Wardrobe advice for playing golf is one thing, but what about wardrobe advice for watching golf? One of the greatest joys of discovering golf is being able to witness the world’s best golfers in live competition, combatting the most challenging golf courses in history at a professional tournament. However, spectators not accustomed to the hike of a golf course, especially a course like Whistling Straits, might realize quickly that it’s not always a walk in the park. Here are a few wardrobe pointers for golf fans headed to Kohler, WI this week for the PGA Championship.
There are three key outfitting rules everyone should go by when headed to a tournament. All of which can be applied this week for better spectator enjoyment at the PGA Championship.
1- Comfort comes first. But not always at the expense of style.
Being comfortable does not mean that you have to sacrifice style by wearing mismatched sneakers, shorts, tacky tees, and baseball caps. Fabrics have come a long way from the days of starched shirts and ironed pleats. Men, collared shirts can now be found in breathable cotton materials. Light weight, short sleeve button ups also tend to have patterns that make casual attire stand out. In either case, you will thank the collar later for saving your neck from a potential burn, and you will look more handsome doing so. Avoid heavy pants and cargo shorts, and instead substitute some microfiber shorts specifically designed for the long walk ahead (Reference Travis Matthew). Ladies, why not make Comfort synonymous with Cuteness in a romper or a sundress! Just make sure that your skirt doesn’t threaten a Marilyn Monroe billowing effect when the wind picks up.
2- Choose your shoes! Don’t let the shoes choose you.
Shoes are probably the most important accessory to consider. On a course like Whistling Straits, where the bunkers are often undefined, and the rolling landscape makes for long walks over gorgeously undulating terrain, apropriate footwear is crucial. Of all the dress shoe options for spectators, actual golf shoes should be considered as a primary option. Not only are golf shoes already designed to be weather resistant and more comfortable than dress shoes, but today they come in styles that range anywhere from appearing to be dress shoes to skater sneakers. Ladies, as much as we love to show off our legs in those cute wedges and open toed sandals, spare your feet and beware of falling into the trap of spending half the day emptying sand from between your toes. Close toed flats are a flattering and comfortable alternative. Check out Peter Millar’s golf flats are an even better option.
3- Consider your environment and dress appropriately.
Whistling Straights in Kohler, WI is a mix of industrial, brick factory buildings and the open country side. It is a relaxed setting that confronts the elements and looks out over the endless horizon of Lake Michigan. Men, don’t hesitate to poor on some country charm in sepia scale colors and soft plaids. And women, run wild with country floral prints and bright summer blues if you have the option. You’ll fit right in to both the landscape and your social setting.
4- Look at weather forecasts before packing your bags or leaving home.
Although summer forecasts are bringing mostly open skies and warm air to the area of Kohler, WI for the PGA Championship this year, Whistling Straits is also known to kick up unexpected winds from time to time. Women, a light scarf or shawl can serve to shield the sun from your shoulders and protect from the wind. A scarf or shawl is also easy to tie around the strap of your bag or purse when it’s no longer needed. Men, stay away from cashmere cardigans in the summer heat. Instead try bringing along a half sleeve windbreaker if you think you’ll need one.
Making conscious decisions about the way you dress will help you feel confident about both your level of comfort and your appearance. Most importantly, it will enable you to better enjoy the golf.