Ralph Lauren and the ‘Luxury Athletic’ look

July 22, 2023

The 2023 fall/winter lineup for Ralph Lauren introduced an inviting selection of relatively muted color schemes for its classic golf wear offerings.

I met with Ralph Lauren’s Molly Abramson to look at the new line at the January PGA Show in Orlando, Fla. Words like “mauve” and “cream” and “ruby” and “sage” filled the first few minutes of conversation. 

“Some don’t want a dark palette for that time of year,” Abramson said. The new tops and pants meet that standard, avoiding the vibrant tones usually found in summer season. It also appears that gathered hems for women’s pants will be an ever-increasing phenomenon.

Abramson also noted the company’s cashmere casual hoodie, available for men and women. Hoodies are a recent and growing addition to accepted golf fashion, and like heather fabric patterns, show signs of staying power. She said, “We call them part of the Luxury Athletic look,” along with combinations such as a T-shirt and solid-color golf skort. 

Abramson said the company’s skorts come in 13-, 15- and 17-inch lengths, appealing to a wider age demographic. A faux wrap skort I saw also looked great.

As for golf dresses, Abramson said they offer them with or without accompanying skorts/short options. “People like to make their own decisions about what to wear under the dresses,” she said. One design was a figure-flattering color block look. 

The later fall collection added to the color palette options, emphasizing blue, pink and violet fabrics.

When we discussed men’s wear, especially the featherweight polo shirts, Abramson mentioned that the performance fabric used in the clothing is entirely derived from used, recycled water bottles. 

As for men’s prints, the 13 fall designs also leaned toward the quiet and understated, in keeping with the usual Ralph Lauren aesthetic. Solid-colored shirts feature jacquard or herringbone patterns, adding a bit of flair. For bolder Lauren fans, there is also a printed camo option for men.

The entire fall collection can be seen at the company’s website and stores beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Divot much?

Practice ranges at Cape Region golf courses see a lot of use right now, which is a good thing. 

However, butchering range turf is not.

Please help your friendly local course superintendent by placing your next ball on the back edge of your first divot, making a small strip instead of re-creating a World War I No-Man’s Land. 

Following this practice helps keep turf loss to a minimum. 

Golfers using the range after you’re done will also appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Black and Pink

Each year the ladies of Rehoboth Beach Country Club hold an annual team tournament, formerly called the Black and Gold, which features a special charity component. 

This year’s June 28 event changed its name to the Black and Pink, and it raised $1,645 for the Food Bank of Delaware – Sussex County.  

The winning Black team included Arlene Simms, JoJo Barrows, Maureen Brown, Jullie Burton, Lora Drewer, Gina Bergin, Cyndy Simeone, Suzanne Moore, Judy Bennett, Barb Collins, Deb Hudson, Marcy Saliba and Kitty Lilly.

Paul Kares fundraiser 

The inaugural Paul Kares Rock & Roll Golf Tournament Classic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Mulligan’s Pointe Golf Club near Georgetown.

The event supports the work of Paul Kares, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission supports children with interests in music and the culinary arts. Paul Cullen, former bass player for Bad Company, founded the organization with fellow Lewes entrepreneur Jim Rivette.

On-site registration begins at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun for the scramble format event. Prizes are rock & roll themed, with players and sponsors encouraged to wear their favorite rock ‘n’ roll T-shirt or similar attire. A post-round barbecue and awards ceremony will be topped off with a concert by Cullen’s new band, Bad River. 

Sponsor opportunities range from $150 to $5,000, with player entry fees set at $125. Dinner/concert-only tickets are also on sale for $75.

For more information, contact Michael Whitehouse, executive director of Paul Kares, at .org, 203-241-7979, or to register, go to

Local club competition results

The Mulligan’s Pointe Ladies 18-Hole group played a fewest putts game July 18.

Susan Gatcomb won first place in the first division, with Diane Braver in second and Terese Kane in third. Nancy Mahwhinney took the top spot in the second division, with Rita McConnell in second and Deb Manelski in third.

The Kings Creek CC Ladies 18-Hole group played a net team 3 clubs and a putter game July 13.

Jean Chlastawa, Lori Guitson, Leslie Ledogar and Sara Cavendish won first place. Lisa Lekawa, Polly Donaldson, Darci Whitehead and Jeannine Doane finished second, with Diane Shawver, Katie Heintz and Kathy Casey in third.

Forty-eight members of the Kings Creek CC Ladies 9-Hole group played a team game July 11.

Darci Whitehead, Deb Chase, Pam Cranston and Margaret Rebarchik won first place. Christine Emery, Hope Lavachia, Nathalie McGregor and Tish Brey finished second. Sara Cavendish, Beth Andrews, Ann Bailey and Jennifer Walker took third. 

  • Fritz Schranck has been writing about the Cape Region's golf community since 1999. Snippets, stories and anecdotes from his columns are included in his new book, "Hole By Hole: Golf Stories from Delaware's Cape Region and Beyond," which is available at the Cape Gazette offices, Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Biblion Books in Lewes, and local golf courses. His columns and book reviews are available at

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