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A Beginners Guide To Golf Apparel: How to Upgrade Your Outfit Without Breaking The Bank
By Brandon Wedding, PGA
Trust me when I say this: I’ve seen just about every golf apparel item you can buy.
As the PGA Lead Associate Professional at Happy Hollow Club, Omaha, Nebraska, I am responsible for matching the many shirts, pullovers and pants that flow through our golf shop to help customers find the right one. We’ve done an excellent job over the past few years, too: in 2020, I was awarded the Nebraska PGA Merchandiser of the Year for Private Facilties a testament to our expertise in golf fashion.
Although some items are definitely higher priced, not every piece of golf clothing has to break the bank — in fact, looking good doesn’t really have to be all that expensive.
With a little patience, a good eye and some luck with sizing, you can put together the perfect “fit” for a lot less than you’d think. Here are some pieces that I recommend for men and women. . . You can also keep your wallet full!
Jacket: Champion Packable Jacket
Champions lightweight jacket is easy to pack, lightweight, and affordable. This top layer is both wind- and waterproof. It can be stowed in its own pocket for easy storage. At less than $50 ($38 currently on Champion.com), there’s no reason to break the bank right off the bat!
Mid-Layer: Nike Men’s Club Fleece Golf Hoodie
Do you need something warmer? This Nike hoodie is a great choice. Nike is a long-standing brand that understands what every golfer needs when it comes to warmth and performance. This fleece hoodie makes a fashion statement for spring rounds in most parts of the country. . . oh, and it’s only $55 full price.
Under Armour Men’s UA Tech Polo
A polo that is water-wicking, comfortable, and easy-care doesnt have to be expensive. In almost 20 different colors, this polo from Under Armour is the perfect polo to compliment any outfit and it’s just $45 at full price!
Sunday Swagger Geo-Printed Polo
Do you want something with a little more edge to it? Check out Sunday Swagger’s line of printed polos. Their polo ranges in price from $59 to $59 and offers no compromises in quality or performance. Every polo they offer is wrinkle-free and moisture wicking, with 4-way stretch built into. Plus, there’s plenty of fresh prints and patterns for a spring wardrobe refresh if you want to stand out in your next round.
Target All In Motion Golf Pants and 5-Pocket Golf Pants
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. You can get great golf attire at your neighborhood Target. The best part? It fits perfectly into your budget and gives you all the same tech you’d expect from higher end brands. All this for $30, with tons of stretch and moisture-wicking tech! For just $10 more than the shorts, the 5-Pocket Golf Pant offers the all the same fabric specs plus a ton of great color options and big & tall sizing, too.
Puma Fusion Evo Spikeless golf shoe
So far, you’ve spent somewhere between $100-$140, depending on weather conditions and personal choices. Now, we need to top it all off with a shoe that doesn’t give up comfort for price. Let’s start with the Puma Evo Spikeless Golf Shoe.
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Numerous different colorways lend to just about any outfit choice you’ll make. You can probably afford to buy a few pairs at $80 each.
Nike Victory G Lite N Golf Shoe
You could convince me this is a much higher-priced shoe from Nike but, for $70 all in, it’s a steal. This shoe is stylish, comfortable, and very affordable. You should grab a pair just in case other people realize it’s not an expensive shoe, in spite of it’s clean look!
Golfkicks V5 Traction Kit
This $35 kit can transform any soft-soled shoe into a Golf Shoe. Do you have an old pair of sneakers? Don’t chuck them out. Put some spikes to them and you can repurpose them for a new pair golf shoes!
Jacket: Champions Cozy High Pile Full Zip Jacket
Champions full-zip jacket with high collar and full-zip is warm and stylish at a great value. You have three options, and at $45, theres plenty of room to get other great pieces.
Polo: Puma Golf Cloudspun Coast Sleeveless
This Puma option is made from recycled materials and comes in 20 colors. It provides UV protection, easy care washing, 4-way stretch, moisture wicking, and easy-care cleaning. All this for less than $50 What’re you waiting for? Get them all!
Skort: 32 Degrees Ladies’ Skort
Costco is a magical place that seems to have it all, including the stuff you didn’t know you even needed. While you’re there picking up a pack of Kirkland golf balls, head on over and snag a couple pairs of the 32 Degrees skorts. You get four great color options, tons stretch, and sizes to fit everyone for $15.
Pants: Target Mid Rise Slim Straight Fit Side Split Trousers
Just because they don’t say “golf,” doesn’t mean they can’t be a great option for the course! These cotton/spandex pants are just the right blend of performance, style and comfort, with three coordinating-friendly colors and extended size options all for under $30.
Golf Dress: Tuckernuck Sport White Sport Wear
It’s a beautiful day out and you decide to go for a more sporty, chic look by opting for the golf/tennis dress. Great! Tuckernucks super cute dress has a great fabric. It is made of technical fabrics which keep you cool and dry, while still looking and feeling your best. This dress is only $98, and will quickly become your favorite. Shorts can be purchased separately
Puma Golf Laguna Fusion Slip-On Spikeless Golf Shoe
The Laguna Fusion Slip-On costs $80 and comes in many colors. It is sporty and lightweight making it the perfect summer shoe. The best part? These can be worn on or off-course and nobody will notice!
Adidas Women’s Summervent Spikeless Golf Shoes
Adidas has another great shoe that delivers maximum comfort and style. This shoe retails for $90, which makes it appear that it costs more than it really does. Get yours today!
Remember, just because you’re trying to save a few dollars doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Keep an eye out for some spring sales that will be running and pick up that coveted piece you’ve been waiting on. Keep your game sharp, regardless of what you do. . . Make your wardrobe more stylish!