It’s been said that a good golfer makes a good business man or woman. Based on a survey conducted by the PGA of America, here are just some of the stats to back up that claim:
- An estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf.
- Executives who play golf bring home 17% more income on average than those who don’t.
- 54% of business professionals agree that golf is the ultimate networking sport.
Most golfers would agree that the way a person plays golf is similar to the way they conduct business. Here are five great reasons why you can grow your business on the golf course rather than in the office:
- Face Time: Where else can you spend four quality hours with your customers, clients or potential business partners? With today’s busy schedules most of us are lucky if we can get five minutes with someone! There is simply no other sport with the amount of quiet time between shots that allows for wide-ranging conversations and mutual interests to be discovered.
- Networking: One of the great things about golf is you can just show up at a club and get a game. Depending on your business you could be looking at three prospects each and every time you tee it up! Either way golf is the ultimate networking environment for all kinds of professionals and services.
- Business Intelligence: You can learn more about a person in four hours golfing than a lifetime of meetings. Not just by what they say but by how they handle themselves on the course. Do they play by the rules and control their emotions? Or do they fudge numbers and blow a fuse? Would you do business with someone that curses and swears or even throws a golf club? I know what my answer is.
- Friendships Forged: An interest in golf alone can be enough to move your friendships several notches up the corporate ladder. Best of all, the friendships built around golf tend to last a lifetime so as people move around, new opportunities will open up for you. I personally have been golfing with some of my business partners for nearly twenty years.
- The 19th Hole: After your round the restaurant at the club provides the perfect setting to take your newly enhanced relationship to the next level. Once you have satisfied your hunger you can get down to serious business.
An investment in your golf game is an investment in yourself and your business. It never hurts to take a golf lesson or buy a membership to keep your game in shape. But, If you are looking for a great way to entertain your clients or potential business partners check out our corporate partnership packages and start conducting business at one of GolfSudbury’s great facilities.