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Man not allowed to play golf course because of…black socks



Jim Abraham, captain of Letchworth Golf Club, offers this welcome on the semi-private club’s website

“Founded in 1905, Letchworth Golf Club offers a golf challenge for players of all ages and abilities. The jewel in our crown is our 18 hole Heritage course which is a tree lined and mature parkland layout where accuracy is often more important than length. We also offer some of the best practice facilities in the county with a large grass laid driving range with 8 additional covered bays, plus our par 3 Academy course which was opened in 2016.”

Sounds great? Right.

He continues, “The club prides itself on its friendly reputation both on the golf course and in our bar and dining areas. I’m sure our members and visitors will continue to experience this throughout my Captain’s year and I wish everyone a happy and successful season.”

Friendly reputation! Excellent. Well, for a gentleman named David Cole who showed to play the Hertfordshire golf course, the experience was anything but.

Credit to Alex Myers at Golf Digest and Bunkered for the spot. To the tweets we go!

Oh boy. Is this third-rate golf course or Wimbledon? I do hope the caddies are clad in white jumpsuits… And I dare say, it’s objectionable we should know what any golfer’s socks look like at Letchworth, because shorts, sacrilegious garments that they are, ought to be utterly outlawed!

But really, at the end of the day, however, Twitterer Stephen Montgomery offered the only take that matters.

What say you, GolfWRX members?

Should the club get with the times? Not jumping to any conclusions, but given that the course is open to the unwashed masses, one assumes the waiting list for membership isn’t years long and restrictive policies are not ultimately beneficial to the bottom line…

Or, is this a case of, as Montgomery suggests, “a (semi-)private course doing as the membership wants, and thus who are we to judge?”

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  1. point misser

    Nov 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Ben, you are getting better, but without twitter you’d have nothing. I guess you’re probably a taxpayer so kudos for that; however, scouring twitter for worthless stories is #lazy

  2. Trex

    Aug 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    According to their google photos, they have no problem selling black socks…

  3. Sherwin

    Aug 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I wear black socks everyday. So, I guess would just take my money elsewhere.

  4. Daniel Gibson

    Aug 23, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I was at the club yesterday, some of the atrocities I saw, baggy faded off white socks half pulled up the leg. If these clubs are so concerned why not ban shorts all together. As long as you look presentable I do not see the issue.

  5. PO

    Aug 23, 2018 at 2:57 am

    I wear red socks like Lee Trevino used to

  6. The Law Professor

    Aug 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I think golf clubs should revoke the memberships of those who don’t know the proper place to put the apostrophe in “its”.

  7. Nack Jicklaus

    Aug 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Socks schmoks, the real way to play is barefoot.

  8. Andrew

    Aug 22, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Royal Melbourne Golf Dress Code
    Men: Tailored trousers, plus fours, tailored shorts with white long socks (pulled up) or white calf length short socks. Shirt with collar (tucked in), jumper, cardigan, vest or jacket and golf shoes.

  9. TwoLegsMcManus

    Aug 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    If this is a private club, they are entitled to enforce any dress code rules they wish, more or less, no matter how idiotic. You could argue no different than requiring a fez or animal antlers to get in the door.

    In general, anyone who cares enough about the color of another person’s socks to create a rule about it exemplifies a huge part of what is wrong with the world.

    • gunmetal

      Aug 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Well said. If that’s what the membership wants, it’s probably a course I’d be skipping.

  10. Jay

    Aug 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Racist toward socks!!! lol… this is how it starts… no black socks allowed at a golf club, then… you know the drill. P.S. What about blue, brown, red and green socks – or even better, multi colored socks? What’s the policy? If the sock is 1/8th black, is that OK? #silly

  11. William Davis

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    I think most clubs have a dress code which they are entitled to play by. Best to check on their website before turning up and finding a problem. As usual much fuss about nothing other than people thinking they are more important than the golf club they are visiting. Grow up.

  12. Susan Dickie

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    This happened at our club (in England, of course), too. A man came beautifully dressed in a pair of well made shorts and black socks that came up his calf. His outfit was well-coordinated. The pro told him he had to wear white socks, supposedly because he needed to match something–probably his shoes–though I don’t remember what color shoes the man was wearing. To my eye, his black socks looked appropriate. All the ladies were in a hub-bub afterwards because we all wear shorts or skorts, but generally wear socks that just come to the top of the shoes–were we going to get in trouble, too–for something so stupid? It’s like the hang up on collars.

  13. dd

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    What happens if a pro event is held at that course? Does he/she have to wear white socks? What happen if the proshop is out of whites socks, because everyone had to buy a pair? Are they DQed because the course won’t let them play?

  14. Ed

    Aug 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Wait – so if you wear black golf shoes you are expected to wear white golf socks??

  15. Thomas A

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Utterly ridiculous.

  16. David Wachtel

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:27 am

    over the years Ive learned to call a club to ask about rules for dress, etc so there is no embarrassment. Its their club so I conform of dont play. But I supppose I am nuts. But i get to play.

  17. Dick Rogers

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Wow, the most shocking article ever. Club has rule and enforces it.
    Ground breaking.

  18. C

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Not a government run agency, so they should be able to refuse service to anyone assuming the reason is not based on race/gender/age/religion/etc.

  19. hot n cold

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This explains many of the negative opinions that people have for golf. (And, don’t give me the “slippery slope” argument…)

  20. James T

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

    No shirt. No shoes. No white socks. No service.

  21. Hank

    Aug 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Most clubs with archaic rules at least stock “conforming” attire in their pro shop to save the embarrassment of unaware guests. Who in the world wants to play in long socks or is the idea to make guests feel they are outsiders?

  22. Club Pro Guy

    Aug 22, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Do I have to wear socks when wearing Footjoy golf sandals? And what does Tawny have to wear if she wants to caddie for me?

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Stephen Curry unveils new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection



This week at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Stephen Curry unveiled his new Under Armour Range Unlimited Golf Collection.

According to the company, the range takes inspiration from Curry’s off-court and on-course style and combines it with the latest innovations from UA Golf to deliver an elevated performance line.

The collection contains 14 unique pieces and includes tops, bottoms, outerwear, hats as well as the Curry 6 SL golf shoe. The shoe combines the Curry 6 basketball shoe with a spikeless version of the UA Rotational Resistance outsole – designed for maximum lockdown and lightweight traction.

The Unlimited Range polos start at $80, outerwear $95-100, pants $80, hats $30, and the Curry 6 Golf SL retails for $160.

All items will be available in the Fall of this year in limited quantities at Under Armour Brand Houses and on across North America, Asia and Europe, as well as at select pro shops across the United States.


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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (6.24.19)



In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Custom 902 flow neck from SGC Putters.

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Vivid creation from Dormie Workshop.

Scott Brown sharing his shot of the pristine-looking Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton, England.

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Any WRXers grab an “I will not 3 putt” cover from Tyson Lamb this past weekend?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Tweets of the Week: Phireside with Phil, Spieth’s early walk fail, and Koepka’s casual warmup



Chez Reavie, Andrea Pavan and Hannah Green all recorded significant victories in their respective events over the weekend, but in a busy week, here are some of the things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Phireside With Phil

Keep ’em coming, Phil!

Brett Favre Superfan

Over at the Am-Fam Championship, the 1997 Superbowl winning QB had this interesting exchange with a superfan of his..

Spieth’s Early Walk Fail

Gary Woodland and Amy Bockerstette

Right after winning the U.S. Open, Woodland took time out to talk to Amy…

…before surprising her with an appearance on the Today Show.

Brooks Koepka’s Pre-Round Routine

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