Green your game

Apr 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: In The Hole!

Golf is getting greener.

Courses are making earth-friendly practices a priority to minimize their environmental impact. Practices that minimize the use of pesticides and water ensure golf continues its advance toward the environmental goals we all agree are important.

But what about us golfers? Is there anything we can do to green up our games?

One possibility: wear eco-friendly golf clothing.

Golf Green Gear is a new company that specializes in eco-friendly golf apparel. All of its clothing, such as the women's polos shown here, are fabricated from bamboo.

Golf Green Gear is a new company that specializes in eco-friendly golf apparel. All of its clothing, such as the women's polos shown here, are fabricated from bamboo.

In honor of Earth Day 2009, we surveyed a number of designers who offer eco-apparel and what we found was a delight. Not only is today’s eco-golf apparel stylish, but many pieces offer side benefits, such as durability and performance characteristics.

Golf Green Gear

Many of our golf apparel eco-designers are offering clothing fabricated from bamboo. One company — Golf Green Gear, a one-year-old start-up from California — uses nothing but.

Why bamboo? Because as an eco-friendly fabric choice, it’s is a no-brainer.

Quiet Please is another golf apparel brand that features bamboo fabric. This is a detail from the back of the company's Grace top.

Quiet Please is another golf apparel brand that features bamboo fabric. This is a detail from the back of the company's Grace top.

Although its a woody plant, bamboo is actually a member of the grass family. Once you plant it, it will grow back when it’s harvested just like your lawn after you mow.

Bamboo is not a fussy crop — another mark in its favor. It doesn’t have to be pampered with irrigated water or fertilizer. It grows fast — and as it grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide 5 times faster than an equivalent-sized stand of trees.

What’s equally surprising is that fabric made of bamboo is hypoallergenic, breathable, fast-drying, and moisture wicking. And it has natural anti-bacterial properties so it stays odor-free longer.

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Many of Lela Designs' pieces are fabricated from environmentally-sensitive materials.

Lela Designs

Across the border to the north, fashion-forward Lela Designs features bamboo and other eco-friendly materials¬† — including organic cotton and recyled PET — in its eco-luxury line of golf and lifestyle apparel.

O in One

Ever wish you had a place to stick your sunglasses for a minute while you putt? With an O in One polo you've got a built-in sunglass holder on your collar.

Ever wish you had a place to stick your sunglasses for a minute while you putt? With an O in One polo you've got a built-in sunglass holder on your collar.

For a unique twist on eco-friendly apparel, check out O in One. This company’s claim to fame is a sunglass holder fabricated into the collars of its men’s and women’s golf polos.

Many of their polos are made from conventional fabric, but the O in One website also carries an organic cotton and a bamboo version — so you can be green and hands-free on the green at the same time.

Tehama's Carbon-Tech clothing for women golfers feature eco-friendly fabrics that also deliver performance benefits. Pictured here, a Tehama cotton bamboo argyle sweater vest, Tehama recycled polysester zip-front polo, and Tehama organic cotton/spandex plaid bermuda short.

Tehama's Carbon-Tech clothing for women golfers feature eco-friendly fabrics that also deliver performance benefits. Pictured here, a Tehama cotton bamboo argyle sweater vest, Tehama recycled polysester zip-front polo, and Tehama organic cotton/spandex plaid bermuda short.

Tehama

Back to California, another company that has put earth-friendliness front-and-center is Tehama. They’ve expanded their eco-line this year with new additions to its Carbon-Tech grouping of women’s golf apparel.

Tehama is another house that uses bamboo, but they also incorporate high-tech touches — a recipe with ingredients like activated carbon from bamboo and coconut shells and (new this year) “Minerale,” a technology derived from minerals originally found in volcanic ash.

The combination of these elements, Tehama says, promotes cooling, odor resistance, anti-static properties, and UV protection.

So there you are! This year more than ever, you can choose eco-friendly apparel when you dress for the golf course. You’ll look great — and you’ll be doing a little bit more to protect our environment.

Happy Earth Day!