Those harrowing knee-knockers on the Tillinghast greens at Baltusrol Golf Club now come complete with the appropriate visual component: knees. The august home of seven U.S. Opens and the 2005 PGA Championship is finally lifting its ban on shorts. From July Fourth through Labor Day there will be no hawing over raised hems as long as they're of suitable length and proper style: Neither tennis nor cargo need tee up, and all socks must be white and no higher than the ankle. A change into long pants, however, will be required to enter the clubhouse.
Now that Baltusrol has ended its holdout, the list of elite private clubs continuing to stand fast is shrinking—though for most golfers, a round at Augusta National, San Francisco Golf Club, Cypress Point or Los Angeles Country Club will always be worth panting for. Besides, Augusta is open mainly in winter, and it feels like January year-round at SFGC and Cypress. The real question is, What kind of leg can LACC's restriction still be standing on?Hasn't it always been a Tinseltown requirement to flash a little gam?