No cargo, please!
By mustang6560 on 11/28/12
La Gorce Country Club is a swanky golf club located in an posh area of South Florida. It's the kind of golf club where members invite guests like Michael Jordan.
But, La Gorce has a dress code that applies to everyone — even six-time NBA champions. So when Michael Jordan showed up wearing cargo shorts, which is a no-no according to the club's dress code, for a round of golf recently, members weren't too pleased. In fact, according to the New York Post, Michael Jordan won't be invited back to La Gorce.
"Michael was wearing cargo pants on the course," said a spy. Jordan's multipocketed pants were apparently against the dress code that, sources say, dictates that members and guests must be attired in a collared shirt and Bermuda shorts. But when 6-foot, 6-inch Jordan was offered a chance to change outfits, he demurred. "He was given the chance to change but he didn't want to," a source said.A spokesperson for Michael Jordan acknowledged the alleged breach of etiquette, however, denied the sequence of events.
A rep for Jordan said, "Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants ... He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously, and had never been made aware that he was violating any dress code. This time, he was made aware of the violation on the 12th hole, and at that point ... he did refuse to interrupt his game, and return to the clubhouse and change. We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it's their loss — as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest."I'm sorry Mike, but as a long-time golfer, you should know better than to wear cargo shorts to a golf course. Cargo shorts and jeans have no place in golf regardless of where you're playing.
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Good job La Gorce Country Club!
Although I agree that he shouldn't be wearing cargo shorts if that's the rules WHY DID THEY NOT MENTION IT THE FIRST TIME HE PLAYED WITH CARGO SHORTS? He had been there several times wearing cargo shorts why say something this time and expect him to change on the 12th hole? Why not say something at the beginning of the round?
A quiet word prior to or after the round to the member who invited MJ would have been appropriate. Approaching someone mid-round over a rather trivial clothing issue is ridiculous and insulting. They would not need to ban me, I would never want to return.
once MJ was allowed to tee off....it's too late...it is on the Club to catch and correct this prior to tee'ing off...
I would be shocked if the events transpired exactly as the NY Post suggests and even more suprised if they occured the way Jordan's reps purport. Someone along the way probably mentioned to his airness that he shouldn't wear cargo pants and Jordan probably didn't hear a word of it because he is Michael Jordan and can't be bothered with trivial things like rules. And I'm fine with that. Why would you bother to follow obscure dress code rules when you live a life where noone questions or second guesses the majority of your daily actions. The rules don't apply to Jordan because no one bothers to enforce them.
Bryan K says:
While I understand and agree with dress codes, the dress codes that forbid cargo shorts is ridiculous. If they are stylish and look appropriate, I don't see any reason why they would be forbidden.
I've played in cargo shorts, and cargo pants, when the course rules dictate that it is OK. I don't own a whole lot of clothes, and I'm certainly not going to wear my tailored dress pants for a quick nine on a Saturday afternoon at the local daily-fee course. I dress according to the dress code posted on the website, or at the course. It's easy enough to take a quick look.
If he wasn't dressed appropriately, the starter should have informed him that he could not tee off until he changed. If he refused to change at that point, he should have been invited to enjoy a cold beverage in the clubhouse (unless the dress code applies there as well), or asked to leave. As guzz said, once he teed off, the time has passed to make him change.
I usually follow dress codes, but when I'm playing a 9 or 18 hole course that isn't very maintained, especially on a weekday, I'm probably going to wear track pants or cargo shorts depending on the weather. I always wear collared shirts though.
Change in the middle of a round? COME ON MAN!
Gotta say I am not one for golf's snobby dress code. I was on the exec of my first course back in the 70's and remember the assistant pro had some poor slob on his knees outside the proshop, so he could accurately measure whether the guy's shorts were "legal". I quit the exec soon after. I laughed out loud when Tiger first wore a mock tee and then every G+CC in the land suddenly made mock tees OK. It's a crock. A crock and a sham. Dangerfield had it right.
Like it or not, most private CCs have a very strict dress code. Typically, in addition to Bermuda length shorts and collared shirts, all shirts must be tucked in. Hats are not allowed inside the clubhouse. Overall general appearance must be presentable. These are PRIVATE clubs. They can make any rule they want. MJ, by now, is used to playing at private, upscale clubs. He should know better, and assuming he does, then he was just taking advantage of his celebrity status, acting as if rules don't apply to him. In order to actually become a member of these upscale clubs, typically you must be nominated by a number of other members and pay a huge initiation fee, then sign on the bottom line that you agree to abide by the rules of the club. Whoever brought MJ as a guest is responsible for his actions. That, IMO, is just rude for MJ to do, knowing full well what the rules are. They are like that most everywhere at private clubs so he can't claim ignorance. He's been playing long enough to know better.
@Bryan K I agree if Cargo shorts look "stylish and look appropriate" then allow them. However, cargo shorts are never "stylish and look appropriate." How much cargo do you really carry around the golf course??
WOW, once again I'm caught not knowing the fashion police rules. I play regularly in cargo shorts and a polo, sometimes in jeans and a tee shirt. Get over it people, it's golf, we are all here to play a game, dress code requirements just turn people away, who cares if you have the PROPER ATIRE, just play the game and have FUN. I should not have to purchase a GOLF ONLY wardrobe. I should be able to play the game in whatever clothes I find to be comfortable to do so. GOLF NAKED
Duke of Hazards says:
I understand that these upscale private clubs have their dress codes and what not, that's fine. However, I'm guessing that the brand and style of cargo shorts that MJ was wearing probably cost more than any pair I will ever own and likely were very presentable. I'd be willing to bet that the majority of the personnel at that club likely have noticed and let it pass since he is clearly a guest and wasn't looking like a hobo and the only reason that this is a story is because some extra-pocket hating yahoo had a personal fantasy to dress down a celebrity (in the middle of the round? really?).
Anyone that cares this much about Cargo vs Bermudas shorts is just an idiot... There the same shorts just with a couple extra pockets, which is actually a blessing when playing golf without a caddie! and I got to tell you, at a few of the clubs I play seeing these old guys in too small/tight bermuda shorts and polo shirts is much more of an eyesore!
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