When the sky is blue and the day’s forecast practically perfect, wearing pants on the course can feel akin to showing up with a tie around your neck. Shorts, on the other hand, keep things cool – they offer ventilation and minimize sweat, and they allow for more freedom in movement, too. Whether you want to show a little thigh (the clear preference, according to 78 percent of responders in our recent Instagram poll) or feel most comfortable with some coverage, you’ve got options.
Shorts have reached new heights lately, or at least those not seen since any given track meet during the 1980s. For outdoor activities like golf, the timing couldn’t be better. A shorter hemline allows for maximum flexibility, and you’ll feel like the genius of your foursome when you wear them on a hot, humid day. Rhone’s 5” Swift Lined Shorts
– which are about as short as it gets without veering into boxer-brief territory – have a loose, lightweight structure that minimizes restriction. The slightly longer 7” Guru Unlined Shorts
are made from moisture-wicking, quick-dry fabric with ample stretch, giving you plenty of room to focus on your backswing.
Get the best of both worlds with medium-length shorts that show off a sliver of thigh—you know, just enough to distract Brian mid-swing so he chunks his tee shot. (It’s his own fault, really.) Plus, medium-length shorts lend a cool-dad vibe that won’t embarrass your kids when you swing by to collect them from the pool. If you want to stay on-trend without going super-short, try the Bald Head Blues Cape Creek Shorts
; the pop of coral will stand out on the green. The Bobby Jones XH20 Flex-Lite Solid Shorts or Bald Head Blues Boardwalk Shorts are a safer bet if you’re planning on meeting your father-in-law or a client for a quick round.
The ultimate oxymoron, long shorts skim the top of the knee and offer plenty of coverage without depriving you of a fresh breeze. They’re key if you’re on the taller side, and in tapered silhouettes, they can look as stylish and fashion-forward as their shorter cousins. (Just avoid side pockets, which take you into cargo-short territory and could get you booted from the club— possibly for a dress code violation.) The J.Lindeberg Somle Shorts
allow for movement but have an elegant, tailored look to them, while Rhone’s 10 Courtside Unlined Shorts
offer a more athletic feel thanks to a knit waistband and breathable, moisture-wicking fabric.