A proposal to impose a dress code on a Burbank municipal golf course unraveled Thursday night.
Burbank park and recreation commissioners indicated they felt there are already enough restrictions on attire at the city's De Bell course.
Commissioner Gary Canfield placed the item on the agenda, saying he had received complaints from other golfers about players appearing shirt-less. He proposed that all players be required to wear spiked golf shoes, that men wear shirts at all times, and that bikini shorts, tank tops or tattered T-shirts be banned.
Although rules at the course already specify that men and women must wear shirts at all times, Canfield said the requirement is not vigorously enforced.
"A certain amount of etiquette is needed," said Canfield, who golfs regularly at the course. He said both men and women complained about others in scanty attire.
Some golfers felt that the stricter dress code was a good idea, but others complained that it would be elitist and unnecessary.
The Burbank city attorney's office had warned that a dress code at a public golf course could be interpreted by some users as discriminatory, generating lawsuits. Dress restrictions for safety purposes--such as shoes and shirts that protect the body from injuries and scrapes--could better withstand legal challenges, officials counseled.
Phil Scozzola, the course manager, told the board that golfers who wear inappropriate attire are asked to wear more suitable clothes on their next visit. He added that he would try to enforce the "shirts required" rule more closely.
Park and Recreation Board President Edwin LaRocque commented: "I really don't think there's a problem up there."