jeans shorts and tee shirts to the local muni because that's what I had that would be remotely comfortable.
Since my friends and I were pretty much the only ones on the course one particular day when our school was the only one not having classes, we decided to take our shirts off and get a tan while golfing. We were reprimanded by an employee and told to put them back I. Looking back, I think this was the correct thing to do. We were just trying to get tans, not be disrespectful, but I think the correction was warranted.
I think a Course has the right to apply and enforce a dress code. I'd hope that they relax it a bit if a visitor were unaware of it when first playing. If a course does not want a dress code, good for them. If you think the clientele at your local course is dressed in appropriately, speak with an employee about how you think people should be dressed, state that you will not patronize a place that allows such horrible cretins to breathe the same air as you, and then do not return. The free market will decide if your business was important enough for them to force your opinions on others.