When leggings were recently brought back into the spotlight
over a claim they were too distracting to be worn in public (OK, but can we ban paisley ties and men’s flip flops, while we’re at it?), we wondered about their place on the golf course, where dress codes steeped in tradition rule. Before you agree that they don’t belong on the green, though, it’s worth considering whether these dress codes are too restrictive and fail to take into consideration how golf has evolved over the years.
After all, isn’t golf is a sport? While golf doesn’t involve sprint drills or tackling, it still has a lot in common with other sports, including perfecting your swing (like tennis and baseball) and sinking a ball into a hole (like basketball). Even if you have a caddy, it still involves physical activity. And few things offer the same comfort, versatility, and movement for play as leggings.
Certain golf authorities are starting to agree. According to the PGA – by all means the best authority on the topic – while colored khakis or capris are ideal, “black exercise pants” are an acceptable substitution if it’s between them and jeans, which are (and forever will be) persona non grata on the green.