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What's the proper length for golf shorts? Pleats or flat front?


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Poll: Proper length for golf shorts. (961 member(s) have cast votes)

What's the proper length for golf shorts? What's the current fashion trend?

  1. Ends above the kneecap. (410 votes [40.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.76%

  2. Ends right at the middle of the kneecap. (478 votes [47.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.51%

  3. Ends below the kneecap. (118 votes [11.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.73%

Should shorts have a single pleat or a flat front?

  1. Single pleat (210 votes [21.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.58%

  2. Flat front (763 votes [78.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.42%

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#121 amrivew

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

Show us your knees, but not too much


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#122 LongJohn6284

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

i have always found that unless you need to wear pants, why the heck would you...i was an assistant for a year and when i attended a golf vocational school I always wore pants when I played because it was either required(school) or i was an assistant PROFESSIONAL and was representing the club when i played.  Shorts in the summer months are the only way to go...at least for me...i needed the ventilation.

on a side note, i find people that are wearing pants during the hot summer months that are not PROFESSIONALS look like posers.  Especially if you dont have the game to back your look.  To each his own, if you like pants wear em, but for myself, im wearing the shorts in the summer

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

View PostLongJohn6284, on 17 April 2012 - 12:08 PM, said:

i have always found that unless you need to wear pants, why the heck would you...i was an assistant for a year and when i attended a golf vocational school I always wore pants when I played because it was either required(school) or i was an assistant PROFESSIONAL and was representing the club when i played.  Shorts in the summer months are the only way to go...at least for me...i needed the ventilation.

on a side note, i find people that are wearing pants during the hot summer months that are not PROFESSIONALS look like posers.  Especially if you dont have the game to back your look.  To each his own, if you like pants wear em, but for myself, im wearing the shorts in the summer

I agree with your take and your choice in football teams. I usually could care less what people wear, but when it's 100 degrees out and some guy is decked out like Gary Player playing as a single on a muni I do tend to question their judgement. I'm sure most pros would choose to wear shorts if they were allowed to.

As to the original topic, I'm 6'4" and have long legs and I really don't feel comfortable wearing shorts that are above my knee. I haven't had much luck finding golf specific shorts that are long enough. I usually go with the cargo shorts, which I know is a huge no no around here, but they tend to be longer and I like having plenty of pockets.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:39 AM

View PostLongJohn6284, on 17 April 2012 - 12:08 PM, said:

i have always found that unless you need to wear pants, why the heck would you...i was an assistant for a year and when i attended a golf vocational school I always wore pants when I played because it was either required(school) or i was an assistant PROFESSIONAL and was representing the club when i played.  Shorts in the summer months are the only way to go...at least for me...i needed the ventilation.

on a side note, i find people that are wearing pants during the hot summer months that are not PROFESSIONALS look like posers.  Especially if you dont have the game to back your look.  To each his own, if you like pants wear em, but for myself, im wearing the shorts in the summer

I mostly agree with you, but something stands out from last summer for me.
I attended the Pro-Am for The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. I'd say about 70% of the amateurs wore long pants while the rest wore shorts. Frankly, if I was playing - and it was hot - I'd want to be wearing shorts. But after seeing the guys playing alongside the Tour guys in shorts, it just looked like something was very "wrong with the picture". The guys who wore long pants didn't look like posers, in my opinion.

Like I said, personally I would prefer shorts, but after seeing it in person, I'd wear long pants.

Funny how seeing it in person changed my mind.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

Right in the middle of the kneecap i think looks the best because you dont look casual and you dont look stupid from having them be too high.


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:58 PM

Just below the knee. Gets my votr

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:31 PM

View PostHarboursideTC, on 15 April 2009 - 08:49 PM, said:

cut off cammies and grunge band tee-shirts that I see so often on course.  It is not a fashion thing.  It just seems that people that are dressed down are also not the most well mannered folks that I have run into.

either the course you are going to is doing it wrong...or you're going to the wrong course.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:19 PM

above the knee and flats if you can pull it off or pleats if you got a gut!!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:09 AM

A little above the  knee.
Doesn't matter if its flat front or pleat. As long as you're comfortable.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

I say right below or right at the knee. Im 6"3 and my options are limited so I buy any shorts that fall into that range. When I try on golf shorts most of the time it's comical how short most are. :taunt:


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

I live on the west coast and in the summer I occasionally see a golfer wearing full length pants.  I find that very odd...and it is...because everyone wears shorts in the hotter weather.   And I play nice courses.

