Golfers have ripped Wearside Golf Club on social media, after the club made a statement regarding that hoodies are "not acceptable golf attire" and are not allowed to be worn at the club, despite Tyrrell Hatton wearing one every day at Wentworth en route to his BMW PGA Championship success.
Hatton was the talk of the town during last week's European Tour flagship event, with the Englishman wearing a golf hoodie on all four days, as he claimed his third Rolex Series title and moved inside the top 10 of the World Rankings for the very first time.
Rocking an adidas golf hoodie at one of the best golf courses in the UK, golf fans took to Twitter to discuss the topic, with the majority agreeing that it's time for the sport to stop caring about what people are wearing and focus on increasing participation.
We at GolfMagic are completely on board with the modern style that is becoming increasingly popular in golf and if it gets more people playing the sport then it should only be seen as a positive, but it seems some golf clubs are too stubborn to adapt.
In a tweet posted by The Club - a Twitter page that shares stories sent in by amateur golfers - a statement from Wearside Golf Club near Sunderland was revealed, that made it clear that despite hoodies being allowed at Wentworth and on the European Tour, they are not accepted at the club and were compared to "designer ripped jeans".
The statement read: "In light of Tyrrell Hatton's recent success and fashion statement and following discussions on this, can I draw your attention to the club's dress code and re-emphasise that "hoodies" are not acceptable golf attire for Wearside Golf Club, no more so in fact than designer ripped jeans. I hope this avoids any unnecessary misunderstandings on this subject."
It didn't take long for hundreds of golfers to respond in the comments, shaming Wearside Golf Club for its statement.
Lol this is why I hardly play golf anymore— fawkes (@bryanfury89) October 13, 2020
Received the email this morning, shambles mate! Good enough for professional golf on the best courses in the world. However, not suitable for Wearside because it will offend the older stuck up folk— Callum Patton (@cal_patton) October 13, 2020
I, personally, cannot say I know anyone who would want to play golf in a pair of designer ripped jeans. I do know some people who would be happy to play golf in a “hoodie”. I am not one of them, but see no harm in it. I still prefer my layered approach, snood, and beanie hat.— Andrew Y Johnston (@AndrewYJohnston) October 13, 2020
I can picture the interview for the club professional’s job, “What can you do to revive the junior section?”— Tony Wesson (@tonywesson) October 13, 2020
Hatton should turn up in his hoodie and ask for a game, see what happens— James M (@jcmjcm4) October 13, 2020
A English pro who is top ten in the world wins the Pro golfers associations big event, with a gr8 story of the kid spectator who later won the event.. and def inspired some kids himself this week... and a bunch of amateurs shun all this. So out of touch.— Universal You (@UniversalYou) October 13, 2020
Break out the beige chinos with the ‘egg’ stains and muddy bottoms to pair with your 40 year old gardening jumper though and that’s fine.— Boots (@russellbt) October 13, 2020
Oh for fu.. Get a grip. If the winner of the BMW PGA can wear it, surely anyone at an amateur club can too.— Harry Double (@harrydouble1) October 13, 2020
But you can go out and buy a £10 cheap pair of pants, wear them everyday through winter so they are coated in mud around the bottom and still be allowed in the CH and course.— James M (@jcmjcm4) October 13, 2020
Im not surprised. I love golf, still far too many clubs out there catering to the dying members.— jamie scott (@onechord_js) October 13, 2020
What difference is a hoodie gonna make?#AbsoluteJoke
Shock! Wearside Golf Club... The places where dinosaurs roam freely, seeing out their final days on Earth - whilst playing golf at a pace that makes snails look like they have built-in turbo packs.— Hatton’s Hoodie (@browse_db) October 13, 2020
Wonder if Hatton turned up at Wearside GC this week to play in a hoodie if he’d be refused play ?!! I had a lesson yesterday , I wore a golf hoodie , it was warm , light , comfortable and looked great ,but old members at these clubs can wear 30 year old stained beige kegs fine ?!— Sean Kelly (@SeanRKelly) October 13, 2020