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What Country Club Attire You Should Wear At A Country Club

family wearing country club attire at a golf course on a sunny day

Blog written by Perfect Practice.

Going to the country club is more than going out to eat or meeting up with friends. Country clubs have a certain style all their own, and it's important to dress appropriately. While country club attire may differ slightly from club to club, most follow a few basic guidelines. Perfect Practice aims to complement your golf game by providing you with the perfect gear as well as these great tips on how to dress the next time you go to the country club.

What Is Country Club Attire?

Country clubs have a dress code that their members and their guests follow. Some country clubs embrace a more casual golf course dress code, while others stick firmly to a professional, dressed-up style. When in doubt, go with a tailored look, tuck in your shirt, leave home your blue jeans and short shorts, and point the bill of your hat to the front. As for color, you can't go wrong with neutrals, khaki, black, or white. Contrasts are good, such as pairing light khaki pants with a dark shirt. We'll go into more detail when we distinguish between men's and women's country club attire.

Why Do Country Clubs Have Dress Codes?

For most clubs, the reason for the dress code goes back to the traditions of earlier times. Belonging to a country club is considered prestigious, and its members looked the part 50 years ago and still look the part today. The dress code is also a way for country clubs to elevate themselves above other restaurants or public golf courses. A private club caters to people who expect a certain amount of exclusivity in their service. Therefore, members of a club dress according to the exclusive code, which usually has a classy, respectable vibe.

Men Wearing Country Club Attire at a Golf Club

Men's Country Club Attire

Country club outfits for men include shirts with collars, including button-down shirts and polo shirts. They can be long or short sleeved. Shirts should be tucked in for a neat, non-sloppy appearance. If the weather is cold, and you want to bundle up, opt for a vest, windbreaker, or sweater.

For bottoms, men can wear slacks, such as khakis, or dress shorts. On your feet, wear a nice pair of socks along with traditional golf shoes or a clean pair of athletic shoes. Your shoes should not have metal spikes. You should also remember to match your socks. Don't wear white socks with black shoes.

Keep the sun out of your eyes with a baseball cap or visor, bill always pointing forward. Wearing sunglasses is important to protect your eyes, and some serious golfers even get prescription golf sunglasses, which help you see the ball better. A golf glove is an excellent accessory as it helps you keep a better grip on the club.

Country club casual attire allows for more variations on clothing that allow you to be comfortable as well as stylish. When it comes to special events at the country club, plan on wearing a sports coat and tie and dress shoes. 

Country Club Attire Men Should Avoid:

  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Cuffed pants
  • Pants or shorts that are too long or baggy
  • Short shorts
  • Hoodies
  • Jean jackets
  • Cowboy hats
  • Boots
  • Sandals
  • Excessive jewelry

Boys and young men should also follow the rules for men's country club attire! Encourage boys to dress appropriately. Taking them to the country club is an excellent learning experience, both in the sport of golf and the cultural experience of the club.

Women Wearing Country Club Attire at a Country Club

Women's Country Club Attire

Country club outfits for women offer a bit more variety than men's outfits. For instance, women don't always have to wear a collared shirt. A nice-looking women's shirt can be long or short-sleeved. Some clubs may even allow sleeveless shirts for women. The neck, however, should not be too low, and the shirt should be tucked in.

Women's bottoms can include slacks, medium-length shorts, skirts, and dresses. Golf skirts are a popular choice for many women golfers. As with men, women should dress for colder weather by layering a windbreaker, vest, or sweater over their shirt. It's key to keep a tailored, trim look so your clothes don't get in the way of your golfing.

Women's golf shoes come in a variety of styles and colors. Women may also wear athletic shoes with socks.

On their heads, women may wear visors, baseball caps, straw hats, or bucket hats. Again, sunglasses are important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, plus they look very stylish! Instead of carrying around a purse, women should can designate a pocket that is in most golf bags for personal belongings. Check out this article for tips to help keep your golf bag organized

Pops of color are fine, but it's a good idea to pair a colorful item with a neutral item, such as a bright red shirt with a white skirt. Prints are usually okay, too, but again, we recommend limiting your prints and balancing them with a solid, neutral item. Try not to pair prints with prints. The overall idea of country club attire is to be respectful, stylish, and to not stand out in a bad way.

For special events at the country club, the dress code is no longer "country club casual attire." You will want to look your best. We suggest wearing a dress, skirt, or dress pants. 

Country Club Attire Women Should Avoid

  • Jeans
  • Yoga pants
  • Mini skirts
  • Short shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Shirts that show cleavage
  • Tube tops
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Too much dangly jewelry
  • Boots
  • High heels
  • Sandals

Girls and young women should also follow the rules for women's country club attire. Take your girls along with you to learn how to play golf, and also to learn the unique aspects of country club culture.

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Dressing according to the golf course dress code is a must. Playing a good game of golf is important, too. Perfect Practice has all the accessories and golfing aids you need to become a better golfer. From our standard putting mat to our putting alignment mirror, we provide you with professional, high-quality products that will help your overall golfing image when you're at the club. We pay close attention to details, and it shows in the quality of each item.

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