Posted by Liz Taylor Aug 12, 2011
If you’re a golfer you already know that August is a prime time to hit the course. Whether you’re playing in a charitable tournament, trying to win a prospect’s business, casually hitting balls with colleagues, or entertaining a client, you want to ensure your golf etiquette is on par (pun intended). This is a prime opportunity to build relationships and enhance rapport.
To help you master the softer side of your golf game, here are our 14 top tips to score points on the golf course:
1.) Recommended golf attire for men: Clean golf shoes, nice shorts or pants, belt and a golf shirt. Recommended golf attire for ladies: Clean golf shoes, golf skirt or shorts that are appropriate in length and loose fitting, golf shirt.
2.) Demonstrate courtesy and sportsmanship at all times. Avoid swearing and club-throwing.
3.) Leave your cell phone in the car. Many golf clubs have implemented a “no cell phone” policy as it’s disruptive to others.
4.) If you are riding in a golf cart, drive carefully, keep away from hazards and greens, keep off the grass as much as possible and abide by the “cart path only” rules.
5.) Players should play at a good pace. It is your job to keep up with the group in front of you. If your group is taking their time and the team behind you is quickly approaching, let the group behind you play ahead.
6.) Never talk, move around or make unnecessary noise as someone is hitting their ball.
7.) While on the green, make sure your shoes aren’t making marks.
8.) As common sense as this sounds, make sure that no one is standing near you while you are hitting the ball. If you have players in front of you, wait until they are (at least) out of range.
9.) If your ball is headed toward another player, give them a warning by yelling out, “fore”!
10.) Never stand or cast a shadow in someone else’s putting line.
11.) If you can’t find your ball, don’t look for it for several minutes. Sweep the area for a quick minute and if you can’t find it, play a new ball and move on.
12.) Before leaving a bunker (sand trap), carefully rake the foot prints and smooth over all holes created.
13.) Repair any divots in the fairway and ball marks on the green.
14.) Have fun! Golf is a phenomenal business sport and many deals have been signed over 18 holes. It is meant to be a fun, relationship-building event. Always do your best to keep a positive attitude and respect all players.
Enjoy your next round of golf this summer!
“How refreshing and timely. From the texting generation to the baby boomers—the art of etiquette is sadly disappearing. Whether you just need a touch-up or a full immersion, Liz, is the person to teach you the skills to appear confident, elegant and professional in any business situation. Her energetic and engaging style will make this one of the most enjoyable seminars you have ever taken! Liz is awesome!”
—Chuck Bokar, Principal, Design Resource Center
“Absolutely superb! Liz has an amazing knack for presenting her concepts in a thought-provoking and clear style. Her ideas and suggestions would enhance anyone's ability to bridge the gap between business and etiquette. She clearly has a deep understanding of not only the topic, but the thought processes that go into creating better interpersonal relationships out of socially awkward situations. I highly recommend her and her coursework...she will help your business!”
—Brad Guck, District Manager, Administaff
“Liz, Thank you so much for coming to Indianapolis to help us grow our skills as professionals and as people. Your presentation helped us address issues with grace, candor, sensitivity – as well as fun! You were fabulous!”
—Betsy Hamlett, Director of Sales for Kenra, Ltd.