Noel, this is a great topic. Since I got into golf I've thought about this a bunch. I prefer courses that are strict with dress codes. One of the public place I played in SW Michigan would not let you do anything on the grounds in jeans. Not even practice putting. Dress properly or no go. I like that.
But in this regards I try to set the example in deed. I always dress nicely to play.
That adage about look good, feel good, play good is so true! I like to be "put together" out on course. And always, always take my hat off indoors. These are proper, common sense things. Frankly, as Harry Vardon said, "it's what a gentleman does as a matter of course."
This, my friend, is one of the things I like about this (FJCommunity) website, is that many of you love nice things. FootJoy!
You know, I can't say that I've always been at my best, but then I've never been out of order either. The efforts the day before the round, where I set aside what I'm wearing the next day along with the rest of the equipment being ready is comforting to me. As my dad and and others say about golf, "preparation is everything", and it goes with just about everything we do whether it's our work in golf, the time we allow prior to tee time, and it definitely includes the way we dress.
There is a course in Hawaii, Kawai Island, it's called Wailua Golf Course. Great course! Public/Muni I think. I read a little about it, and it mentioned that it was one of the Amateur Championship site a few times. So I played it since I had a few more days to stay. Anyway, I just could not get used to the way they let players on "barefoot!" as in no footwear and tank-tops, ugh. I was so surprised. Other than that, it was a great course with two nines designed by two different guys as they started only with nine holes. . . I've only played it once, but I sort of miss it, although I doubt that I'd go barefoot in a tank-top. (lol)