Growing up with a golf-obsessed father, I'd always thought this was a sport for middle-aged men with a fondness for beer, television and minimal exercise. Although he's tried to convince me the so-called 'good walk spoiled' is a sophisticated sport involving strategy and a cardio workout, I remained unconvinced - particularly whenever I saw him and his mates in their motorised buggy, while their caddies chased lost balls in the woods like beagles. The closest I ever got to playing was when I visited the driving range, where I could humour my dad and still wear my favourite 501s, Converse sneakers and collarless camisoles. I told myself I'd never set foot on a course, and my reasons were justifiable. The idea of fashionable golfwear was, after all, an oxymoron. The thought of wearing polyester, pleated plaid trousers, pro-shop visors, Greg Norman polos and that odd looking, Jacko-white glove was too disturbing. 'You need to wear loose-cut shirts because it helps you with your swing, and it's etiquette to wear collared tops,' my father explained. Whatever. While the image of the prudish golfer still stands to a certain extent, I've noticed that hitting the golf course has become less of an old man's sport, with the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Michelle Wie (below), Annika Sorenstam and Grace Park (below) firing up the fairways in recent years. Snug, fitted tank tops and preppy, thigh-baring shorts are replacing oversized collared T-shirts and belted tapered trousers. With personal style superseding sartorial tradition, today's golfwear no longer looks like dad's. Luxury labels are quick to capitalise on the shift, with Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci coming up with covetable monogrammed golf bags, and Dior moving into the golfing arena with a range of attire this June. Retro name brands are enjoying their fashion moment, with the surging popularity of fitted Lacoste and Arnold Palmer T-shirts. This season's lounging label, Juicy Couture, has come up with a terrycloth collection of collared polos and fashionable, wrap-around minis, while lingerie label La Perla has introduced a range of flimsy, provocative, body-hugging collared shirts. Footwear has also kicked up a style notch. Nike has introduced the SP-5, a chic trainer with a studded sole. And for those who can't handle the challenge of walking all afternoon, www.luxurycarts.com offers an array of carts like mini replicas of Mercedes, Hummers and Chevrolets. In the same way denim and trainers have become acceptable at nightclubs, tank tops and minis are infiltrating golf courses. With all these glam choices, who needs the green jacket, when you can look every bit the fairway lady in Tiger Woods' victory red.