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Nine Holes & PSL - Seasonally Inspired Golf Style

Nine Holes & PSL by thegolfgirl ...featuring Daily Sports Long Sleeve Top



Though fall is already well underway, the frosty weather that normally accompanies the season is just now making its way to many parts of the country.

While some golfers have welcomed the lingering warmth, there are many of us who live for those uniquely exhilarating days when brilliant sunshine and cobalt blue skies are amplified by brisk Autumnal breezes.

Decidedly, we fall fanatics have some catching up to do and fortunately, a morning round this weekend may very well call for that quintessential Autumn golf libation, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Not only is it warm and seasonal, but coffee has also been shown to improve golf scores... in some cases.

And speaking of Pumpkin Spice, the flavoring has become such a popular fall favorite that its color palette has been featured frequently in home decor and fashion spreads.

To that end why consider it for your fall golf outfits? Artfully inspired by the popular PSL.

Monday

An Ultra-Easy, Last Minute Halloween Costume Idea

DIY Halloween costume: Gentlemen golfers of the 20's by Golf Girl Media on  Polyvore


The end of October will inevitably find some of us scrambling for creative costume ideas. Halloween, after all, has become huge. In fact, according to the National Retail Foundation, 48% of American adults will dress up for the holiday this year this year.  

A trip to the local department store, especially this late in the game, will yield little in the way of distinctive deguisement. For those seeking something with a bit of sophistication, even those specialized Halloween pop-up shops tend to come up short.  

So why not create your own original costume... one that gives a nod to golf history?  With just a few easily found items of clothing, slightly altered, you can create your own Golden Age Golfer costume. 

For guys, the required pieces are: a jacket and trousers, preferably wool and in a traditional pattern such as hounds tooth, tartan, or tweed. Extra points for a matching vest. Plus fours are... a plus... but regular wool trousers can be tucked into your socks, which, if at all possible, should be argyle. A basic oxford shirt completes the clothing requirements. Essential accessories include dark tie-up shoes, a flat cap and a narrow neck tie or bow tie. If you can round out the look with a pocket watch, an antique hickory all the better. 

I created the inspiration board above to give you a few ideas.

As for the ladies, I'll refer you to the piece I wrote last year on the topic. It's quite comprehensive and includes its own inspiration board for ideas.  


DIY Halloween costume: Lady golfers of the 20's by Golf Girl Media on Polyvore

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes For Golf Obsessed Women & Girls



(first published, October 2016)
There was a time, not long ago, when "sexy" seemed to have become a prerequisite on Halloween. 

Young ladies... and not-so-young ones... were choosing costumes consisting of little more than lingerie. The commercial Halloween costume industry had discovered that virtually any outfit could be made sexy by just paring down the clothing, while exaggerating the accessories. They took the concept well beyond it's early iterations; the French maid, the sexy nurse, the sexy pirate wench... to such unlikely subjects as the sexy goldfish and the sexy squirrel. There were even some sexy golfer costumes which we wrote about in detail several years ago. 

This year however, the whole "sexy" costume thing may not be quite so ubiquitous. The Donald Trump "scandal du jour" has focused the nation's attention on the objectification of women. Though this will probably be short-lived, the scrutiny may make sexy costumes awkward for both the wearer and the observer.  There's also the "Take Back Halloween" movement which has been encouraging female to select more "empowering" costumes this year, costumes that represent strong, successful women... figures from history and the world of sports. That brought to my mind the great lady golfers of the early 20th century; Glenna Collett, Alexa Stirling, Edith Cummings, Joyce Wethered. They were strong and their style was distinctive.
  
Channeling Glenna Collett on Halloween
The basic look is super easy look to replicate, requiring only a below the knee skirt, a white blouse with a high neckline and a cardigan or jacket. Finish with a pair of oxford or wingtip shoes and as a hat, a cloche or beret. Extra points if you can round up some old hickory sticks and/or a vintage golf bag. 

I found the pieces for the four looks above at various on-line stores

Pictured at left is my own version of the Golden Age Golfer costume from a couple of years ago, sourced entirely from our local thrift shop.  

It's a fun theme for Halloween, especially if you have a group, like we had that year. And it did feel empowering to dress like a historical golf champion. Unfortunately I didn't manage to channel any golf skills. Maybe this year.

Sunday

5 Fabulous Things About Playing Golf in October


1- Unencumbered Courses: A surprising number of golfers put away their clubs... along with their white clothing... on Labor Day, freeing up the fairways for faster rounds... or slower ones if that's your desire. 

A little break between nines at Vails Grove Golf Course , Brewster, NY                                                         @GolfGirlMedia























2- Gorgeous Weather:
Across the US... and in many places around the globe... October provides a perfect meteorologic medium between summer's oppressive heat and the icy chill of winter. Bereft of cloying humidity, skies seem bluer and air seems fresher in October.


Blue skies and crisp, cool air at Gainfield Farms Golf Course, Southbury, CT           @GolfGirlMedia




















3- Awesome Autumnal Fashion: Argyle, tartan, houndstooth and tweed, these quintessential fall patterns share their Anglo-Scottish heritage with the game of golf.  Autumn's rich color palettes play into such patterns perfectly and make summer's flowery pastels seem insipid and uninspiring. Fairway fashion definitely comes into its own in fall.



