Mark Wahlberg, denied entry to golf course

The incident occurred at the Elanora Country Club, north of Sydney, where Wahlberg was filming his movie "Play Dirty"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Mark Wahlberg, denied entry to golf course
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If you're planning a trip around the world to play golf in Australia, make sure to pack several pairs of white socks in your suitcase. In Australia, it seems that white is the only color allowed in golf clubs, as Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg discovered when he was denied entry to a Sydney course due to his black socks.

Without appropriate dress code, no golf.

Mark Wahlberg, golf

The incident occurred at the Elanora Country Club, north of Sydney, where Wahlberg was filming his movie "Play Dirty." Eager to play at one of the area's most renowned clubs, the actor was stopped at the clubhouse due to the dress code.

"You can't play like that, there are rules. Only players with white socks are allowed here," he was told. Even the club's general manager, Cathye Neagle, confirmed the strict enforcement of the dress code, stating that the rules are well-known and available on the club's website.

Wahlberg, however, resolved the issue by purchasing a pair of white socks at the club's pro shop. Before starting the game, he posted a video on Instagram joking about the situation. The Wahlberg case highlights the persistence of dress codes in golf, a practice that still sparks debates in 2024.

But is it really necessary to pay so much attention to the length of trousers or the presence of collars on shirts? While there are certainly dress codes that respect tradition but may seem outdated, modern attire can also be inappropriate.

It's about finding a balance between tradition and evolution. The dress code in golf is a tradition, but the future of golf must also be inclusive and open to change. While professionals on the PGA and DP World Tour are bound by certain standards, it's important to consider more flexible rules to accommodate a wider range of players. We must avoid extremes but also be aware of the evolution of fashion and society as a whole.

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