LPGA Tour members treated like children with new dress code policy

By | July 14, 2017

LPGA alerts players that a stricter dress code is coming | Ashley Mayo for Golf Digest

Reading more like a dress code for the next high school dance, Golf Digest is reporting that the following changes are being put into place on the LPGA Tour effective on July 17th:

  • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no
    racerback)
  • Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
  • Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
  • Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
  • Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
  • Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
  • Joggers are NOT allowed

Specific examples of why these rules are being updated were not specified. However, it doesn’t take much to assume that the LPGA is trying to get ahead of an ever-increasing trend towards more tight-fitting athletic gear making its way onto the course.

The real shame is that the LPGA is treating their players like children instead of professional athletes. Is the capitalization of “NOT” and “MUST” really necessary? The LPGA does have the right to put this policy into place. In the context reported by Golf Digest, it just sounds demeaning, lecturing, and humiliating to the professionals it addresses.