In the last couple of years, golf fashion for women and men (THANKGAWD!!!) has really caught up with the 21st century. We’ve seen men like Ian Poulter and Camilo Villegas rockin’ powder puff pink and neon orange and women like Christina Kim , Natalie Grublis and Michelle Wie wearing short shorts, short skorts, funky tops and bright colors. Periodically, I read a blog or article about how some of the young women on the LPGA are just taking their fashion statements too far…..or in this case, too short. And, for my own personal opinion, I totally disagree!
I’m glad that the golf course has now become a place where you can play a game that you love, and express your personality in the clothes you wear. Young women like Michelle Wie and Natalie Gulbis have absolutely AWESOME bodies and more power to them for being able to show them off. Trust me, they won’t be able to forever, I know! But right now, they’ve got strong, beautiful, athletic bodies that I am happy for my granddaughter to see and admire. Their bodies are not uber-skinny or anorexic but the vision of health, strength and power. So, why not put on a short skort if it reflects who you are?
Christina Kim is know for her zany personality. She is outgoing and outrageous – a true individual. So, it makes sense to me that she should and does dress on the golf course to reflect who she is. Kim Welch made her mark on Big Break Ka’annapali with her signature scarf, sunglasses and low-rise capri pants. Natalie Gulbis is by far one of the most attractive women on the tour and her short skirts have plenty of men tuning in to watch her play golf, including my very own boyfriend. Now, while her legs may be the initial attraction, the girl has got plenty of game. The sport of golf needs young women to carry it on, and whether old-timers like it or not, new fashions standards are part of the package!
I love everything about golf, including the history of a very conservative and gentile sport that has the highest levels of graciousness and good manners. I love that golf is finally offering players, especially women, the freedom to express their personalities in their fashion choices. Every now and then there is an outfit that I look at and think “seems a bit short” and that did happen when I saw Hee Young Park during the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand. Her shorts are short – however, she does have the body to carry them off and I would rather have her out there being herself, expressing her personality and appealing to the younger generation of women who view her as a really hip, healthy athlete playing golf. And, in the element of full
disclosure, if I was 30 years younger, I’d be wearing the same thing.