Golf is more than just a leisurely sport. It makes for the perfect setting to conduct business.
The best part about business golf is that you don’t necessarily have to be an experienced professional.
In business golf, it’s all about doing your research, being patient, and having the best golf clubs.
Whether you are hosting an event or have been invited to play business golf for the first time, there is some preparation involved and key tips you should follow while on the course.
This is especially important if you are hosting a business golf event but also just as crucial if you have been invited.
As a host, you must arrive at least one hour prior to your tee time. You will want to pay for your guest’s green fees to ensure all is sorted for their arrival.
As a guest, you should arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your tee time. This will give you time to get your golf shoes on and converse with your playing partners.
Whether you are the host or guest, make sure everything is organized beforehand, that way you can make the best first impression possible.
No one wants to look like an amateur on the course. If this is your first time golfing, make sure you familiarize yourself with the rules, etiquette, and lingo. Maybe even practice hitting a few balls at a local course or driving range.
Stay aware as you play and sense how your partner is doing things. If he or she is worried about keeping up with the group ahead of you, make sure you do the same. Don’t be an inconvenience and take too long.
If you are a woman playing business golf, don’t be intimidated by this male-dominated sport.
Anyone can play the game and get a successful deal.
Dress the part
Golfing attire is iconic in the game. There are so many useful accessories and stylish pieces of clothing.
It wouldn’t hurt to invest in some nice gear, especially if it will make you feel better about your skills.
In business golf, looking the part is most definitely an advantage.
Use The Right Equipment
Your golf equipment says a lot about what kind of golfer you are.
If you own your own clubs, you are obviously a regular. If you’ve never played a day in your life and you purchase a set of clubs, make sure you chat with a local golf pro to get properly fitted. This is also recommended for mid and low handicappers
If you rent gear, you may not be interested in putting your best foot forward. Make sure you do your research and know what all the gear is designed for.
Choose the Right Course and Facilities
As a host, you will want to choose a course that suits your guest’s skill level.
If they are beginners, don’t choose a difficult course filled with trees, bunkers and water holes. Pick a course that has a reputation for being relatively easy. If the guest is high profile, you will want to choose a course that is in pristine condition with a good reputation.
The facilities are just as important as the golf course itself.
Midway through the course or after the 18th hole, you may want to grab a drink or bite to eat to keep the conversation going. This is a great way to reflect on the game and finalize any business you may have left to discuss.
Pick Strategic Partners
Depending on the size of your event make sure you are divided in a way that one person from each business is represented within a pair or four-ball.
This guarantees that you have time to chat with the right person and get to know more about where they stand.
Use Your Time Wisely
One of the key tips in conversing with someone at business golf is to never bring up a serious conversation right away. You want to gradually ease into things without being pushy. A good rule of thumb is to wait until your guest brings it up.
Even if it’s business golf, you have to remember to have fun!
Keep the conversation light and throw in a joke or two. This will take the pressure off and allow you to enjoy the game.