As the sport continues to fight for attention from the younger generations, could easing golf’s dress code attract new fans and players?
Ron Sirak, writing for Golf Digest magazine, makes more than a few good arguments in favor of relaxing golf’s restrictions on some types of apparal and materials in this article:
This is not a call for cutoff blue jeans and tank tops, but it is a reminder that a golf club should be a relaxing place that embraces casual attire. And there is no reason a club cannot be a trendy place in which young people feel they can be themselves.
[T]he current economy has placed many golf clubs—both private and public—under increased financial pressures. Still, many of those who run clubs look to the past for solutions instead of embracing the present as the pathway to the future.
Just about all of the outfits Natalie Gulbis wears in LPGA events would fail the dress code of just about all clubs. There is something wrong with that. If professional golfers are trying to expand the fashion frontiers of their sport, why should that creativity end at the front gate of private clubs?
Abbreviated skorts and cargo shorts might spell the end of club life as we know it—and perhaps that’s a good thing. Let’s rethink dress codes and make golf clubs places young people want to hang out. They pay dues, too.
As a casual Caveman myself, I think Ron’s on to something that could really help the entire golf industry continue growing. How about you? Does your home course enforce a strict dress code? Do you think more courses should subscribe to Ron’s way of thinking and be more accepting of new fashion trends, or should things stay the way they are?