Golf and business have always been intertwined. Living in Florida, all of us at LNE Consulting can’t help but notice how much golf is adored. In many ways, the golf course is as effective as any office when it comes to making a deal — and it’s a great way to inspire competition. But besides the obvious, why is golf so popular in the business world?
Well, there isn’t one specific answer, but LNE Consulting can name a few fundamental reasons.
You Dictate Your Outcome
Team sports are an effective way to work as a unit and bond, but they don’t reflect individual performance. In golf, the only person hitting the ball is you. There’s no room for excuses and your scorecard reflects how you performed individually. Golf requires initiative and composure, two traits that are valued in the office and are displayed on the golf course.
Its Low Tension
While we all have a certain competitive nature, golf is typically a relaxed and modest game. Too much competition isn’t a good atmosphere for closing deals or getting to know someone. Golf offers an atmosphere of friendly competition with low stakes. It’s a great way to get out of the office, enjoy the outdoors, and be active. While there are many activities that are “low-tension”, golf seems to be the favorite because of all the other elements it involves.
Opportunities To Network
Whether you randomly paired with a group, or you’re going out with prospective clients, golf gives you a solid few hours to get to know the members of your group. Usually by the time the round has ended you’ve either made a new friend, a connection, or a future business partner. Meeting new people, especially with similar interests, is a great way to grow your network and the golf course is a networking goldmine.
There are certainly more reasons why golf is so popular in the business world, but those seem to be the three most popular. In Hollywood, Florida, where LNE Consulting is located, golf is as popular as any sport around. Golf is not limited to only professionals, but it is certainly a large component of their lives. It’s a lot bigger than just a round of golf, business professionals will tell you that.
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