GottaGoGolf checked in with five top designers of women’s golf clothes to find out what they like for fall. Their choices were so gorgeous, we showcased them in a mini-version of GottaGoGolf Magazine we hope you’ll enjoy flipping through.
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Golf companies are working hard to make women’s golf clothes that are fashionable and functional. Leggings have fashion and function — heed these tips.
Nike tights in action
I started using leggings on my annual golf trip to Reno-Tahoe. It’s always the first week of June. Some years, it snows. Some years, we wish more rooms had air-conditioning. What’s a woman to do?
I like skorts and golf dresses. So I started packing leggings to wear with them. And now leggings are my favorite golf accessory — mainly functional, but sometimes just for the looks. Recently Iconic Sport sent me samples of both their warm leggings and their cool leggings, and I tried them out.
Sharp Park in Pacifica, California — all green and foggy.
Now that women are eligible to join Augusta National and the Royal & Ancient, what reason do they have for excluding men from their own ladies’ clubs? Here’s a little story about what happened when two men handed in applications to my club.
The former men’s club at Sharp Park Golf Course opened its ranks to women a few years ago, and several women have joined. The municipal course, a well-worn but lovely coastal 18, is owned by the uber-liberal city of San Francisco, and the thinking was that gender restrictions could no longer be defended in a place and time where men and women are deemed equal.
The now-called “Sharp Park Golf Club” doesn’t have regular play days — it has a dozen or so large tournaments and awards winners “frog bucks” (certificates that can be spent on rounds and merchandise at the course). Women play from the forward red tees, which are rated even harder for them (72.7) than the white tees are for men (70.6), so, in addition to playing a 540-yards shorter course, they benefit from a handicap adjustment of two strokes.
This year, women have won a couple of the handicapped events. These women also happened to be members of the Sharp Park Business Women’s Golf Club, formed half a century ago to play on Sundays because most so-called “women’s clubs” were weekday groups. This club, much smaller than the Sharp Park Golf Club, meets weekly for varied formats and, except in major tournaments, a $2 bet. I’m co-captain of the SPBWGC; the other co-captain belongs to both clubs. Continue reading →
When should a woman risk muddying her outfit to save a few strokes? If she studies the rules on water hazards carefully, she might save strokes and dry cleaning! Gail Rogers shows the way.
In my first four-ball tournament, I hit a second shot on a par-5 into a lateral water hazard. I was prepared to take a drop when I saw the ball was sitting in a very muddy lie. Wearing a terrific pair of new white linen pants, I thought the drop was my best option for a number of obvious reasons.
But my partner, who was in even more trouble on the hole than I, said, “You can play that ball as it lies with no penalty.” From the expression on my face she knew I was not thrilled with the idea of looking like I had just gotten out of the mud baths in Calistoga, so she hastily added, “I’ll pay the cleaning bill.” Continue reading →
You’re on the first tee with a new group that includes players much better than you are, and a wager is proposed. What do you do now? Remember these tips.
I played in a tournament recently with a lot of players whom I did not know, and the other ladies in my foursome were putting in $20 apiece for a tournament-wide “skins game.” I wanted to fit in, so I handed over my twenty and signed my name.
GottaGoGolfers, how stupid this was! A “skin” goes to the low score on a hole, and there aren’t any carry-overs or fractions. In this 36-hole event with 180 players, there might have been only five or six holes where a competitor beat every other player in the field — birdies on the hardest holes, perhaps — and I promise you those competitors were not 20-handicappers. And there went my money. Continue reading →
The pros don’t take many shots, but even they sometimes get disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. If the best players in the world and their caddies can’t get it right, how can we? Gail Rogers tells how.
My club’s first tournament is this month, and I have noticed recently several tour players getting disqualified for signing incorrect scorecards. If they can’t get it right, how can I?
In 2011, I was assigned to the scoring area for the last two days of the United States Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. The job requires maintaining a quiet area for the players and encouraging them to stay within the area until every detail is checked, even as emotions run the gamete from pure joy to total frustration or even anger. When they arrive I normally say, “Ladies, I ask that you remain within the scoring area until all scorecards are checked and I am certain we have the two correct signatures on each card and that each hole by hole score is legible and correct. If you have a rules concern we also need to resolve that before you leave.” Continue reading →