April 26, 2021

Men’s Golf Shorts: Your Style Guide

With the winter behind us and warmer weather beckoning us back to the golf course, it’s time to start thinking about what to wear. And with styles changing seemingly every few minutes, it can be intimidating trying to keep up with the latest trends—even when it comes to athletic apparel.

Luckily, we’ve put together a list of things you need to know in order to buy the best pair of golf shorts for you. If you’re looking for a new pair of golf shorts and don’t know where to start, we’re here to help.

Are Shorts Allowed at Golf Courses?

First and foremost, shorts are allowed at most golf courses, as long as they adhere to certain standards. Many golf courses today are starting to ease the requirements regarding proper attire, but there are still plenty of holdouts—golf courses that don’t allow you to play unless you stick to a strict dress code.

If you’re going to your home club or course and you know the rules well, you probably are already aware of whether they have a dress code or not. However, if you’re going to a new course for the first time—whether you’re on vacation or meeting a client at their course of choice—it’s best to check with the club and see what the rules are. A simple phone call can save you a lot of embarrassment.

Dress Code: Length Matters

Many golf courses have strict dress code rules regarding the length of your shorts. That means a couple of different things.

First, your shorts may have to be long enough that they don’t show a lot of thigh. Some golf courses require the hem of shorts to fall nowhere higher than four inches about the knee.

At the same time, your shorts aren’t allowed to be too long. Many golf course dress codes frown upon long, baggy shorts, and they may not let you play a round if you’re wearing them.

How Many Pockets Is Too Many?

Cargo shorts are a no on many golf courses due to their highly casual nature. While the numerous pockets might be useful for storing extra golf balls if your drive is…less than accurate, it’s best to rely on your golf bag rather than your shorts. Plenty of guys have been turned away from courses due to their cargo shorts, and you don’t want it to happen to you.

Material: What’s Allowed And What Isn’t?

As a general rule, any shorts made of khaki are safe—go to any golf course, and you’ll see so much khaki that you might think you’re on safari.

Many golf courses have a strict no denim rule. This is gradually changing as the sport tries to evolve to suit a changing world in which casual dress is more and more acceptable in any situation, but there are still many holdouts in the golf world. Proponents of the no denim rule argue that it’s to keep the sport a gentlemanly and ladylike activity; critics claim that strict dress codes are classist—and that they’re why golf is often seen as a pompous game for elites.

Whether you’re for or against the no denim rule, it’s still a factor in many golf course dress codes. So if you want to play, you need to check with the course before showing up in your lucky jeans—they may not be allowed.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of material these days that is engineered to be comfortable and stretchy, as well as formal enough to pass muster with even the strictest of dress codes. Many of these materials are much better for 18 holes than a pair of jeans—which can be somewhat confining for athletic purposes. At the same time, these materials can make for a pair of pants that are a little more modern than your granddad’s shapeless, pleated khakis.

All Day Comfort

When it comes to playing a round of golf, you may be out on the course for a while—and depending on how warm and sunny it is, you may find your outfit to be less than ideal.

To be sure that you’ll stay comfortable all day, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when looking for a golf ensemble:


When you’re doing anything active for a prolonged period of time, you’re bound to start sweating. Moisture-wicking fabrics are engineered to pull sweat away from your body and toward the surface of the material, where it dries rapidly due to evaporation.

If you’re going to spend a few hours on the course in the hot sun, you don’t want to be wearing a pair of shorts that doesn’t wick moisture away from your body.

Antimicrobial Fabrics

When we start to sweat, we can start to smell—and that’s not our fault. Our bodies are covered in microscopic living things called microorganisms; when those microorganisms combine with our sweat, they can really start to make a stink.

Antimicrobial materials were designed to kill or severely halt the spread of microorganisms so that they can’t produce such smells. That’s very important in general, but if you’ve got somewhere to be (or someone to see) after your round of golf, you want to be covered where it counts.

4-Way Stretch

The last thing you want when doing anything athletic is for anything to get in the way of your ability to perform, and that includes your clothing. Golfing is a comparatively relaxed sport, but it still requires a wide range of motion—and constrictive material can mean the difference between a well-executed drive and an embarrassingly short walk to your ball.

When looking for clothing for athletic purposes, make sure that it’s as stretchy as can be. Any clothing that’s made of 4-way stretch material is incredibly flexible and allows for a full range of motion.

Golf Shorts For Men

At Willy California, we make it our business to make your business as comfortable as possible without sacrificing style. That’s why our men’s golf shorts are lightweight and stretchy, while also being classy enough for corporate events—so if someone starts a pickup game of touch football at the office picnic, you’re dressed to impress in more ways than one.

The Nicer Shorts

Willy California Nicer Shorts were designed to be multipurpose shorts—simple enough for any casual event, but dressy enough for more formal events (at least the ones where shorts are allowed).

The Nicer Shorts are refreshingly comfortable—especially if you’re used to stuffy, starchy, khaki shorts. Made with moisture-wicking, antimicrobial, 4-way stretch fabric, these are some high-performance shorts that are made for those who play as hard as they work.

The Training Shorts

Some golf dress codes won’t let you wear shorts with hems that are 4” above the knee, so these aren’t the best option for the stricter courses. If your course is more lax about their dress code, however, you can wear these Training Shorts with comfort and ease—everything that makes them excellent workout shorts makes them perfect for an energetic round of golf.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of golf shorts, look no further. At Willy California, we’ve got some great options for shorts that will have you looking and feeling your best on the course. We’re not saying that they’ll take a few strokes off of your game, but they may make you feel comfortable enough to do that part yourself.