As Golf Digest’s “Mr. Style,” Marty Hackel spends his days chronicling the winners and losers at the nation’s biggest golf tournaments – not for how they play, but for what they wear.
He’s got some opinions about spectator fashion, too.
Starting Monday, tens of thousands of golf fans will stream through Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship PGA tournament that runs through May 4. Some will pick their outfits based on practicality; others will spend lots of time and money planning every piece of their ensemble.
Hackel has seen it all. He’s been to Charlotte’s tournament enough times to know how our golfgoers stack up against the rest of the nation when it comes to fashion.
Here’s his take on how we dress for golf, and his best advice about what to wear – and what to leave at home – if you’re headed to the tournament.
There are plenty of people who go to Wells Fargo on a social basis, and there’s a certain Southern style they have. There’s a reason (high-end golf-wear label) Peter Millar is based in Raleigh. They have a great appreciation for style, and you can see that.
The biggest mistake women make is choosing footwear that might go with their clothes but doesn’t go with the conditions (on the course). We used to joke about people wearing golf shoes at golf events, but today’s golf shoes are great shoes, so a lot of people are wearing golf shoes and it’s an excellent thing to wear. Along with being comfortable, they’re waterproof.
The challenge at this time of year is that it’s a bit of a lottery as to the weather. You almost have to be prepared for anything.