Pros and cons of the golf dress


You may not find a golf dress on the racks at your local golf course, even though every major golf apparel company has at least one in its latest catalog. From the sporty selections at Nike and Adidas to the higher styling at AUR to the downright feminine options from Greg Norman, the golf dress seems suddenly sensible, maybe even for the non-girly-girl.


Here's why:

• The golf dress requires no unzipping, unbuttoning or retucking for pit stops.

• The golf dress generally does not constrict the midsection in any way, not only freeing the golf swing but lowering the heat factor.

• The golf dress streamlines the decision-making required to coordinate a top with a bottom.

• Fabricated in today's technical materials, the lightweight, easy-care golf dress travels and washes well.

• The less sporty, more feminine styles of golf dresses would present well at several vacation locations, making them good values at between $70 and $150.


Here are a few cons, or at least considerations, when shopping online for your little black (or some other color) golf dress:

• The golf dress generally is suited to warmer weather. Although many of them look pretty great with leggings on a cooler day.

• One young (very pretty) fashion designer feels overly exposed wearing a golf dress. Really, if you feel self-conscious about your skin, this is probably not a style for you.

• The golf dress may require more careful hat and shoe choices than shirt-and-shorts do. (Golf fashion don't: Black shoes. You want to elongate the leg with a shoe color that closely matches your skin tone, generally a range between brown and beige and white.)

• Know that the dress you order is not going to be as short as it looks on the model in the picture -- and, indeed, you might want to hem yours.


Just remember, if you hem your golf dress too high, you are going to make some country clubs nervous. GottaGoGolf is not all that opposed to making some country clubs nervous. In fact, we're waiting for golf boots to go with our new golf dress.

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Author: Susan Fornoff -

Susan Fornoff is an accomplished journalist and author who in 2010 founded GottaGoGolf as a media company for women who play golf for fun. Her moving and funny memoir, "Confessions of a Golf Slut," debuted earlier this year in print and eBook. To subscribe to her blogs, visit and

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