And when I say odd I guess you could say unusual because I don't care whether your wearing shorts or pants...but I golf every weekend all year long and this summer I've seen maybe 2-3 guys not wearing shorts.  It really stands out.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 01:52 PM

My dad plays with a doctor from India.   He claims that long pants and shirts will keep you cooler in the summer.  The color and type of fabric is the important thing.  I tend to believe him since in parts of India it's even hotter than the hottest parts of US.  Sorry if this is random just a reply to everyone that wears shorts to keep cool in the summer.  I wear shorts in the summer currently but will give this a try next year.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:46 AM

Wow, I can't believe this thread! You guys actually care what OTHER people are wearing? As long as you meet the dress code requirements of the course being played, why should anyone care otherwise? Jeezzzz, get a life already! Quibbling over 1" above or below the knee on the length of shorts? Wear whatever is comfortable and you're happy with (as long as it's "to code") and go play golf and have fun...Oh yhea, don't forget that you are being watched by the "Golf Fashion Police"... :swoon:

Edited by dporto, 25 October 2012 - 10:48 AM.


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:51 PM

I'm trying to understand why this matters to anyone. You should wear what you like, for whatever style you prefer and what feels the most comfortable.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

Down to the ankle I prefer! Lol.


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:54 AM

6-7" inseams.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:04 PM

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

I would say to the knee.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

Pleats should only be on kilts! Each to their own I suppose

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:34 AM

30" inseam for me

I wear the Under Armour "HeatGear" ultralightweight slacks to play golf all summer long. They're breathable, they are UV protective and they are relaxed fit so they don't form a wet bunch around the crotch. No slathering sunscreen all over my legs, no sand and grass sticking to sunscreen and sweaty legs. Fewer bug bites (although here in South Carolina we have bugs that'll bite you right through your clothing!). Just generally better option that to me feels just as cool as shorts.

The only exception is on the rare occasions when I play golf on a very, very muggy day. Like down at the coast in July/August. If it's super-muggy and no breeze is stirring being able to get some air up the legs of shorts is a bit of a help. But usually when it gets that bad (dew points over 75F) I just don't play golf.

When I do wear shorts a couple times a year, they end above the knee. The new style of loose-fitting shorts hanging down past your knees is ugly IMO. Not as ugly as "hot pants" short that are too skimpy but still ugly compared to a tailored fit pair of shorts with a 6" or 7" inseam.

Still, it's slacks for all but two or three of my 100+ rounds per year. Slacks, golf shirt and an ugly sun hat.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:55 PM

No further then down in the mid section of your knee cap area and flat front is trending right now. Nothing past the knees though and I above is always nice as well for proper dress on the course.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:49 PM

Shorts? Only if your legs are shaved.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:35 PM

View PostBomb500Plus!, on 16 April 2009 - 07:53 AM, said:

View PostMizzyMan, on Apr 13 2009, 07:53 PM, said:

And NO pants or shorts should have pleats!! PERIOD!

Funny story.

Picked up my suit at the drycleaners one time and an older gentlemen in front of me was holding a pair of jeans in dry cleaning plastic.  My first thought was of The Office when Ryan said "Who dry cleans jeans?"  But that wasn't the best part.  He was visibly upset.  When the girl came to greet him, he took them out of the plastic and made a giant fuss about how these were men's pants and that the dry cleaner didn't know what they were doing.  Turns out that all men's pants in his mind need creases down the front.  Seriously...jeans with creases?  So the young lady had a funny smirk on her face, took them to the ironing board, and proceeded to put creases in his jeans while he waited.  Weird.

Probably former military!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 07:50 PM

View PostAsleep, on 13 April 2009 - 06:59 PM, said:

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No to pleats if you can avoid it.
Long shorts are ok if you have knee high socks.  :)

Edited by manhattan01, 18 January 2013 - 07:52 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:57 PM

I'm pretty flexiblle.   At the knee, above the knee, slightly below the knee.   Whatever.   Just don't get mid-thigh shorts or shorter, and don't go more than the bottom of the kneecap or I'll start calling them capri pants.

Oh, and if you're carrying so much stuff that you need cargo shorts then you probably need to re-evaluate your personal carry.   You're not batman, you're just a regular dude.   You don't need all that crap.

Edited by jwrogers, 20 January 2013 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

I like flat front, just above the knee. Not one style works for everyone, find what suits you best. Like hats, I only like the way visors look on me.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

Pleated anything is a no way. Iron a pleat into them if you choose but what designer these days makes pleated anything?

As for the shorts:
"Sky's out, thighs out".

I'll take my J.Crew 7" inseam shorts, I don't spend all winter running in the cold and lifting to not show off the wheels come summer.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

I have been looking for shorts for this summer. I have noticed a lot of stores having shorter shorts on display. Is this the new trend?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:04 AM

View PostRuleschamp, on 13 April 2009 - 08:31 PM, said:

Depends on your age, the course you're playing, and the purpose of your play. Shorts you might wear to the local muni may be completely out of place at a high-end resort course.   Things that may be great for a high school kid may be completely out of place for an adult in some situations.

Are you playing golf with your boss? Your company's CEO or BOD? An important client? All of those things may matter. In fact, at my company we use it as one of our evaluation points when narrowing down the field of candidates we recruit from undergrad and grad schools into our training programs.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

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View PostAsleep, on 13 April 2009 - 06:59 PM, said:

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