So many great course logos, so little space for shirts and hats.

If you think the rules of golf are complicated, try sorting out the rules of golf course logos: how much is too much? Where, exactly, on your clothes is it the most stylish to wear them? A game just to sport the logo of a club you haven’t played?

Another problem is that not all logos are created equal. They carry different connotations and cachet. What should an image-conscious golfer do?

Just as the governing bodies streamlined the rulebook, The Etiquetteist set out to simplify a confusing topic.

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Josh Sens

Here’s an authoritative 8-point guide to protect yourself from the scathing judgment of your peers.

1. “1” is the magic number

Unless you get paid to wear them, a good rule of thumb is to stick to an odd number of logos and limit that number to less than three.

2. Mix them up

If you insist on wearing multiple logos, try not to have them all from the same club. This is referred to in fashion circles as “too matchy-matchy”, and what is known on the course as an odd decision, likely to be seen as a) showy or b) a sign that you dress in the dark.

The big, screaming logo is the fashion equivalent of apologizing on the first tee. Just as no one needs to hear it, no one needs it waved in front of their face. A subtle emblem on your cap or breast pocket should do the trick (a ball marker with a logo is also a good choice). Best case scenario, there’s a story behind the logo, so if someone notices and asks, you have something to talk about.

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Josh Sens

Congratulations! You played at Cypress Point. You are right to be satisfied. You also have reasons to wear the logo. Just be aware: for almost every person who wants to discuss this, there will be another who will be put off by what they see as a peacock.

5. Membership has its privileges

Wearing a logo is a great way to show your pride and support for the club you belong to. Let your monster flag fly. But rules #1 and #2 still apply.

6. The logo as a secret language

Some clubs — and you know which ones they are! — to acquire a sort of subterranean coolness. Brandishing their logos isn’t so much a form of bragging as a way to connect with kindred spirits. Which, ultimately, is the object of the game.

7. Augusta’s National Exception

In some purists’ rigid interpretation of the logo, you shouldn’t wear the logo unless you’ve played the course. We understand the argument. We mostly agree. But we will make an exception for the house of the Masters, provided that you are really at home. tooment.

8. Do you do yourself

The most important rule could make the others obsolete. Want to take the Nascar drivers route and do your trick like a traveling billboard? More power for you. Own your fashion sense as squarely as you do your own swing.

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A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes to all GOLF platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Have Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.