Dress Code

Dress Code & Etiquette

To make sure that your day is enjoyable, we direct your attention to the following rules and regulations that pertain to our members and their guests as well as anyone participating in a golf outing.  Your compliance with these regulations in advance of your outing will avoid embarrassing situations. 

  • Golf Dress Code

      All golfers are requested to be appropriately attired.  Appropriate attire shall be considered casual dress consistent with the social atmosphere such as; long pants Bermuda shorts, skirts and dresses of acceptable length, and golf shirts with collars.  Shirts and blouses are to be worn tucked in and hats may not be worn facing backwards, nor on the patio or inside the clubhouse.  Inappropriate attire shall be considered as short shorts, jeans, designer jeans, tank tops, undershirts, tee shorts and bare tops.


      Please keep golf carts on paths when possible, observe all directional lines, signs and ropes.  Also, please keep golf carts at least thirty feet from any tee, green or bunker.  All operators of golf carts must have a valid motor vehicle license.  Golf carts are not permitted off property at any time.


      Please repair ball marks, replace divots and rake all bunkers.


      Short Hills Country Club is not responsible for any lost articles.


      Close attention to the speed of play is important.  If there is an open hole in front of you, you are probably playing too slowly.  Always keep pace with the groups in front of you.

  • Standard Dress Code
    • Short Hills Country Club maintains a standard of dress for all members and guests, including children. 

      These regulations have been instituted to maintain the standards of good taste and decorum expected of all members, dependents and guests. This varies in different areas, depending on the purpose and usage of that area. Blue jeans and denim clothing which is in good taste and not worn, tattered, or adorned with inappropriate signs or symbols are allowed at Short Hills Country Club, in all areas of the club except on the golf course or designated formal dining areas.

      The following is considered to be proper attire at Short Hills Country Club.

      Formal: Suits or Sport Jackets for men.  Dresses or Slacks for ladies.

      Casual: Proper casual attire.

      The following is a list of casual attire that is not acceptable Short Hills Country Club.

      Not Permitted:

      Denim or jeans of all types and colors (unless in the Pavilion, Deck, Patio or Pool). Clothing with inappropriate language or graphics.  Tank tops, tube tops, low cut shirts, mesh shirts, and halter tops; gym shorts, coaching shorts, cut-offs, running, biking, camp shorts, spandex shorts, carpenter pants, coveralls, overalls, painting pants and shorts more than 5” above the knee.  Any dress of similar nature as stated above is unacceptable.

      T-shirts are not allowed on the golf course, warm up area, putting green, or in the porch/dining room. They may be worn on the deck, the pool area or at the tennis courts.

      Hats and visors are not to be worn in the Clubhouse when seated for service. 


      Shirts must be tucked in at all times, when seated for dining and on the golf course and all practice areas. Top/blouse styles that are meant to be worn outside the pants are acceptable as long as the overall appearance is neat.

      Turtleneck and mock-turtleneck shirts are allowed for men, women and children on the course, practice areas, members lounge and porch.

      Sleeveless, mock turtleneck shirts may be worn by females for golf and in the clubhouse areas.  Also, jewel neckline shirts (collarless, sleeveless) may be worn for golf and in Clubhouse areas.  Dress hats are acceptable. 

      Golf Spikes:  Metal spikes of any type are not allowed at Short Hills Country Club.

      No Exceptions:  Soft spikes may be worn throughout Short Hills Country Club.

      Tennis: Tennis attire may be worn on the porch, in Pavilion and on the Deck. 

      Pool:  Pool cover-ups and t-shirts over bathing suits are not acceptable attire within the main Clubhouse or Pro Shop.  Pool cover-ups and t-shirts may be worn on the deck only. Cover-ups and footwear must be worn at all times when leaving the pool area.  In order to adhere to Illinois Health Code laws, it is against policy to enter the clubhouse wearing only swim suits, bikinis and/or swim trunks.  Also, footwear is required inside at all times. 

  • Dress Code By Location
    • Dining Rooms: Informal

      Pavilion: Casual/Dressy Denim (meeting above requirements) worn year round

      Deck/Pool: Casual

      Tennis Courts: Casual