Dress Codes

It is recognised that the implementation of an effective “Dress Code” is very difficult: people, of course, tend to have different ideas as to what may be appropriate or acceptable. Whilst a good standard of dress is basically insisted upon for entry to our Club, it is acknowledged that it is impractical to strictly regulate many areas because our Club does have a diversity of facilities and a layout which tends to throw together people dressed for different activities. Bearing this in mind, the restrictions set out in these Bye-laws have been kept to a minimum.
 
However, The Chairman’s Bar, The Restaurant and The Lounge are areas where a superior standard of dress (and decorum) are expected, and these are the focus of the more stringent rules, compared to other Food and Beverage outlets and some other facilities.
 
This is not to say that “anything goes” elsewhere. Notwithstanding that ours is a sports club, Members who have been exercising and are perspiring, wearing minimal clothing, etc should show deference to other Club users. Sitting or remaining at length in the bars or congregating in foyers in such condition does not show the consideration expected for the comfort and convenience of others. Remember, clothing which becomes sweaty during exercise or sports activities will be deemed to be “soiled”. Whenever possible, do not enter lifts in such condition - use the stairs.
 
Please be considerate, and adopt (and ensure your Guests adopt) appropriate etiquette for the area you are in. Styles may change, but good manners are always in fashion.
 
Ladies are not specifically mentioned, and whilst their range of acceptable dress styles is far broader, they are expected to comply with comparable standards set out for men. 
 
To assist Members to comply with the dress code, and so not to restrict their enjoyment of facilities, appropriate shirts for temporary use are usually available at the Chairman’s Bar and the Restaurant.
 
Please also note that some other Bye-laws relating to various facilities may contain specific dress codes.
 
General
 
  • Persons must observe an appropriate standard of dress when entering the main Clubhouse, subject only to the exception set out in Bye-law 1.(b).
  • Persons may enter the main Clubhouse (or the Sportsman’s Bar) in soiled sports clothing immediately after exercise outside the Club Premises or on the Pitches, but must remove studded or soiled footwear.
  • At all other times, persons must wear footwear when entering the Club and, with the exception of activities where no footwear is appropriate, persons must always wear footwear whilst on Club Premises.
  • Children of 11 years of age and over shall comply with dress requirements set out for adults in these Bye-laws. Younger children must, however, always be appropriately attired.
 
The Chairman’s Bar
 
  • The minimum standard of dress in the Chairman’s Bar shall be smart casual at all times.
  • Full shoes, or sandals with socks (excluding flip flops, thongs and similar casual footwear), are required for men at all times.
  • Appropriate shorts for men may be worn until 8:00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
  • Hats and other headwear are not permitted for men unless comprising recognised national, ethnic or religious costume and which are not normally removed in semi-formal social situations.
  • Collarless T-shirts are not permitted for men.
  • Tracksuits, shellsuits and tattered or soiled clothing are not permitted.
 
The Lounge
 
  • After 9:30 p.m., the dress code shall be the same as for the Chairman’s Bar, but without the restriction set out in Bye-law 2.(e).
  • Soiled clothing, and sleeveless shirts or singlets for men, are not permitted at any time.
 
The Restaurant
 
  • On weekdays, and after 4:00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays, the dress code shall be the same as for the Chairman’s Bar (with the exception of Bye-law 2.(c)).
  • Shorts for men are not permitted on weekdays or after 4:00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays (unless permitted for specific functions by Management).
  • Soiled clothing, and sleeveless shirts or singlets for men, are not permitted at any time.
 
The Coffee Shop
 
  • Soiled clothing, and sleeveless shirts or singlets for men, are not permitted at any time.
 
The Library, The Snooker Room and The Club Shop
 
  • Soiled clothing, and sleeveless shirts or singlets for men, are not permitted at any time.
 
The Swimming Pool Complex and The Sauna and Steam Centre
 
  • The minimum dress requirement at all times for all persons in the Swimming Pool Complex shall be appropriate swimwear. Babies must wear swimwear or nappies/diapers in the Swimming Pool Complex, but leakproof swimwear (not nappies/diapers) must be worn by babies using the pools. Babies’ nappies/diapers must not be changed on tables.
  • Persons only in swimwear are not allowed into any part of the Club Premises other than the Swimming Pool Complex, the Changing Rooms and the Sauna and Steam Centre.
  • (i) Subject to paragraph (ii), appropriate swimwear is the minimum required dress in the Sauna and Steam Centre when available for use by both sexes. 
  • (ii) Towels only, may be worn; however, the manner in which they are worn must take account of the sensibilities of others.
 
The Family Lounge
 
  • Soiled clothing, and sleeveless shirts or singlets for men are not permitted at any time. 
 
Raceboxes
 
  • The minimum dress requirements for the Raceboxes must accord with the Hong Kong Jockey Club requirements as published from time to time.
 
National Costume, etc
 
  • Notwithstanding any restrictions set out in these Bye-laws, recognised national, ethnic or religious costume shall be acceptable at all times unless specifically mentioned.
 
Powers and Discretion
 
  • Management or a senior member of Staff on duty has the authority to:-
  • (i) exercise discretion in the strict implementation of these Bye-laws on a case by case basis;
  • (ii) exclude any person, who in their opinion is not appropriately attired, from any area of the Club Premises; and
  • (iii) vary the dress code requirements for any facility at any time on a case by case basis.