|Cargo shorts on course.... last weekend at Candlewood Valley Country Club|
Several years ago, the appearance of cargo shorts on a golf course was likely to cause... consternation... or worse. A most private clubs they were relegated to the inappropriate column, right there with halter tops, spandex, collarless shirts and often, anything denim. Even municipal, public and daily fee courses tended to view the ample, multi-pocketed trousers as unseemly.
We called it the cargo controversy when we wrote about it in 2008. The post... which focused on the outcry that followed one country club official's call to ban the polarizing garment... produced a spirited debate. Ultimately the consensus seemed to split equally between those who felt that cargo shorts were perfectly acceptable for golf and others who wanted to see them relegated to that aforementioned list of forbidden frocks.
Much has changed since that early post. The ensuing years brought a prolonged financial crisis that hit golf particularly hard, hastening a decline in the number of players and fans. Younger players, in particular, were proving very difficult to engage and retain.
|Jeans: the new khakis? For some players, on some golf courses, maybe so.|
Stalwart traditionalists might balk, and exclusive country clubs will certainly maintain a more rigid set of rules, but on this Autumnal afternoon, the more relaxed dress code seemed just about right.