Showtime on the Fairway

So many debates on where the sport of golf originated…  Who do we thank for this amazing and challenging sport?  The Chinese Dynasties?  The Song Dynasty (920-1279)?  Or perhaps the Ming Dynasty (1425-1435)?  Was it invented in 17th century Netherlands?  Or besides the gift of drinking Scotch, do we owe the Scottish thanks for a great game, as well!

Our money is on the Dutch. Look at those pantaloons!

Well…  We don’t really know, and we are not here to find out.  Thank you, to whoever it was who invented this wonderful and crazy sport, because we are fans!  What we do know is that ever since it was first played, there have been displays of high fashion and even displays of ostentation (clubs inlaid with jade and gold, suggesting chuíwán, or golf, was just for the wealthy).

From a history of beautiful tailcoats, bow ties, outrageous colors and even more outrageous accessories, golfers represent the crème de la crème of style in the sports world.

Here is the best of the best from the early 1700s until today!

1700s
In the early days of the game in Great Britain, golfers played wearing kilts and animal skins before moving on to knee length-breeches and tailcoats.

A Dutch example, but you get the idea.

Old Tom Morris, wearing an example of the later English style.

Early 1900s
In the early modern era of golf, players often wore long trousers and full morning jackets with ties while golfing.  The golfers dressed formally to match the conservative attitudes of the time and the gentlemanly reputation of the sport.

Harry Vardon, who was a model for aspiring new golfers of his era.

Between the Wars
Golfers abandoned the suit jackets of the pre-war years in favor of sleeved shirts with bow ties.  They still tucked their trousers into their long stockings.  It was at this time that the bow ties became a popular accessory for many golfers.

That's Gene Sarazen on the left, sporting those stylish striped socks!

Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan, pioneers of the between the wars style.

1950s and 1960s
Thanks to golfers like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, golf moved from ultra-conservative fashions to the much looser khaki pants and light polos.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus rocked the canary yellow!

1970s and 1980s
Golfers around the world such as Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros began sporting exuberant colors, which became popular in sweaters, trousers, socks and polos.  The colors prominently included bright pinks, blues, oranges and yellows.

21st Century
Golfers began to wear clothes produced by sports companies such as Nike, Adidas and Callaway.  Form-fitting polos and mock tee shirts have become popular on many professional tours.  It’s all about fashion fused with high technology for functionality, protection and performance.

Now we've arrived at the era where it's all high tech & très sleek!

For the ultimate golf accessories, look to our favorite: Michael Toschi, Golf G3.  “If golf were a religion, the G3 would be the badge of the highest faith.”

Italian calf upper, kidskin lining, CONTAC red outsole. Made in Italy. Equipped with CIS technology.

Michael Toschi’s outstanding footwear is the only footwear in the world to use the principles of geometry to favor the movements of anatomy.  CIS (Carbonlite insole) interfaces a stable, anatomically neutral foot platform with a suspension matrix outsole to provide technical performance-based comfort.

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