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A History of Golf Knickers

Golf knickers harken back to a golden age of golf. The days of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagan, and Gene Sarazan. If people consider them "vintage," "retro," or "classic,"—well, that's because they are.

These short pants (or Golf Knickers, knickerbockers, "plus fours", breeches, etc.) have been around since at least the 17th century, when Dutch colonists in the American colony of New Netherland (which stretched from what today is Maryland's Eastern Shore all the way up to the bottom of Cape Cod)

their adoption in mainstream fashion didn't happen in the US until 1924, when Edward VII, Prince of Wales (and later King of England), wore them on a diplomatic trip to the United States.

While athletes today are comparatively spoiled by advancements in textiles that allow fabrics to give and stretch, wicking moisture all the while, turn of the century golfers had no concept of "active wear" as we know it today. As such, golfers embraced the additional mobility of Golf Knickers, and the look remained popular among golfers even after the style waned among the general public  in the 30's. A classic combination for hitting the links during the time was Golf knickers complemented by knee-high argyle socks. A button up shirt and tie covered by a pullover sweater completed the look. Golf Knickers have all but disappeared from modern golf, not to mention mainstream fashion. l in cooler weather.

In golf, some stalwarts remain, proudly standing apart from the de facto golf uniform—the polo shirt and some shorts. It was this uniform look that led the late Payne Stewart to don Golf Knickers at the beginning of his professional career. In standing apart from the crowd today, golfers who adopt the traditional look of golf knickers also pay homage to the early days of modern golf, and the rich history and tradition of the game as a whole.

Article obtained from www.globalgolf.com