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Seize the Moment: Golf’s Unbreakable Connection with Business

Seize the Moment: Golf’s Unbreakable Connection with Business

What do you and an executive of a Fortune 100 company have in common? An unwavering passion for the game of golf. 

It’s no secret that golf is the game of choice for people of power around the world, from presidents to high-ranking CEOs. However, as many deals that are made on the golf course, countless more are lost due what transpires during the round. 

With that said, here’s a breakdown of what to do, and what not to do, when your business life clashes with your golf life.


Make a Lasting First Impression 

Should you find yourself sharing a cart with a colleague or potential business partner for the first time, set the tone early that everyone in your group is going to have a great time on the course with you. This is how they’ll always remember you by.

Keep it Professional at All Times

Sportsmanship, courtesy, honesty, and integrity make up the universal language we all speak as golfers. Ensure that these aren’t lost in translation by coming across as overly confident to your playing partners. This includes any pre-round bragging or playful trash talk. Keep it professional and cordial, just like you would at the office.

Keep the Conversation Light

After a long and stressful day at work, the last thing you want to do is keep thinking about your job. This is especially true on the golf course. For many, the fairways and greens are a means to escape from the day-to-day pressures of professional life. Do your best to keep it that way.

Furthermore, steer clear of any topic that could be even the slightest bit inflammatory. There’s a time and place for those conversations, and the golf course doesn’t have to be one of them.

Alcohol with a Splash of Business – Not Always a Good Mix

The round is just not going well, and all you can think about is getting your hands on a delicious, ice-cold beer. Yes, it could potentially lighten the mood (and likely improve your score), but before cracking one open, be sure to gain a sense of the person(s) you are paired with.

Without asking outright, gauge whether or not they would be open to enjoying an adult beverage during the round. If so, insist on buying. Furthermore, it always looks good to give the cart girl a dollar or two extra, on top of what you would normally tip. 

The Golden Rule: Help Everyone Have Fun – No Matter What

Whether you’re playing the round of your life or are suffering from an embarrassing case of “the rights,” try not to show too much emotion either way. 

Remember, you’re all on the golf course to have fun - the Green Jacket or FedExCup is not on the line, but your reputation is. Always be engaging and have fun regardless of the numbers that fill your scorecard.



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