In July 2017, the LPGA issued an updated dress code policy for its tour players. The new, tougher code included rules such as “plunging necklines are NOT allowed” and “leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed” (with all caps for emphasis). The guidelines even extended to Pro-Am parties, where LPGA members are required to wear “appropriate attire” and no “cut-offs or jeans with holes.”
The policy adjustments definitely raised some eyebrows. Professional female players, though, are held to a different set of standards than everyday enthusiasts, who face slightly more lax rules at public courses and private clubs. In fact, some municipal golf courses don’t even have specific dress codes, but adhere to an unwritten rule book on attire, expecting players to simply dress appropriately.
Generally, a collared shirt with pants, shorts, or a skirt that hits no more than five to six inches above the knee is a safe bet. For higher-end courses, collared shirts are a must – no t-shirts – and denim is a big no-no. Tank tops, cut-offs, halter tops, sweatpants, gym shorts, and swimsuits are also usually not permitted.
If you’re unsure about a course’s dress code, call ahead so you’re not turned away. But to help you follow the standard rules, we’ve rounded up some pieces from Hedge that will look chic – and appropriate – on and off the golf course.