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Ain’t That A Kick: Footgolfers, The Best-Dressed Golfers On The Course

FootGolf Fashion

Today, as the US takes on Belgium at the World Cup, we pay tribute to today’s greatest defenders of argyle and flat caps on the golf course: footgolfers.

A few months ago I attended a small summit for Hack Golf. Among the exclusive group of industy bigwigs in attendance was the head of the American Footgolf League. Few at the summit had ever heard of footgolf, but we were there to be open-minded about ways to get people involved with golf in any form.

In case it’s new to you, too, footgolf is soccer combined with golf. Players compete on actual golf courses, which cut larger holes in the greens to acommodate the ball. As in what we now must call “regular golf,” there’s a mixture of pars from three to five, though the distances are shorter.

One of the rather dubious aspects of the sport is that the clothing worn makes regular golfers look bad. I’m trying to think of a parallel here, but basically something new has come along in which the uniform is a kind of gentle caricature of proper clothing of the past. I suppose it’s something like the clothing of servants ā€” butlers, I mean ā€” which changed with the times, though always based on the clothing of gentlemen of the previous era. When gentlemen stopped wearing brocade and velvet, it became servants’ livery. The same for winged collars and long coats. Today at a swank event the patrons might be in expensive jeans while the waiters are in tuxedos.

Nothing ever moves backwards in fashion, and we should never expect to see golfers en masse in knee-high argyle socks. But footgolf is starting from scratch, and has taken as its uniform a strict dress code based on certain items that were once standard golf attire. For footgolf events (ask your home course, as they just might be planning one) the dress code typically requires knee-high argyles and a flat cap. Argyle sweater vests (featured in our last post) are a popular option. Add to that the absence of logos and the preference for wool and cotton over high-tech polyester, and footgolfers might just be making their regular-golf counterparts look silly.

And you thought they were the silly ones.

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