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Raise your game

Troy Patterson
Troy Patterson • 3 min read
Raise your game
Golf apparel can border on awful. Check out these tips on how to look stylish on the golf course. Fore! Look out, golfers. The opportunity to transcend awful sporting apparel is available, now more than ever.
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Golf apparel can border on awful. Check out these tips on how to look stylish on the golf course.
Fore! Look out, golfers. The opportunity to transcend awful sporting apparel is available, now more than ever.

Even if you make it out to a public course only once in a while, you know what I am talking about, having seen how very, very awful things can be: polyester polos, ancient cleats, drab Dockers. And the scene can be worse yet at private clubs, with members competing not only on the links but also to see who can throw the most money away on an overpriced pro-shop kit offering false promises of technical properties. The caddies do a good job of keeping a straight face.

But, now, mass-market retailers are teaming with top professionals to supply great gear that is both stylish and comfortable. And speciality shops are teeing up stuff that is very special indeed.

Take, for instance, the recent Uniqlo X Adam Scott collaboration, which brings together the Japanese chain and an Australian athlete formerly ranked No 1. They are offering svelte polos and trousers attractive enough to wear to the office, despite being made from a quick-drying technical fabric.

Then there is Linksoul, founded by golf-apparel icon John Ashworth. In his first incarnation, as founder of an eponymous brand that was huge in the 1990s, he charted a path away from the bad plaids of the Caddyshack era. Now, he is designing golf clothes that cross over into streetwear, as in the case of denim slacks and T-shirts emblazoned with the Linksoul slogan: “Make Par, Not War.”

Resort brand Devereux is earning good reviews for its polos. Athletic experts appreciate the technical properties of the company’s performance pique (92% polyester, 8% spandex), while fashionable duffers love the attention to detail manifest in sharp colours, shapely collars and interesting prints.

Speaking of Caddyshack, I should point out that Linksoul proudly counts Bill Murray among its customers. Speaking of Bill Murray, please note that the Lost in Translation actor’s own line of sporting apparel, William Murray Golf Collection, just got a great write-up on the PGA Tour’s website: The top seller in the collection has been the Old Fashioned Polo, which pulls inspiration from the fictitious Suntory ad campaign in the movie.

To round out your elevated golf outfit, consider a pair of shoes from JM Weston. Their ready-to-wear models cost US$970 ($1,320) without spikes, and $1,340 with them, though not too many people are buying spikes these days, according to David Berrios, the company’s US director. Too many courses are worried about tearing up the greens. For autumn, try Weston’s traditional Golf model in a box/suede combo.

From left to right: JM Weston Golf derby, in blue boxcalf, Linksoul linen textured blazer and Devereux Sunday polo and Cruiser shorts

But what to wear it with? Berrios says: “Some of our guys wear Argyle sweaters and chinos, and some guys are wearing denim slacks and polos.” — Bloomberg LP

This article appeared in Issue 795 (Sep 4) of The Edge Singapore.

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