The forsythia has bloomed, so it's officially time to start talking about golf in the Treasure Valley. And if golf is known for anything, it's high-end fashion... or not.
Admittedly, when most people think of golf fashion, they picture middle-aged men strolling about the fairways in loud polo shirts and plaid pants, but a pair of Boise sisters is making the game a far more fashionable affair for female players.
Haute Shot Golf is the brainchild of Boise sisters JJ Winters and Julie Suitter, who thought it was about time well-dressed women had something to wear on the course that wasn't limited to the colors white, black, beige, tan, khaki or light pink.
"There was definitely a need out there for women's golf clothing that isn't boring," Winters said.
The result is a line of women's golf skorts (skirts with shorts built in) featuring bright colors, fun patterns and sensible features like deep pockets and breathable fabrics with a little stretch built in.
Winters and Suitter design the patterns and select the colors, and the skorts are manufactured in Los Angeles. It was a nearly two-year process for the sisters to not only research the industry, but find a manufacturer in the United States--something Winters said was important to them.
Haute Shot's first line has been available for about four months, selling items on the company's own website (hauteshotgolf.com), as well as on Amazon.com and in the Treasure Valley at the pro shop at Shadow Valley Golf Course, retailing for $80.
And while the bold patterns and colors are atypical for golf attire, Winters said she and Suitter took care to make sure their clothing is still something that can be worn to the most discerning course.
"We wanted it to fall somewhere between tacky and boring," Winters said. "It had to be tasteful and still fun."
Haute Shot will come out with six more patterns this fall, and Winters said the company is toying with the idea of expanding to sleeveless polo shirts and tennis skirts.
Now that you're all dressed up, here's somewhere to go: Sun Valley has opened its White Clouds Golf Course for the season and now is the time to score some deals--if you're into that sort of thing.
Early season golfers can score a deal on lodging and golf packages at Sun Valley Resort. Through Sunday, June 9, one night's lodging and a round of golf runs $124 per person.
Visit sunvalley.com for more info.