Wondering what the dress code for women’s golf is? The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) just released a new dress code for women that goes into effect on Monday, July 17.
It caused a lot of controversies in women’s golf.
The main objective of this new rule designed to help players look more professional. But, many believe that this rule is outdated and too strict.
Regardless of the people’s opinion on the matter, it is important to know what the new dress code entails to be prepared if you are planning on playing in an LPGA event or watching one.
Let’s get into more details!
The LPGA Dress Code For Women’s Golf
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) recently announced a revamped dress code for women golfers, which has caused some controversy.
The new policy prohibits racerback tank tops, plunging necklines, leggings, and workout gear.
It also stipulates that skirts, shorts, and skorts must be long enough not to reveal the bottom area when standing or bent over.
In addition, appropriate attire must be worn to pro-am parties.
Some people have criticized the new dress code, arguing that it is sexist and outdated. Others believe that it is necessary to present a professional image.
Here’s a quick sample of the guidelines, directly from the email that was sent by Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (LPGA Player President) on 2nd July 2017:
- Racerback with a mock or regular collar is allowed (no collar = no racerback).
- Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
- Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed.
- Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
- Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
- Workout gear and jeans (all colors) are NOT allowed inside the ropes.
- Joggers are NOT allowed.
It is your responsibility to notify your clothing sponsors of this new policy. The penalty for violating the dress code will be a $1000 fine, double with each offense.
This new dress code can confuse some players, but we will discuss what is allowed and not allowed under the new guidelines.
You Should Wear Racerback With A Mock Or Regular Collar
There are plenty of reasons to love racerback shirts. They’re comfortable, provide good coverage, and let you move your arms freely. But if you wear a racerback shirt, you should follow one style rule: pair it with a mock or regular collar.
The LPGA dress code specifies that no collar means no racerback, so you will want to follow this rule. Wearing a shirt without a collar is likely to result in a penalty.
The best way to avoid this issue is to choose a mock shirt or regular collar shirt. This will ensure that you comply with the dress code and can focus on your game.
In most cases, women are asked to wear blouses with sleeves or sleeveless blouses with collars. So by pairing your racerback with one of these collars, you’ll stay within the dress code and look put-together.
Plus, the collar will help to balance out the racerback silhouette. So next time you reach for your favorite racerback, ensure it has a mock or regular collar.
Leggings Under A Skort Or Shorts
While leggings can be comfortable and practical, they can also be quite revealing. Therefore, to maintain a respectful and modest dress code, the Ladies’ Golf Association has instituted a new policy regarding leggings.
Players are now allowed to wear leggings only if they are worn under a skort (a combination of a skirt and shorts) or shorts.
Besides leggings, you can also wear capris-length pants or tights under your golf skort or shorts. This look is very popular on cold days, providing an extra layer of warmth without sacrificing style. If you choose this route, make sure your leggings are solid colors that coordinate well with your outerwear.
Appropriate Attire Should Be Worn To Pro-Am Events
It is important to remember that ProAm events are professional competitions. As such, competitors should dress in a way that is respectful of the event and the other competitors. Appropriate attire for ProAm events includes:
- Golf shirts or polo shirts
- Dress in slacks or khaki pants
- Dress shoes or golf shoes
- Dressy jeans
Anyone who dresses in jeans with cut-offs or jeans with holes, joggers, or other casual clothing will be asked to leave the event.
In addition, you should avoid wearing clothing with offensive language or images. Respect the event and the other competitors.
What To Wear Golfing For The First-Time Ladies?
When golfing for the first time, it is important to dress appropriately. Unfortunately, many women make the mistake of dressing too casually, leading to distraction and difficulty concentrating on the game.
Here are a few tips for what to wear when golfing:
When golfing for the first time, you want to be sure you are dressed correctly, so you look good and feel comfortable. For the ladies, choose the right clothing for your body’s top and bottom half.
Starting with the top, you will want to choose a collared shirt. This can be a polo shirt or even a button-down shirt as long as it has a collar. The collar will help keep the sun off your neck and shoulders and look more professional than going without one.
You can choose any color or pattern for your shirt. Just be sure to avoid anything too baggy or loose that could get in the way while swinging.
If you want to adhere to the LPGA new dress code, you can choose to wear a racerback with a mock or regular collar.
For the bottom half of your outfit, comfortable trousers or shorts are the way to go. Again, you want to avoid anything too loose or flowing. Capri pants are a good option, as they provide freedom of movement while still looking neat and put-together.
Skirts are another popular choice for women golfers, but make sure to choose one that is not too short or tight.
Your footwear should be comfortable and supportive. Golf shoes are the best option, but sneakers will suffice if you don’t have any. Avoid wearing open-toed shoes, sandals, and high heels.
Golf shoes have special spikes on the bottom that help to grip the turf and prevent slipping. They also provide support for the ankles and feet, which can be helpful if you are walking long distances on the course.
Jackets & Sweaters
If you are playing in cooler weather, you may want to consider wearing a jacket or sweater. A light windbreaker is a good option, as it will protect you from the elements without being too heavy or bulky.
You can also layer your clothing to stay warm. For example, a long-sleeved shirt under a sweater or jacket is an excellent way to stay warm without sacrificing your range of motion.
There are a few accessories that can be helpful when golfing. For example, a visor or hat can help keep the sun out of your eyes, and sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s glare off the water or sand. In addition, sunscreen is a must to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Here are frequently asked questions regarding the dress code for women’s golf.
Do Female Golfers Have To Wear Skirts?
There is no requirement for female golfers to wear skirts, but many choose to do so because they find it more comfortable. Skirts allow for a greater range of motion when swinging the club. Some golfers also believe that skirts make them look more feminine and professional on the course.
How Long Should A Women’s Golf Skirt Be?
According to the LPGA, the shortest length for shorts and skirts is 14 inches. While this may be the minimum length, many golfers wear longer skirts slightly, often in the range of 14-18 inches.
The extra length provides more coverage and helps to prevent accidental flashing on the course. But ultimately, it is up to each golfer to decide the most comfortable and stylish length for her game.
Can I Wear A Tennis Skirt For Golf?
According to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the length of skirts, skorts, and shorts must be long enough not to see your bottom area standing or bent over at any time.
In other words, a tennis skirt is likely too short to meet the dress code for golf. So if you want to avoid getting turned away at the clubhouse door, it’s best to stick to traditional golf apparel.
The new LPGA dress code has been causing some controversy in the golf world. Some people feel that the stricter guidelines regarding what women can and cannot wear on the course are sexist and outdated.
Others argue that the new rules are necessary to maintain a professional image for the sport.
What do you think?
Do you agree with the new dress code or believe it unfairly restricts women’s clothing choices? In our opinion, you should follow the updated dress code to avoid any penalties on tour.
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