When you are going on a golf course for the first time, it can seem a little daunting. Most rounds are played at private clubs, so there are dress codes that should be considered. Even though you may only think of how they dressed on Caddyshack, consider a few rules as you dress for your foursome.
Don't ever wear denim
Jeans or denim shorts are acceptable at some public clubs, but most private locations do not allow you to wear denim. You can usually wear shorts, but check with the club to be sure. If you would like to wear shorts, wear something conservative. Loud, obnoxious patterns may seem like they fit in, but you will end up standing out on the golf course, and not in a good way.
Wear a collared shirt
You should wear a shirt with a collar, even if you have a nice collarless shirt. This is in line with how others will be dressed. Additionally, you will want to avoid button-down shirts. These shirts don't have as much stretch and give as a traditional golf shirt. Wear something that is breathable as well, because even though it seems that you aren't working too hard, it is easy to work up a sweat as you are swinging your clubs.
Choose the right shoes
If you haven't bought specialized golf shoes, you don't have to worry. Just wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes. They may not have spikes in them, but that isn't crucial. The most important factors are that they are comfortable, they match what you are wearing, and that they have enough grip to walk the course.
To glove or not to glove?
You'll often see people wearing a golf glove as part of their golf apparel. The biggest benefit of a glove is the extra protection it gives your hand. Because your hands aren't used to swinging a golf club, you can easily develop blisters if you aren't careful. Gloves can also help you grip your club better. While you would think that if one glove is good, two is better, that isn't the case. Get a glove for the hand opposite your dominant hand and leave the other hand un-gloved.
The most important thing you can do is go and have fun. Don't sweat your score and have fun enjoying the sun, the outdoors, and the people you are golfing with. As you do so, you will build relationships that will help you in the future and maybe even find a new sport that you'll want to play again and again.