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Why golf pants? What's wrong with khakis?


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#31 Dixie Flatline

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:09 PM

View Poststeamcorners, on 20 February 2013 - 04:14 PM, said:

Stupid question, I'm sure..but why do I need golf pants whilst playing golf? Wouldn't everyday chinos/khakis/Dockers/etc work fine? I understand that the fabrics might be moisture-wicking or something--but if I were to show up at a nice course wearing traditional cotton khakis am I going to be laughed out of there?

Part of the reason I ask is I don't want to shell out the $$ for golf pants, especially in my fat-arse size. If I could pick up end-of-season deals, I'd be ok--but I wear either a 44 or 46 waist, depending on lunch, so deals are few and far between for my girth.

I actually go to TJ Maxx or Marshall's and get microfiber pants in different colors and stripe combos.  They are all "dress" slacks, so the  colors are limited to black, greys, navys, and khakis.  However, I'm an am.  The only time I'm wearing pants on the course is when it's cold in the fall and winter, so bright colors aren't really in.

I can usually find pants in my waist, but super long for $10-$15.  I take them to a tailor in my town and he hems them to fit me and puts the slits in the hem for $8.  So usually I end up with a nice looking pair of microfiber or wool blend slacks that are custom fit to me for about $20-$30 per pair.

And at that price, I'm really not concerned with mud.  If they get stained on the course, I'll toss 'em and get new ones.

And the best part is that sometimes those outlets have last year's golf specific pants.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:40 PM

On topic:  Khakis are just fine.  Same with wool dress pants actually.  Assuming it was cool enough outside to wear them.  The creation of the golf pant was preciously because getting your good dress pants all dirty got to be a pain in the butt.

Off topic:  I always wear pants.  People then ask "Dude, we live in DC.  Its 95 out here and humid.  Aren't you hot?".  Of course I'm hot, and so are you in your shorts, but I don't have grass and dirt stuck all over my sweaty legs.

And then I walk away looking all fly.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

View Postdplasters, on 21 February 2013 - 02:40 PM, said:

Off topic:  I always wear pants.  People then ask "Dude, we live in DC.  Its 95 out here and humid.  Aren't you hot?".  Of course I'm hot, and so are you in your shorts, but I don't have grass and dirt stuck all over my sweaty legs.

And then I walk away looking all fly.

And then I go wash my dirty pants.

Fixed that for you. haha

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

View Postdplasters, on 21 February 2013 - 02:40 PM, said:

The creation of the golf pant was preciously because getting your good dress pants all dirty got to be a pain in the butt.


The way I see it, it's either dedicated golf pants or dedicated golf khakis.  If I have dedicated golf pants, I don't have to worry about getting mud, snags and chewed up cuffs on my khakis when I carry.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:34 PM

I wear the same slacks to work or play golf. Polyester microfiber dress slack in cool/pleasant weather and ultra lightweight UnderArmour "HeatGear" when it is hot or sticky. The UA pants are boderline work wear but so comfy I do indulge in them at work occasionally.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:01 PM

View PostFourmyle of Ceres, on 21 February 2013 - 09:34 PM, said:

I wear the same slacks to work or play golf. Polyester microfiber dress slack in cool/pleasant weather and ultra lightweight UnderArmour "HeatGear" when it is hot or sticky. The UA pants are boderline work wear but so comfy I do indulge in them at work occasionally.

Slacks?  My Dad said slacks...

Oh, and I'm 45...haha

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

View Postscottvw13, on 21 February 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

Slacks?  My Dad said slacks...

Oh, and I'm 45...haha

Hey, he COULD have said "trousers." Lol

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 07:09 AM

View PostKMeloney, on 21 February 2013 - 10:14 PM, said:

View Postscottvw13, on 21 February 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

Slacks?  My Dad said slacks...

Oh, and I'm 45...haha

Hey, he COULD have said "trousers." Lol

Slacks or trousers are the superior terms used by a man of sartorial splendor.  Pants can refer to the hard breathing of a tired dog or some motley underwear. :cheesy:
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

Someone above mentioned kilts..wonder if I could get away with that this summer...
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

View Postsanjaygolf, on 21 February 2013 - 10:01 AM, said:

(khaki is a color)

Not if you live outside the US.


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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

I find khakis very comfortable on the course. Having a hard time finding a new pair. A few years back I found some that were boot cut, and they now need to be replaced. Anybody know of any pants that fit well over shoes. I hate the feeling of the pant legs bunching up at the top of my shoes. I just want a nice pair that has leg openings like boot cut jeans (I know it's asking a lot, lol)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

View PostKMeloney, on 21 February 2013 - 10:14 PM, said:

View Postscottvw13, on 21 February 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

Slacks?  My Dad said slacks...

