How To Dress For Golf

How To Dress For Golf

When most people picture a golfer, there is a stereotypical image that springs to mind – the flat cap, golfing jumper and linen trousers, but is there a dress code for golf in reality?

In short, yes, but it’s more to do with comfort than it is to do with style.

Although, it can’t hurt to look good on the course as well.

In this article, we are going to be looking at how to dress for golf and the best clothing options to make the most out of your game.

What To Wear When Golfing For The First Time

One of the problems that many beginners face when heading to the course or the driving range for the first time is what to wear.

Provided that you are comfortable, pretty much anything goes.

That being said, it is vital to remember that most member courses will have a specific dress code that you should adhere to when playing.

For the most part, this is similar wherever you go, but you should check with your course before splashing out on any of the latest golfing attire.

It is also essential to take certain things into consideration before fully kitting out your new golfing wardrobe.

Let’s take a look at the things you should (and shouldn’t) wear out on the golf course.

Collared Shirt

Most golf courses will abide by this same rule – you are free to choose between a short-sleeved or a long-sleeved polo shirt, as long as it has a collar.

The material isn’t an issue, but it is worth buying shirts that will keep you warm or cool, depending on the weather.

When inside the clubhouse, you will also be expected to wear a collared shirt, so be sure to let any visitors know this, there are some golf clubs that are relaxing the bar policy so it is always worth checking with your club.

For ladies, a proper golfing shirt is preferable, and it is highly frowned upon to wear anything that reveals cleavage.

Furthermore, your shirt should always be tucked into your bottoms.

Jackets and coats

Of course, on colder days you may require some additional layers, and there are specific rules where your outerwear is concerned.

One of the most important things to remember when selecting jackets or coats for the golf course is that you should opt for something a little more tight-fitting. This isn’t to make a fashion statement, but to ensure that any loose-fitting garments do not obstruct your swing.
Many people opt to wear a crew neck sweater over their collared shirt, and this is perfectly acceptable attire. In contrast, a sweatshirt or hoody is not appropriate and should be avoided.
Jackets that are constricting should not be worn and will likely not be detailed in the dress code for your club. Items such as denim jackets and coats should be avoided.

Bottoms - Trousers, Shorts or Skirts

It may come as a surprise to learn that there are a lot of things to think about when selecting the right pair of bottoms for your game of golf.

However, if you keep the following points in mind, you can feel confident that you will make the right choice.

● Similarly to the outwear we discussed, your golfing trousers should be made from a material that does not get in the way of gameplay.

It should also be breathable and able to soak up moisture. It’s no secret that you may get a little sweaty during play, and comfortable clothing is essential in managing this.

● There isn’t usually a rule where colour is concerned, but for the most part, golfers opt for neutral coloured bottoms and a brightly coloured top.

Although this can be reversed if you want to experiment with your look.
● Shorts should hit the top of the knee cap whereas trousers should be in line with the top of your shoe.

● Ladies may wear a shirt or golfing dress, but this should not fall any higher than two inches above the knee.

Most professionals would recommend that shorts are either built into the skirt or worn underneath.

Golf Shoes

Bear in mind that during a round of golf, you will be spending a lot of time on your feet, so it is essential that you are comfortable and that you are looking after your feet.

There is the option to wear a pair of trainers or running shoes with good grip, although this is not as widely recommended as wearing a proper pair of golf shoes.

A good set of golf shoes will feature a thick stable sole and will have excellent grip, usually in the form of soft spikes or now the very popular spikeless golf shoes.  

You can read our further article on Why Golf Shoes are Important?


Golfing Accessories

Aside from the main garments, you might also wish to consider investing in some golfing accessories such as socks.

Similarly to your other items of clothing, these should be absorbent.

However, their appearance is also important, and most places will suggest that they match the rest of your outfit and do not sit any higher than the ankle.

In terms of appearance, it is also a good idea to wear a matching belt – this serves no other purpose than holding your trousers up and bringing the outfit together.

Wearing a hat or visor is essential on hot days to avoid sun damage or heat stroke.

Additionally, a good pair of polarised sunglasses is a sound investment.

You can read our article on the Best Oakley Sunglasses

Many pro golfers suggest wearing a golf glove. This will serve as a way to protect your hands and help you to avoid calluses.

The DON’TS of Golfing Attire

When you head to the golf course for the first time, it can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t sure what to wear.

Following the dress code that we have detailed above will give you the basis for creating a suitable golfing outfit.

However, it is also important to pay attention to the things that you should not wear on the golf course.

We detailed a few things above, but here is a comprehensive list of the don’ts of golfing attire.

● Don’t wear sweatshirts or hoodies.
● Don’t wear denim jackets or restrictive overcoats. Nor should you wear outer layers that will impede your swing.
● Do not wear jewellery that dangles. Stud earrings, plain rings and short necklaces are fine.
● Do not wear any attire that could serve as an advertisement—for example, clothing with excessively large branding or logos. Additionally, you should never wear anything that contains offensive wording or imagery.
● Don’t wear shoes with metal spikes. Many golf shoes come with soft spikes, but their stiffer counterparts could cause damage to the course.
● Don’t wear shorts without belt loops.
● Don’t wear open-toed shoes, sandals or other casual footwear.
● You should never wear your cap backwards. Furthermore, when entering the clubhouse, you should always remove your cap.
● Your hat should be chosen carefully – always avoid beanies, fedoras, cowboy hats or anything overly dressy On the golf course, your hat serves a purpose.
● Don’t wear yoga pants, jeans, three-quarter length shorts or jogging bottoms. Furthermore, whilst it does not go against the dress code, cuffed trousers are frowned upon.
● Poorly fitting shirts are not a good look when golfing. If you have chosen a short-sleeved shirt, the sleeves should not sit below the elbow.


Many people enjoy a round of golf on the weekends, and for others, this is a serious sport that demands a lot of time and effort.

But no matter how often, or seriously you play, it is important to look the part and be comfortable.

Many golf courses will have a strict dress code, and it isn’t uncommon for players to be turned away for rocking up in the incorrect attire.

For this reason, it is essential that you are clear on what you should and shouldn’t wear when golfing.

How to dress for golf is simple – you need to wear clothes that will not obstruct your gameplay, are inoffensive and look smart.

A collared shirt, properly fitted, of course and a pair of suitable trousers are a good starting point, around which you can build a professional and stylish-looking golfing outfit.