Cold-Weather Golf Gear, Pt. II

I gave my girlfriend a new set of golf clubs for Christmas, and like a kid with a new toy she couldn’t wait to try them out. So we finished our pancakes and coffee, bundled up, and headed out to the course.

Last year I did a post on cold-weather golf gear, and here I am a year later with a better swing and a different outfit.

There’s something about the absurdity of golf that lends itself to flamboyance, and I like to indulge in it even on the lowly municipal courses of New York City.

Although they’re fun to look at, I steer clear of Ralph Lauren‘s fantasy clothes. You know, fake-crest ties and so forth. One of his specialties is shawl-collared cardigans that look straight from a Leyendecker painting:

I gave in to one recently and it’s become one of my favorite items of clothing because of the fun factor. And fun is an important part of wearing clothes. As Bruce Boyer once said of the Internet’s curmudgeonly pontiffs, “They know everything about clothes but how to enjoy them.”

I wouldn’t wear the cardigan in a serious context (you know, like at a shark-infested menswear event), but I love throwing it on over a t-shirt around the house, and on the golf course it keeps my body warm and spirits light. It’s paired in the top photo with flannel-lined khakis from LL Bean, flannel ball cap from Stockbridge Sewing Works, 60-degree lob wedge from Titleist and two Christmas gifts: a tartan scarf from RL and golf balls from Callaway. Monogrammed, of course.

Despite the chill, we played well. Santa set gimme-putts to six feet. — CC

24 Comments on "Cold-Weather Golf Gear, Pt. II"

  1. I always thought of golfers as great dressers, pre 1980’s. Today’s golfers are nothing more than walking billboards for golf retailers.

  2. Nice ensemble. I like the green and blue combo on the sweater? With regards to RL, it’s hard to beat the quality of their products, but unfortunately! They’ve gone logo wild.

  3. I associate shawl-collared cardigans not with golf but with baseball, specifically with images of ball players and mangers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I once had a gray one that I used to refer to as my “John McGraw sweater” because it reminded me of photos I’d seen him wearing such a garment. Here’s a photo of McGraw in a cardigan that a quick search turned up:

    Note the traces of a NY Giants logo that appears to have fallen off.

  4. some of Ralph’s offerings may be cartoonish and unrealistic for day to day wear, but man, is it photogenic!

  5. My favorite sweaters are RL shawl-collar cardigans I bought decades ago. They don’t have crests or patches and are damn near indestructible.

  6. I haven’t had flannel lined slacks in many years. In the 60s, we called them “stadium pants”, I guess because students wore them to football games.

  7. Nice golf attire. I really don’t worry about fashion on the golf course, but for 40 degree golf, I usually just wear khakis, an OCBD shirt, a sweater vest, and windbreaker. Walk briskly to stay warm.

    On another note, I just ran across a board game called the Prep Game, based on the Official Preppy Handbook. I’m going to see if everything is in the box. It’s been sitting in my cellar for at least 15 years. Any ideas on collectibility?

    Another tip, wear golfshoes with softspikes to shovel snow, or for walking. The traction is better than any shoe I’ve used in the winter. On ice, though, nothing works.

  8. Looks like a fun outfit. I lounge, go to the gym and run early morning errands in a sweatshirt like shawl collar cardigan from PRL all the time. So, I understand the appeal. No crest, no horse, no foul.

  9. Just looking at the PRL ad again and that would be a great looking sweater WITHOUT the crest! I have to believe that RL’s marketing team has numbers to support how many more units sell by adding a crest. I just find it hard to believe…..or should I say…accept.

  10. Another great post, another great outfit! I love that shawl cardigan. I was looking for it just now on the Polo site. I may try looking for it at the department store.
    I was looking forward to playing today or tomorrow, but three big storms just passed through here. It’s a little soggy out there!

  11. The sweater is a strange homage to the Scarlet key Society at Mcgill.

  12. Oh and the crest is the same but the Martlets are now Lions

  13. FYI, those sewn on crest can be taken off.

  14. Golf isn’t an “Ivy League” sport. What a rubbish…

  15. Neither is the word “rubbish.”

  16. I agree on the point about fake crests, etc. on sweaters, but I tend to like the RL and BB ties with various crests on them. It’s a classic, clean look for a tie, much like a repp tie.

  17. Since when is golf a sport?

  18. Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton all have on-campus golf courses. There is an Ivy League Golf Conference, complete with a championship and titles. Dimwits.

  19. DCG: Harvard has one too, but its not recognized by the administration, by grounds and buildings, or by the Cambridge Police Dept. The water hazard is always full of kids rowing as well.

  20. YWPapa: Boating knuckleheads make bully targets! The penalty strokes are well worth it

  21. I always thought the Harvard golf team played at the Country Club in Brookline.

  22. In early November this year, I saw the green/blue/red PRL sweater at a Polo Factory Store and it was quite nice, high quality & great colors, no patches, so you made an excellent choice!

  23. Interestingly, Leyendecker is mentioned in the post. Many decades ago, I stole many his prints out of library art books by photographing them. I would blow them up on my enlarger, frame them and hang them or use them in window displays in the Ivy shop I was working at. Of course I’d edit out the branding, we didn’t sell autos or arrow shirts.

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