Play like a pro and dress like a slob. Not good Rancho Mirage form in-season when the hotshots fill the town and everyone puts on the dog day and night. They say clothes make the man. Maybe. Depends on the man or the lady for that matter. A little distinction wouldn’t hurt when you’re hooking and slicing your way through 18 of the best we’ve got. Try dressing like a pro if you play like a slob. Leave the Dockers at home and outfit yourself with a little panache for your next round at one of Rancho Mirage’s purveyors of fine golf duds.

For ladies the ground zero of golf attire can be found at The Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center. Here is the international headquarters for Lady Golf Sportswear – Where Luxurious Fashions are Part of the Game. And they are! Limos have been known to pull up, blinds drawn on the store front and the front door locked so that the veiled wives of sheiks can shop ’til they drop. You’ll see why when you check out the lines that include Armani, Escada, SanSoleil, Walter Genuin, Sesto Meucci of Florence and so much more. Golf bags, accessories, body coolers – everything a lady needs to gain the advantage have been carefully selected by owner Karen who is often on hand to assist customers. High style reigns at Lady Golf so don’t expect to emerge in some beige ensemble that will allow you to slink around the course unnoticed.

At the Pete Dye Golf Shop at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa a vast array of goods can be had to help give your game an edge. Gentlemen: check out the Adidas and Cutter & Buck gear. Step up to Greg Norman’s line or Tommy Bahama’s latest. Ladies: sample Greg Norman or the Adidas line and also try sliding into E.P. Pro and Lija to get the perfect look for the Pete Dye Resort Course right outside the door of the Pro Shop.

Numerous shopping opportunities are available for golfers at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Adjacent to the resort lobby, check out the Boutique where Tommy Bahama rules for men; there are hats galore for the ladies and Ray Ban sunglasses for both. Don’t forget to swing into the Spa Shop on the opposite side of the lobby for your skin care and sun screen products. Top choices would be Babor or Peter Thomas Roth that ladies can tuck into a Brighton fanny pack picked up at the Boutique. Then at the Pro Shop at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club ladies have large lines of Greg Norman, Nike, E.P. Pro to select from. Men can outfit in Greg Norman, Nike and Cutter & Buck. Don’t miss the selection of Oakley sunglasses! And take a moment to scan the many small golf accessory gifts that make perfect thank-you dashes for your Rancho Mirage host and hostess.

Now that you’re looking like a pro – get out there and show us what you’ve got!

RM