Did I ever tell you that I used to run a restaurant in Italy with my brother? It was called Maso Spilzi and was the clubhouse for the local golf course in Folgaria. I could go on to say I am very knowledgeable about golf, but I’d be lying. However, I did get a great insight into the world of golf, in fact, many of my friends played the game and even tempted me up on to the driving range a few times.
It was during my ‘when I lived in Italy’ days and I know I’ve told you about that before. It’s funny as it all seems such a long time ago but my friend from Italy got in touch a while back to say her husband was now running the place. (I’ve told you about him too, he runs Malga Millegrobbe which is at the top of a mountain and one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to.)
That tiny piece of information sent me right back to the year 2000 and I could see myself in the bar of the restaurant, serving drinks, taking lunch orders and doing tasks that restauranteurs do.
One of our weekly tasks for the golf club was to put on a ‘spaghettata‘ for the weekly competition. It was a fun occasion when the whole golf club would come together and play against one another. Some weeks there were some very prestigious prizes and others there were more humble offerings for the winner but no matter what was up for grabs, there was one thing every golfer who took part did, and that was to take great pride in dressing accordingly.
Golf fashion goes back decades and has always been a step aside from what may be considered ‘normal’ fashion. On the course, bright colours are the way forward, Rupert Bear checks are seen as immensely desirable items, the beautiful leather shoes are unique to the sport and the overall look must be one of refined elegance. A casual smart to be reckoned with.
This is a tradition that doesn’t seem to ever go out of fashion and golfers secretly are vying with one another for the best look. I have found some great golf t-shirts available at Function 18 to look the part
That same sense of presence exists here on the British golf courses and I frequently see my friends posting photos of themselves in the golf gear and being very proud of themselves. Sometimes I wonder if they are more interested in the look rather than the 18 holes?
I found their sense of fashion and care of attention to dressing on the golf course very endearing and noticed that everyone takes part from the top lawyers and doctors who arrived in the latest BMWs or Mercedes, to the local plumber who enjoys a round of golf with his friends at the weekend to enjoy the fresh air and company.
You couldn’t really tell who was the plumber and who the doctor in the sea of bright colours, but I can tell you, they all tucked into their plate of spaghetti after the prizegiving and enjoyed a glass of wine too.
Do you play golf, and do you own special clothes to wear on the course?