Smartly dressed on the course is a thing of the past

2013-03-01 00:00

IF you buy a man a tie as a gift he will probably never wear it.It seems that this item of clothing, which was worn for a couple of hundred years, has virtually gone out of fashion.

In fact, dress code in general in recent years has become far more relaxed. There were times in this country, not so long ago, when it was compulsory for a man to wear a jacket and tie if he wanted to take his wife or girlfriend into a ‘Ladies Bar’.

You wouldn’t dream of attending a funeral, a wedding or a job interview without a jacket and tie. It was also compulsory to wear a jacket and tie at Maritzburg Golf Club and Royal Durban after 6 pm; thank goodness those days are gone.

There are a select few golf clubs that still observe a fairly strict dress code, but generally, it is now acceptable to wear jeans or shorts in the golf club-house after golf. It was once taboo to wear shirts without a collar, but some of the latest golf shirts are made this way so it’s difficult for clubs to not allow them.

These days you can’t tell whether a player is wearing long shorts or short longs. On the course, there are now socks that are so short, they can’t be seen and the wearing of socks doesn’t seem to be necessary at all.

Shirts are not tucked in but worn over the pants. Funny enough, this suits the guys with big beer-bellies. Sandals are permitted in the clubhouse and again without socks.

Is your scribe being too old fashioned or have we gone too far in being over-casual? Whatever happened to the term “smart casual”? The way many people dress before and after golf today certainly isn’t smart and fashion has nothing to do with it. The current style of dress would not have been allowed 20 years or so ago and the person would have been described as scruffy. The individual would have been asked to go home and dress properly to gain admission to the club-house or the golf course.

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Following the problems in the euro zone, uncertainty has once again hit Japan. In the last seven days, Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches.

Yesterday, Karaoke Bank announced that it’s up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.

While Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit. Fuji Bank has a mountain to climb if it is to survive this crisis and statements from the Sudoku Bank have been quite puzzling.

Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.

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