Women: Participate in Business Golf Now!

Here in Houston, there are a plethora of year-round business opportunities for golfers. Every Monday, for example, there are countless charity events at public and private facilities all over town. Men greatly outnumber women at these events, and it is time for this to change! Think about entering the wonderful world of golf…you will be glad you did!

Please do not fret about the fear and intimidation that many of us experience as we begin our journey into the game of golf. All of us who play have “been there, done that” as we began to learn about the game and develop the skills needed to play the game. Isn’t this the same for any new hobby or endeavor we want to tackle? Be realistic and patient.
Most important? Let’s rid ourselves of the number of untruths  out there about playing golf,  especially the biggest one of all — that everyone who plays this game does so at a high level.  Not true!  With this being said, there are a few things to evaluate so there will be a positive level of comfort when playing in business golf environments:
• Can you hit the ball about 100 yards off the tee?
• Can you hit a shot about 75 yards on the fairway?
• Can you hit out of a bunker?
• Can you strategize to reach a green when you are within 50 yards of the flagstick?
• Can you three putt most greens?
• Do you have golf etiquette and golf rules knowledge?
If you answered these questions with positive responses, do think about joining in on all the fun…now!  
If you aren’t quite there, allow an LPGA trained professional  to help you with your skill development and knowledge base about playing. You will enjoy the experience of learning and the transition into playing will be easier! 
A round of golf offers an opportunity to build a personal relationship with business clients or colleagues by spending four to five hours in a relaxed setting with people who otherwise can be difficult to reach.
Golf and business have become inseparable for many business executives and many believe playing golf is a good way to make new business contacts. Many also believe the way a person plays golf is very similar to how he/she conducts business affairs:
• The practices in golf usually parallel those in business.
• Golf gives you time to get to know a person’s true character.
• Golf is an ethical game.
• Golf and business demonstrate the same level of competitiveness.
Golf is a game that combines physical skill with mental stamina. To succeed in this sport, you will want to develop confidence in your playing ability and your place on the golf course. Doing this isn’t any different than applying the discipline needed to succeed in business. However, this game is steeped in tradition. The social skills you exhibit can be just as important as the physical skills you develop. Knowledge of the basic rules of golf and an understanding of appropriate social behavior and etiquette are essential.  
Understanding the following will help you to become a knowledgeable, courteous and enjoyable fellow competitor.
• The Invitation
• Dollars and Sense
• Arrival at the facility
• On the First Tee
• Order, Pace and Safety 
• The Tee, Fairway and Green
• In the Woods and Water 
• Cart Etiquette
• Appropriate Attire 
• Corporate Golf Games
• Terminology
You do not need to be a “great golfer” to combine business and pleasure on the golf course. Be a “great person” to golf with and you, as well as your fellow corporate golfers, will enjoy playing this great game!
LPGA Master Professional Deb Vangellow teaches people to play golf at Riverbend Country Club in Houston. Among other distinctions, Vangellow is the 2012 LPGA National Teacher Of The Year and LPGA and Golf Digest Woman “Top 50” Teacher.