What's Up Golf Dudes and Babes!
I recently just got back from the Career Builder Challenge in beautiful, sunny, 75 degree La Quinta, California. I absolutely love watching PGA tournaments. It is so much fun to just kick back with a Bloody Mary, beer, or whatever you're into and watch the pros hit amazing shots. It makes it even better when the weather is perfect outside- El Nino who? (Sorry, East Coasters).
I decided to share with you what I like to bring with me to a professional golf tournament. Also, I've included what I like what to wear- what I think is most appropriate and functional (cue eye roll at the chick wearing high heels on a golf course).
First of all, let's check out what's in my bag:
If you are a golf babe like me, you need a small bag with you to carry your ish. My favorite bag to take is a small cross body bag like this blue Kate Spade cross body I got for Christmas last year. It is the perfect size to fit just enough but not too big that the notorious gate keepers won't let it in. I couldn't find the exact one that I have but here is one that is similar.
Now since you are going to be outside all day, you need to protect your skin! Whenever I am out playing golf or watching a professional tournament (or doing anything outside for that matter), I always wear some sort of hat to protect my scalp and my hair color! My current favorite is this cute Golf Babes Lifestyle Hat. Cute design and very breathable! I also wear sunglasses to protect my eyes from those harmful rays. These Nike Vintage 82 Aviators are perfect to wear for both playing and watching- I love the blue lenses! Of course, I always wear high SPF sunscreen to protect the rest of my skin. Even though I'm covering my face with a hat and sunglasses, I still make sure to use these products- Benefit Cosmetics Triple Performing Facial Emulsion and Coppertone Sport Stick SPF 55. The Triple Performing Facial Emulsion w/ SPF 15 keeps my skin moisturized and hydrated all day long, while the Coppertone Sports Stick gives me the extra SPF I need to protect my skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. To be honest, I actually use the stick all over my body and not just my face when I am out on the course! It is small, fits in any purse and gives me the protection my arms and legs need with SPF 55. It's also clear which is great because I'm not trying to be the guy with the white triangle of sunblock on his nose.
My favorite thing to bring/wear is my FitBit tracker! Since I am walking all around the golf course all day long, I want to see how many steps I can get in in one day! The recommended daily average is 10,000 but if you are watching a professional tournament, you are bound to walk at least 6 miles! (More if you are making multiple trips to the bar- and in that case you should be walking at least 6 miles!)
Sidenote- I always try to bring in some sort of snack bar because you never know when you may be stranded on the furthest point of the golf course with no concession stand in sight. Or maybe you just can't stand the thought of another hot dog. I feel ya. Speaking of food, I recommend hitting up Mastro's Steakhouse in Palm Desert if you have the time and the money. That steak is worth the pretty penny, and so is the people watching.
As for outfits, I tend to go with a casual/golf/athletic/comfortable look. Let's be real, walking around in jeans/dresses/shorty shorts are not comfortable or functional. No need to flash your new designer everything- unless you are a tour wife. Hello, Balenciaga. Personally, I like wearing skorts from Fabletics and Kyodan because they stand out from the other golf/athletic skirts out there! I pair the skort with a cute t-shirt or tank and a fun sports bra (the dark gray t-shirt had a cutout in the back and I had a cute, strappy Fabletics sports bra on underneath). Then, I always bring a lightweight long-sleeve to layer when it gets chilly in the morning and during the round. Most importantly, I always wear SNEAKERS! My favorite pair are the Lunarglide 7 running shoes from Nike. They are super supportive and cute- I have them in two colors. Sneakers/running shoes at a professional golf tournament are a MUST since you will be walking all day long. I know you may think that your sandals can tough it out but trust me- your feet will not thank you (ouch!).
No matter what, you will have fun. Especially if you take my advice! Just remember the essentials- sun protection, small bag, sneakers, and something to sip on ;)