What’s the big deal? What makes not having a little flap of fabric that makes a collar mean you can’t play golf? Functionally they’re the same (aside from less neck protection) so what’s the problem? To figure this out we’ve got to go back to the “good ole days”…
Throughout golf’s early rise in Scotland the game was taken from the people by the elite. King James IV had golf banned yet he himself played the game. Mary Queen of Scots was also up for a loop but did not approve. If you were well connected enough to get a game you would risk decapitation if you rocked up without a tie and your shirt hanging out of your knickerbockers!
So from golf’s very early origins the fashion stylings of the upper class and elitist d-bags have had a firm grip on what is deemed acceptable attire on a golf course.
Unfortunately the stench of superiority still wafts through many clubs today. Their extremely lame dress codes could make Snoop Dog look like an accountant on casual Friday…
Times they are a changing
It’s worrying times for the elitist folk who want to keep golf for themselves. Largely thanks to Tiger, social media and the swath of young stars on tour at the moment the game has established growing momentum in popular culture. This has attracted a young and diverse range of new punters to the game and the traditionalists don’t like it.
Let golf be elitist. When I say “aspire,” that’s a positive word. Let people work hard and aspire to some day be able to play golf. To afford to play it. They’re trying to teach golf to people who will never be able to really play it. They’re trying too hard…
— Dernald Trump
Maybe they don’t realise that without change and more importantly “new blood” the game will not survive. More clubs are closing in the US than opening… Golf has to stay relevant even if this means loosening the rules around outdated traditions and distributing chill pills to the xenophobes.
So, what about wearing a t-shirt?
Give me one functional reason why a t-shirt is less suitable than a collar? Embrace the change and grow the game!