Whether you’re a major player, a weekend pro or a get-out-of-the-house chipper, we’re zoning in on everything G-O-L-F.
The game itself has a rich tradition dating back further than 15th century Scotland, but in more recent decades has become the unofficial outdoor office of businessmen, presidents, celebrities and athletes, alike. The course is also a great spot to network with new business associates and build stronger connections with your own team. It’s also just a fun sport to enjoy with your buddies.
So, if you’re hitting the course with the guys on a lazy Sunday or getting in a quick game with visiting clients, we have a few tips on how to put together a classic and comfortable golf wardrobe and what essentials to pack in your golf bag. Looking for new places to play? We’ve also put together a list of our ultimate golf getaways––see if you agree.
WHAT TO WEAR
THE DRESS CODE
From tournaments and charity events to regular outings, there are some things you need to know. Many courses have a dress code that requires collared shirts with appropriate trousers or shorts. (No jeans!) Check with your local golf course to be certain what their specific dress rules are, but here are a few general guidelines to follow:
- The sleeve of your golf shirt should fall three quarters of the way to your elbow
- Shorts should fall just above the kneecaps (no cargo shorts)
- The bottom of your trousers should just brush the top of your shoes
- NEVER wear socks that rise above the ankles
Golf clothes for guys come in a variety of colors and patterns. However, combining a solid or stripe polo with solid trousers or shorts and dark golf shoes is a timeless style, and one that would make Arnold Palmer proud. Try pairing a Reebok performance golf polo with a pair of lightweight, moisture-wicking adidas golf ultimate shorts. Finish off the look with a pair of technologically-advanced adidas 360 traxion boa golf shoes.
If you want to put some backspin on your golf style, feel free to add patterns or plaids; just make sure they don’t dominate both the shirt and the pants. Bold, patterned pants should be balanced with classic polos, and vice versa. Not like the mannequins you see in pro shops; they’re decked out in so many contrasting colors and patterns that they look like optical illusions.
Last, but certainly not least, protect your game from the blinding sun with a quality performance cap that will look great while reducing glare and keeping sweat out of your line of vision. If you’re not a hat guy, invest in a pair of shades. The goal here is to find sunglasses that block harmful UV rays while fitting your face comfortably.
Your style scorecard should be as clean as your golf scorecard. And chances are, if you’re looking and feeling confident on the course, you’ll be swinging that club like a pro, too.
WHAT TO PACK
Gearing up for the weekend or just getting out of the house for a few hours does require some prep. It’s best to start at the beginning of the season when you clean your clubs and take inventory of what you’ll need for the season. Here’s a checklist of what’s good to have on hand:
- an extra layer: like a lightweight pullover
- tees, balls, ball markers
- club brush
- bug spray
- extra cash – for wagering, beverage cart, the 19th hole…
RENTING A CART?
Not every course has a beverage cart making the rounds, so you might want to pack a cooler stocked with your drinks, though smuggling flasks is not unheard of. Lately, Bluetooth speakers are making an appearance on municipal courses, just keep it low and be respectful of other golfers. Then there are the cigars. Don’t forget them.
WHERE TO GO
TOP PLACES TO PLAY
Every golfer has a list of top courses and places they’d eventually like to play, from the rugged highlands and coastline to pristine, manicured greens along the beach. Here are our favorites. To experience more or book a trip, simply click on the link:
Anywhere in the UK and Ireland
If the ultimate golf vacation were being planned, we’d have to go back to the homeland of the game itself and start in Scotland at St. Andrews Links. With courses along rugged coastlines, it’s a chance to write your own name in history. Ireland, too, offers many historic and championship courses to play.
Golf resorts abound along the picturesque Monterey Peninsula. After you’ve finished golfing, enjoy a scenic 17-mile drive from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest.
Situated along Oregon’s coast, five distinctly different courses have been conceived in harmony with the natural environment. Every hole, hazard and shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence. As the elements change, so does the game. It’s all part of the tradition of links golf––just as it was in Scotland so many years ago.
Any of The Player’s Club courses are going to be great, but we settled on this western one. Woven into the Sonoran Desert with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains, it showcases 36 holes of inspiring golf and upscale amenities that let everyday golfers experience “a day in the life” of a PGA TOUR player. As Arizona’s professional golf headquarters, TPC Scottsdale offers an unparalleled sporting experience. The club boasts two championship courses and 36 professional-level holes.
The best way to experience Streamsong is to play a round on each of the two nationally-ranked courses: Streamsong® Red and Streamsong® Blue––two of the most highly acclaimed and widely pursued courses in the game today. These stunning courses are the shared vision of architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw and Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design.
A legacy that began over 100 years ago and known as the cradle of American golf, the majestic pines whisper the legends of Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus and Palmer. And the fairways of Pinehurst No. 2 offer a walk unlike any other. Founded by Boston soda fountain magnate James Walker Tufts and host to many championships, the very first was the United North and South Amateur Championship of 1901.
The Grand Strand coastline is dotted with nearly 90 courses to choose from, many just a stone’s throw from the airport…allowing you to grab your bags and hit the links moments after you arrive. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, there’s something for everyone here…and the choice is yours. We just couldn’t decide!
Host of two U.S. Opens and two Barclays tournaments, this public course is just one of the five—albeit the most difficult––located in the Bethpage State Park. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played annually on all the courses combined. We suggest tailgating and staying the night so you can reserve your tee time for first thing in the morning.
Don’t see your favorite or ultimate course to play on the list? Comment below and tell us where you’d like to tee off.