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Do Business on the Golf Course: Business Golf Etiquette

Updated on March 9, 2017

Golf Balls

Many golf balls
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How Not to Mulligan your Business Golf Game

Business and golf seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Doing business on the golf course brings deals for those who do it right, but its fraught with perils for those who don't understand the etiquette.

There are two kinds of etiquette for you to remember: typical golf etiquette and then, the special etiquette that accompanies business golf.

This page gives some helpful tips for combining business and golf. Play the business golf etiquette game correctly, and you may enjoy career or business advancement. Play poorly and it's a mulligan all round.

You will also find some golf humor, some helpful golfing links and a bit of shopping.

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Etiquette Tips for Doing Business on the Golf Course

You need business etiquette plus golf etiqutte

1. First, if you lose your cool when your game is bad, stay off the "business" green altogether. You will not make a good business impression.

2. Be sure you know the rules of good golf etiquette. Your host will not be impressed if you make a bad impression at his/her country club or offend golfing buddies.

3. No cheating in any way. This is not the way to build trust.

However, if you could use a little or a lot of help with your golf swing, consider taking a few lessons.

4. When unsure about a rule, discuss it with your golf opponent. Abide by whatever is decided. Demonstrate your trustworthiness and show that you are a person who keeps your word.

5. Spend your time on the links building relationships. Avoid talking deals until the 19th hole. Business talk during the game should be of a casual nature. Business talk should not occur before the 5th hole or after the 15th hole.

6. No cell phones or beepers on the course.

7. Dress appropriately in attire that will take you from the links to the clubhouse. Denims, sleeveless shirts and short shorts are not acceptable.

8. In business golf, invite your guest to play first at the first hole. At other holes, the person with the lowest hole score in the preceding round tees first.

9. If invited to play business golf, offer to pay green fees, cart rental, etc. If you have invited someone to play, be prepared to cover the costs.

10. If you drink alcohol, drink only if the host offers, and have no more than two.

11. Prepare a handicap card and be honest about your handicap.

12. Play the best game you can. Playing badly to "let the other person win" can be perceived as insulting and will damage your credibility.

13. If your opponent prefers to walk rather than use a cart, you will walk also. When using a cart, join your opponent on the green when he gets out to play or to look for a ball.

14. If playing in Asia, be prepared to bet. In other countries, abide by local customs. If wagering, keep the bets at a friendly level.

15. When planning to do business on the golf course,Arrive early to get organized and to practice before tee time.

16. Avoid whining, swearing,making excuses and giving unsolicited advice.

17. Identify business goals. If you are the host, invite the people who can make decisions. Doing business on the golf course blends business and golf. Having a goal is as important.

Ready? Fore!

Golf Course

Golf Course with Players
Golf Course with Players | Source

Overheard on the Fairway

Golf Things to Ponder

"Nice lag" = "lousy putt" and "Tough Break" = "Way to miss an easy one, sucker."

Why don't they make green balls? They'd be so much easier to find on in the sandtraps.

The difference between "put" and "putt". The first means to place something where you want it. The second represents a vain attempt do do the same thing.

If a good course is one where you play to your handicap or better and a bad course is one where you struggle to break 100, why are there so many bad courses?

Why is is that no successive swings are ever the same except when you hit consecutive shots out of bounds?

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      anonymous 

      2 years ago

      Here in Cambodia, a lot of business is done on the course but knowledge of rules might be lacking in this country.

      http://cambodiagolftoday.com/

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great golf lens... I've made another Golf lens too. Please kindly comment:

      best golf rangefinders 2012

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @InnaTsv: Thank you! Golf is a great game. I am a duffer but I love it.

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      kangkapit 

      6 years ago

      Good Tips...I think your tools are very important too, beside your tips

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      kangkapit 

      6 years ago

      Good Tips...I think your tools are very important too, beside your tips

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      Odyssey Putters

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @InnaTsv: Thanks for visiting.

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      InnaTsv 

      6 years ago

      I've never played golf - and to tell you the truth, i was reading this lens with my mouth open - what a great game and what an amazing combination of business and entertainment!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @jdwheeler: Amen to that.

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      jdwheeler 

      6 years ago

      Many a deals have been sealed on the links. What a great place to enjoy the outdoors. I wish my office was out there everyday!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for that! You are so right -- biz and golf can go together.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I actually got a promotion of the back of playing a round of golf so i fully understand how business can be conducted on a golf course.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      Nice work--blessed by a Squid Angel who files in this neighborhood!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Awesome lense! very informative. If you like Golf video games, you should check out World Golf Tour. It is a free online simulator game in HD that requires no download. They have a massive online community. Check it out for free...http://www.squidoo.com/freegolfgame

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      Oh my ... my hubby IS conducting business as we speak ... this morning on the golf course. It is a rite of passage and necessity. He has definitely scored the big one conducting business on the golf course.

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      dmeadows 

      9 years ago

      Nice lens, I’m a golf beginner and have been looking for some good information on the game of golf and perhaps some good Golf Sporting Goods equipment.

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      GHouse 

      9 years ago

      Hi, Nice Lens. When you get ready. Come and play golf at Hua Hin Golf Courses. Number one golf resort in Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach.

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      GHouse 

      9 years ago

      Hi, Nice Lens. When you get ready. Come and play golf at Hua Hin Golf Courses. Number one golf resort in Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach.

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      Joan4 

      10 years ago

      Great business advice - in fact, it's great golf etiquette, business or not!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Congratulations on a great lens. If you want to play golf every day without paying greenfees, find the article on my lens, Does Timeshare Work? This is a must read! You won't regret it.

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      CliveAnderson LM 

      11 years ago

      A very interesting and informative lens. Seems a lot of thought has gone into it's creation. 5 stars... Clive Anderson.

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