Can modern updates make jeans acceptable on the course?

Tuesday June 26th, 2012
Waterproof, windowpane-check, riveted five-pocket golf jeans from Abacus.
Abacus

It used to be that only municipal and funky rural courses would allow collarless shirts and denim pants, but golf style is changing as a younger generation continues its assault on the PGA Tour. Top professionals like Camilo Villegas, Sean O'Hair and Rickie Fowler are wearing jeans-style pants in competition with no repercussions, and now you can too. Several major golf companies now make five-pocket trousers, with or without rivets, as the "jeans shape" slips quietly under the radar into acceptable golf apparel.

Nike has five-pocket golf pants ($130) with rivet detailing and its sweat-wicking Dri-Fit fabric, with added stretch to facilitate swing freedom. Abacus, a stylish Swedish golf company, goes for a more luxurious look with its waterproof, windowpane-check, riveted five-pocket golf jeans ($150), while Puma features solid-colored five-pocket "tech pants" ($85) and wilder plaid versions, both built with stretch and a fit similar to jeans. The common thread here: a jeans silhouette composed of golf fabrics, complete with a fifth pocket -- the perfect place to stash your tees.

 

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