Personally, I found the headline of this recent story from CBC to be misleading. It says Pro golfer Michelle Wie outfits banned from top B.C. greens, which makes it sound like it actually did happen.
Actually, it’s more of a rhetorical question and the only people from Canadian golf operations who were queried in the story were representatives of private and semi-private clubs, one of each, so it isn’t surprising that they would not appreciate Wie’s fashion sense.
If it was actually Wie at the clubs mentioned, I wonder if she would be banned or asked to change considering the attention she would get from members, but let’s go with it.
I wonder if having two private/semi-private operations is really indicative of the entire golf industry’s attitude in these days of fashion-forward apparel that is making golf look a lot like tennis, at least for young and fit people. The women I asked about Wie’s outfits said she wears them because she can, but they’re not for everybody.
The story suggests that golf fans “watch women’s putts, instead of their butts.”
The story suggests that golf fans “watch women’s putts, instead of their butts,” but in this day and age, many don’t find Wie’s outfits particularly risque, although I don’t doubt that there’s some ogling going on out there, not only of Wie, but other LPGA Tour players who wear such outfits. In that respect, I though Wie was singled out unfairly in the CBC story.
The suggestion that women be recognized for their talents over their looks is one that isn’t exclusive to golf. It applies to all professions and, unless an outfit is over-the-top revealing, it all comes down to a matter of personal taste, which is really what many golf operations go by these days.
While a private or semi-private club may be stricter in dress codes for both men and women, public courses, especially those in a competitive market, may allow for more personal tastes, or lack of taste in some people’s opinions. Then again, you wouldn’t wear everything you see folks wearing out on the street either.
Times are changing. While private and semi-private clubs may enforce a stricter dress code, it is their right, while public clubs do so at the risk of losing customers if they go down that road.
You might hear of a kid being asked not to wear his cap backwards or to tuck in a shirt, but just as often, you’ll see flag pants, cargo shorts and even blue jeans being allowed on a golf course these days.
So, as far as banning players or asking them to change an outfit goes, does it really go on that much anymore? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to add your opinions in the Comments section below.
How often in the past year have you heard of golfers being asked to change or not being allowed to play at the golf course where you work/play because of what they’re wearing?
- Once in a while. (65%)
- Never. (27%)
- It happens quite often. (9%)