Oh, and I'm 45...haha

Hey, he COULD have said "trousers." Lol

If you talk with people in the UK, "pants" means underwear.   So I'm pretty careful to say trousers sometimes.   I rarely say slacks unless I'm adding dress in front-- "dress slacks".   I wouldn't say slacks by itself.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

View Postjah7838, on 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM, said:

I find khakis very comfortable on the course. Having a hard time finding a new pair. A few years back I found some that were boot cut, and they now need to be replaced. Anybody know of any pants that fit well over shoes. I hate the feeling of the pant legs bunching up at the top of my shoes. I just want a nice pair that has leg openings like boot cut jeans (I know it's asking a lot, lol)
Don't know for sure that these are boot-cut but they look to be. If Shepler's doesn't have them, you can't find them.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

View Poststeamcorners, on 22 February 2013 - 10:27 AM, said:

Someone above mentioned kilts..wonder if I could get away with that this summer...
   Sure  can. I have worn a kilt golfing and they were nice and cool. Wind can kinda suck though, so I wore some compression shorts under them. It was funny the day a foursome of ladies behind me were trying to get a peek....

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:20 PM

View Postjah7838, on 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM, said:

I find khakis very comfortable on the course. Having a hard time finding a new pair. A few years back I found some that were boot cut, and they now need to be replaced. Anybody know of any pants that fit well over shoes. I hate the feeling of the pant legs bunching up at the top of my shoes. I just want a nice pair that has leg openings like boot cut jeans (I know it's asking a lot, lol)

There are a lot of brands that have boot cut khakis. Bonobos make really nice khakis

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

Costco has some nice Greg Norman tech golf trousers for $24.  They are moisture wicking and have the slit cut on the side so they sit over the shoes.  Good deal.

And yes you can wear khakis on the course.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:24 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. Just have to find time to go and try different types on.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:37 AM

View Postjah7838, on 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM, said:

I find khakis very comfortable on the course. Having a hard time finding a new pair. A few years back I found some that were boot cut, and they now need to be replaced. Anybody know of any pants that fit well over shoes. I hate the feeling of the pant legs bunching up at the top of my shoes. I just want a nice pair that has leg openings like boot cut jeans (I know it's asking a lot, lol)

Khakis is a color ;)

Nike dri-fit performance pants fit over shoes. I imagine the pro-chino pants guys have never felt or tried on Nike's performance pant line. They are farrrrrrrr more elastic than cotton and permit athletic movements much better. They are moisture wicking as well, unlike cotton chinos. They essentially don't get wet. There is nothing more hilarious than ************* on the golf course wearing chinos with swamp a**.

And btw, Nike's pants come in the color "khaki"

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:07 AM

View Postsomaplr, on 25 February 2013 - 01:37 AM, said:

View Postjah7838, on 24 February 2013 - 05:26 PM, said:

I find khakis very comfortable on the course. Having a hard time finding a new pair. A few years back I found some that were boot cut, and they now need to be replaced. Anybody know of any pants that fit well over shoes. I hate the feeling of the pant legs bunching up at the top of my shoes. I just want a nice pair that has leg openings like boot cut jeans (I know it's asking a lot, lol)

Khakis is a color ;)

Nike dri-fit performance pants fit over shoes. I imagine the pro-chino pants guys have never felt or tried on Nike's performance pant line. They are farrrrrrrr more elastic than cotton and permit athletic movements much better. They are moisture wicking as well, unlike cotton chinos. They essentially don't get wet. There is nothing more hilarious than ************* on the golf course wearing chinos with swamp a**.

And btw, Nike's pants come in the color "khaki"

Nice reply.  I have a couple pair of thinner Dockers that are awesome but they don't make them anymore.  Comfy and do not get soaking wet in the rain.  I honestly don't own a pair of "golf" pants just non pleated thinn pants and a few nice "golf" shorts.  BTW I can't stand cargos on the course.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:33 PM

See, I've gone just the other way.  I got a nice deal on some golf pants from my local Haggar outlet (their "cool 18" variety), and I've replaced my khakis that I usually wear to work with these.  They're comfortable, breath nicely, and look like dress pants.  Plus, they're more comfortable to leave the office and hit the first tee with.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

View PostGraymulligan, on 25 February 2013 - 12:33 PM, said:

See, I've gone just the other way.  I got a nice deal on some golf pants from my local Haggar outlet (their "cool 18" variety), and I've replaced my khakis that I usually wear to work with these.  They're comfortable, breath nicely, and look like dress pants.  Plus, they're more comfortable to leave the office and hit the first tee with.

I've worn Haggar Cool 18 for the past couple of years.   They aren't great for work, although I have worn them there.   They don't quite look like a pair of wool dress slacks, for instance.   They are awesome for golf, and for casual work environments.   I'll probably buy more.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Lol, golf specific pants are definitely not necessary - but more times than not, they are going to be more stylish than non-golf related pants.

I don't even own a pair of khakis / chinos anymore.  I wear either dri-fit type golf pants or my wool dress pants.  Chinos are absolutely fine and I expect to see the majority of golfers in them, but you won't catch me in a pair.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

I'm a big tech fabric guy being a runner and hockey player.  I gave the golf pants a run and loved them, in fact I replaced most of my "khaki" wardrobe with them...they have the feel and comfort of track type pants yet look nice enough to wear in a business casual environment.   With that said, I honestly could care less what anybody wears to the course as long as they're clothed, I'm there to play not to judge fashion so wear what looks good to ya!

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