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The list of things banned at Los Angeles Country Club will take your breath away

We know traditional clubs have their idiosyncrasies when it comes to what they allow on their property. But the list of don’ts at LACC need to be seen to be believed
 

There is a particular circumstance – just one – where wearing shorts when playing at Los Angeles Country Club might not land you in hot water.

Whether they’re exercise, or Bermuda (way to be specific), “athletic type t-shirts” and “denim pants of any colour”, you can safety have them attached to your person “from the Parking Lot to the Locker Rooms or from the Locker Rooms to the Parking Lot”.

Just don’t get carried away. These exceptions seem to be made so you can change as quickly as possible. “Loitering” in the locker room while you’re in such garments is “not permitted”.

Those latter two words, along with “unacceptable”, make frequent appearances on the guest information page outlining the customs and traditions for those lucky enough to get a chance to tee it up at the ultra-exclusive City of Angels institution which hosts this week’s US Open.

While lots of clubs have made some pretty big concessions to their dress codes in a bid to make members and visitors feel more comfortable – and just generally get into the 21st century – LACC tote a list of rules that wouldn’t have looked too out of place when they were first founded in 1897.

Their club, their rules, and some of you might appreciate the many regulations that guide every second you’re on club ground. Others may balk at the regulations regarding hats and headphones.

Anyway, you can make your own minds up. Here are some of the more interesting policies in force at this venue that might be dead and buried at your club but proudly live on here…

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Golf clubhouse rules at Los Angeles Country Club

“Skirts must be no shorter than 4” above the knee”.

“Children under the age of 7 must maintain a conservative and modest attire in keeping with the Club’s tradition”.

Unacceptable attire: “Shorts of any kind, including skorts and culottes”

Unacceptable action: “Changing shoes in the parking lot”.

“Audible calls and messages are only permitted inside closed vehicles in the parking lots, in the Phone Room, or in the phone booths in the Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms”.

To cap it off, there is this beautiful catch-all: “If the use of technology is not specifically addressed in this policy, then it is not permitted at the club”.

Sounds like a barrel of laughs. But if this set-up is right up your street, or your club has some quirky golf clubhouse rules that have stood the test of time, why not let me know with a tweet?

Steve Carroll

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 25 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former club captain, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the R&A's prestigious Tournament Administrators and Referees Seminar.

Steve has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying, PGA Fourball Championship, English Men's Senior Amateur, and the North of England Amateur Championship. In 2023, he made his international debut as part of the team that refereed England vs Switzerland U16 girls.

A part of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. He currently floats at around 11.

Steve plays at Close House, in Newcastle, and York GC, where he is a member of the club's matches and competitions committee and referees the annual 36-hole scratch York Rose Bowl.

Having studied history at Newcastle University, he became a journalist having passed his NTCJ exams at Darlington College of Technology.

What's in Steve's bag: TaylorMade Stealth 2 driver, 3-wood, and hybrids; TaylorMade Stealth 2 irons; TaylorMade Hi-Toe, Ping ChipR, Sik Putter.

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