But it wasn't long before golfers ditched the "whistle and flutes" and started to dabble in the dark arts of leisure and sports wear.
Here we see the 1965 Great Britain and Ireland team at Birkdale in their Val Doonican-inspired numbers.
You know the adage about clothes making the man? Well, this outfit surely played a part in the beating the home team took that year.
That said, the GB&Ire boys could have looked as cool as Michael Caine in Alfie and still struggled - US wins were de rigeur at this time.