If you were hoping to find out which clothesline is best for drying your just-washed socks and undies in the hotel bathroom every night of your trip, oops, wrong pages! But if you want to find great pieces to pack for your next golf vacation, come along.
At GottaGoGolf, we want to spend every hard-earned getaway minute having fun, not doing laundry or even ironing. Though, here’s a tip from a seasoned traveler: Those slacks you love that always need a good pressing after washing, roll them up and pack them wrinkled. Iron just before you wear.
And here’s our best tip: Bring socks and undies for every day of your trip. You’re going to save space in your luggage by bringing not a clothesline but beautiful clothes you’ll love to wear for golf and keep wearing for dinner afterward. Or maybe you’ll make versatile choices that work for golf and then again for yoga class the next morning. Seriously!
These summer vacation-worthy finds all beg to be seen on the golf course and off. Some of these lines are small and constantly evolving, so check their websites for retailers or ask your local shop to order a catalog.
It’s hard to believe that Iconic’s fabrics all rate at least a 30, and many a 50, in sun protection – so silky and soft are they. Pair the Kate sleeveless mock turtle shell with the del Sol SunCardi for maximum 50+ UPF – as well as wicking, resilience, machine washability and style that folds into the smallest of spaces in the suitcase. The blush pink and the dawn blue seemed especially elegant choices for beyond the golf course, but the patterns will camouflage any little spots or spatters. MSRP about $50 per piece, iconicsport.com.
GGblue’s brilliant colors jump off the racks. But for this trip, the black yoga pants made it into our shopping bag. Substantial but stretchy, they both comfort and camouflage the body’s imperfections. You might think of them only for your next om but for the pockets – plenty deep enough to hold tees and a ball marker just before or after your next warrior pose. Also darned comfy on the airplane. MSRP $78, ggblue.com.
Twist on a classic
The detailing on Nivo’s golf wear takes it beyond the golf course – a zipper here, top stitching there, and, on the gray/white shirt from the Flow collection, a very unique treatment on the classic polo shirt neckline. This one has the collar, but with a V-neck and decorative buttons. Made of polyester with a touch of spandex, it has wicking and sun protection properties, and the color makes it a match for white, black or gray bottoms. MSRP $70, nivosport.com.
A black or white skort can take a woman almost anywhere, but there’s one from Canada’s Lija that looks more elegant than sporty. The Mira Clockwork Skort is a versatile 18 inches long and has no waistband or front and side pockets to add bulk (it’s got a welt pocket on the back), so off the golf course it could be worn with a sleek tank or shell and sandals for a more dressed-up look. And, if you’re hanging it in the shower, nice to know it’s 100 percent polyester and quick drying. MSRP $110, lijastyle.com.
This article first appeared in the May 2011 edition of GottaGoGolf Magazine.