Golf Etiquette Tips for Business Professionals
Traditionally, when golfing casually, proper golf etiquette gets ignored quite a bit, getting replaced by language, manners and behavior that can be seen as crude and inappropriate when golfing with business clients or superiors.
With that being said, here’s a quick rundown on golf etiquette tips during professional business meetings:
Get There Early
Whether you were invited or you were the person who extended the invitation to golf, you should always get there with plenty of time to spare. Get to the course at least a half hour prior to your tee time. This gives you time to check in at the Pro Shop and possibly purchase practice balls for you and your guests.
Be Overly Courteous
When golfing with a client, be sure to extend every possible courtesy from purchasing practice balls to insisting on buying the first round of drinks or snacks. When you’re on the course, make an effort to compliment nice shots, and be generous with “mulligans” and “gimmies” throughout the round.
Bite Your Tongue
This may come as a shocker, but some golfers have a nasty habit of shaving strokes from time to time. When golfing with business professionals or clients, if you notice that your partner is blatantly cheating, go ahead and turn a blind eye to the situation. As difficult as it might be, do not question his/her integrity.
Don’t Dilly Dally
During this type of golf outing, don’t waste your time searching for lost golf balls…unless of course you are searching for the ball of your client or boss. Other tips to keep the pace of play prompt is to have your next club ready and to take initiative and tend the flag (if you’re not away).
Watch Your Words
Occasionally during casual golf, some choice words get shouted after errant shots. In a business setting, be sure to keep the language clean. However, if your client or boss is letting the expletives fly, feel free to join in the fun from time to time.
Let the Client Win
While you should never deliberately throw a round, don’t let your ego get in the way of a good business decision. There are several discreet ways to help ensure your partner wins, such as mulligans, generous “gimmies”, and rushing your own putts.
The Wigwam plays host to countless important rounds of “business meetings” on our 3 Championship golf courses throughout the year. Take the initiative and book a tee time for you and your client (or prospective client) at the Wigwam.