What We Wear and Where We Played in August

In this month’s Editors’ Picks, we bring you the best trails, shoes and socks we came across in August 2022.

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At GOLF.com, sport is not only our job but a passion. In this month’s Editors’ Picks, we bring you the best running, shoes and socks we’ve discovered in August 2022.

where we play

Guys, you can ring a bell. And play a course that is in its second century of existence. All for $40 – and that includes a cart.

Last month me and four buddies took a trip to Lawsonia, ranked second in GOLF’s list of the best courses in the country, and in between rounds there we played Tuscumbia Country Club, also in Green Lake, Wis. It’s a classic midwestern wooded course, so yes, there are trees, but it’s playable. It has some history too – the people of Tuscumbia are very proud to tell you that their course is the oldest in Wisconsin, having been founded in 1896.

And you can ring a bell. Halfway through the front nine – I believe it’s the fifth or sixth hole – a par 4 dips out of sight of the tee box, so Tuscumbia offers the bell, with a rope underneath, which allows you to both to inform the group behind you that they are safe to strike – and gives you the chance to send a jolt to your playing partners. —Nick Piastowski

The Big Bell of Tuscumbia.

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What we walk in

I spent the summer in St. Andrews without a vehicle. That means lots of walking through town to the Old Course, or traveling by train and taxi to other courses around Fife. To do it well, I needed a light, thornless pair of shoes that work well on pavement but also on short grass.

Look no further than the Adidas Stan Smith Golf Shoes. The outsole is covered in small rubber knobs of varying lengths that do an awesome job of locking you into the ground on a swing, but are also the perfect boost to add spring to your step on concrete. I wasn’t so sure about these kicks at first, but I’m definitely into it now. —Sean Zack

The Adidas Stan Smith, golf edition.

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what we wear

My biggest weakness? I’m a sock guy. After years of buying the cheapest and worst products I could get my hands on, a friend bought me a pair of high end performance socks and I was hooked. See you soon, bulbs! See you soon, malaise! See you soon, my savings account! With that precious first pair of premium socks, I was able to see my future clearly for the first time: I was walking on clouds…literally.

Today, socks are more important than ever to me. When I’m on the road for GOLF, I’m sometimes in the same pair of shoes for 15 hours straight. I often hike 36 or more holes in a day. So when I say Darn Tough Merino Wool Athletic Socks are good, I mean they are really super good. The socks are light, they are incredibly comfortable and they are able to withstand the beatings I inflict on them so often. More importantly, they are unequivocally worth the $18 price tag. Buy them or not, it’s up to you. All I ask is that you leave a few XL sizes in stock for your favorite golf editor. —James Colgan

Darn Tough socks are worth the price.

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I’m all for clothes you can wear both on and off the course. If I can’t wear my golf clothes to exercise, run errands, or hang out with friends, I won’t buy them. Lululemon Hotty Hot High Waisted Skirt (you read that right) is perfect for the start and for trips to Target.

Hotty Hot high waisted skirt from Lululemon.

It’s technically a racing skirt, which should tell you everything you need to know about its comfort and stretch. I have it in four colors and they’ve all been used a lot – and complimented – this summer. It is available in regular and long lengths as well as many colors and patterns. And the best part? It is currently on sale. —Claire Rogers

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