BRING GOLF OUT OF THE 1940S AND INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
As someone who had to wear a uniform for over 30 years because of my job, I have always had a problem with forced formality. I do, however, see the point of uniformity in disciplined services and always toe the line. Why is it, then, that golf clubs take pleasure in creating lists of ridiculous rules around the type and style of clothing that can be worn, both on and off the course? I started to play golf as a naive 24-year-old in the 1970s and, even all those years ago, I thought the dress codes and clubhouse rules were outdated. Fast forward four decades and little has changed. On the course, I’m told to wear a particular style of shirt, socks which match my shorts and heaven help me if I tuck my trousers into my socks to stop them getting dirty on a particularly muddy course. In the clubhouse, things have moved on a little, but in the event of a match, the dress code for post-golf refreshments is often jacket and tie... It’s madness! I can eat at smart restaurants in normal ‘smart casual’ attire and rightly be treated as a welcome customer. If I step out of the sartorial line at a golf club, my standing is less than that of someone whose behaviour is completely unsavoury, but who has a piece of cloth knotted around his neck!