Wearing autumnal tartan golf trousers by Lizzie Driver                                                                                @GolfGirlMedia


4- Fabulous Foliage:
In many places the resplendent colors of Autumn reach their brilliant peak sometime in October providing a multi-chromatic spectacle on each fairway.  However the burnished hues that follow the peak... and the coppery colors that proceed it... are equally dreamy. October is a month of nature's finest 



The autumnal landscape at Salem Golf Club, North Salem, NY                                      @GolfGirlMedia

5- Fallen Foliage:
While they may be seen as an annoyance to some, the fallen leaves that sometimes swallow errant shots tend to give back quite generously. I don't know how the math works, but every October I seem to find at least two balls for every one I lose.  In addition, at this time of year many of us invoke the leaf rule, by which you simply drop a second ball in the general vicinity of your first one's disappearance and hit from there... sans penalty, of course.


Autumn leaves often abduct a cherished ball, but may also yield a hidden treasure   @GolfGirlMedia

Tuesday

Watermelon Gazpacho Cocktail - A Sublime September Tipple



With September approaching, the days will soon be getting shorter.  Our New England foliage will begin to feature lively licks of color, and ... alas... the morning chill will no longer allow for a sleeveless stroll to the mailbox. This is when I normally begin to lament... loudly... the approach of winter.

Yes, with the passage of time, I've officially become a winter lamenter.  I get gloomy at the first hint of fall; pumpkins depressed me... so do chrysanthemums and cornucopias. Especially cornucopias.  

For the past couple of years, an irrational dread of what the winter might bring has left me unable to appreciate the unique awesomeness of fall.

This year, however I've decided to overlook the end of summer, embrace Autumn, and extend...as much as possible... the abbreviated Connecticut golf season. I'm going to stop sulking and start looking forward to this season when steamy summer days give way to cool, comfortable ones.  I will now relish the last months of each year; for the spectacular changing colors, the pleasant temperatures... and the less crowded golf courses.  

There's also the prospect... once Autumn is well underway... of an Indian summer, bringing a final taste of warmth before winter takes hold for good.   This endearing weather singularity is quite common in New England, and it's the inspiration behind a unique drink I developed for our annual fall golf classic.  It's a blend of the season's most delightful ingredients and the end result is both sweet and savory, just like the special season that inspired it: The Watermelon Gazpacho Cocktail.

Saturday

LPGA Women's Network: Advice For Your Game, Inspiration For Your Life

"Solheim Cup Inspired Sweets" at LPGA Women's Network


The new network has offically launched!

On Monday August 14, as Solheim Cup week got underway, LPGA Women's Network went live with what aims to be the biggest and most passionate online forum for female golfers.  Created by the LPGA in response to input from hundreds of women, the goal is to create an online community that celebrates the growth and connections women can find through golf.

Unique content will be provided by some of golf's most well known female thought leaders and influencers; LPGA players will give fans an exclusive glimpse into their lives outside the ropes and LPGA teaching pros will present instructional videos, tips and advice... for both beginners and competitive players.  Meanwhile top female writers, bloggers and journalists will showcase the latest golf lifestyle trends with stories on fashion, fitness travel and cuisine.

As the community grows the social hub, an online forum, and a resource directory will connect community members and allow us to share experiences and find female-friendly events and organizations.

So have a look at the new LPGA Women's Network, while you're there, check out Solheim Cup Inspired Sweets, my watch party recipes. They'll sweeten your weekend no matter which side you're rooting for.




Note: Membership is free! It subscribes you to the newsletter and unlocks a myriad of member perks including exclusive discounts on travel, golf and lifestyle product. Join the LPGA Women's Network today!


Tuesday

An Ultra-Cool Winner, An Inspiring Amateur & The Elephant In The Skybox

For true fans of women's golf, this past Sunday at 2017 US Women's Open was stellar;  a picture perfect day, a course that challenged the best in the world and three players tied for the lead with just a half dozen holes left to play.

The chance of an amateur winning is always going to be tantalizing. It represents the possibility that athletic purity can best financial incentive.  It actually happened in 1967 when Cathrine Lacoste won the US Women's Open as a 22-year-old, and it looked like it could happen again for Hye-Jin Choi in Bedminster. She was one of the three in the aforementioned tie at the 66th hole of the Championship.

Shanshan Feng was another, the Olympic bronze medal winner held the lead for the first three rounds and was in line to become the first Chinese player to win the US Women's Open. She put up a valiant fight, but ultimately her putter failed her, and a triple bogey on the 18th dashed her chances of a playoff.

That playoff would have been against  LPGA Tour rookie, Sung Huyn Park, whose Sunday charge led to the win and her first LPGA Tour victory. As a long hitter with seven wins on the KLPGA her debut victory is not that surprising. Sung Huyn Park has a massive fan base and a personal style that reflects fierceness, determination and power.  On course she's remarkably deliberate. She's got a wrist tattoo, short hair and a long lean physique, her nickname is "Dak Gong", translation: "Shut up and attack". Quite possibly the coolest nickname ever.  Sung Huyn Park is formidable. She'll most certainly be Rookie of the Year and a force on the LPGA Tour for years to come.  Unfortunately, her remarkable win will not be what most remember about the 2107 US Open.  What will stand out when looking back at this championship will be the "elephant in the skybox" at Bedminster.

Though golfers, golf media and true golf fans attempted to overlook the distraction, it was for the general public, "so big you couldn't ignore it", and while there wasn't massive protest there was an underlying atmosphere of unease. There were some spectators wearing shirts with the pragmatic and now familiar message: "Elect a clown, expect a circus".  Others were less subtle, their shirts read USGA: Dump Sexist Trump.  Security was intense and kept the protesters at bay, but the galleries, for the most part, were focused on the skybox.