Hickory Golf: Golf's Anti Modern Movement

Posted on 28th Mar 2016 Categories: News

While most professional golfers pride themselves on using the latest equipment, in the Scottish countryside a very different kind of golf is taking place.– one where players are happily swinging antiques.


Anyone watching a Hickory golf tournament could be forgiven for thinking they’d stumbled 100 years back in time. It’s not just the old fashioned equipment –wooden clubs that date back to the 19th century – but also the clothes: the players walk round the course dressed in plus fours, long argyle socks and flat caps.


 Professional golfers say golfing equipment and particularly clothing is now much more practical – shirts made from stretch material that blocks sunlight, moisture proof trousers that give new meaning to the term ‘no sweat’ – technical features to match the games new-found coolness. Others think the game has lost part of its charm and gentleman like status.


 Hickory golf has taken on a new lease of life in the past few years; it is now gaining popularity in America, Sweden, Australia and South Africa. Why not try it yourself? Kingarrock Hickory Golf Club, a short drive from St Andrew’s, Carnoustie and a host of Scotland’s other premier courses, offers a fun, authentic 1920’s golfing experience in serene surroundings. They offer guidance from an experienced PGA Pro, hire of original 1900’s Hickory clubs and balls and traditional local refreshments. Although there is no official dress code at Kingarrock, you are encouraged to don your plus fours, flat cap and argyle socks for a sharp look on the course.


This retro sport is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017; it’s time to get kitted out and practicing, who knows, you could make it to the World Hickory Open – just make sure you’re wearing House of Cheviot’s argyle golf socks! 

House of Cheviot Argyle Golf Socks