The Best Venue For Business Golf?

by Dave Bisbee on April 1, 2011

ClubhouseDuring my long career in the game of golf I have had the good fortune to play at some magnificent courses both here in the U.S. and abroad. In fact I have played most of the courses ranked in Americas top 100. Courses that have held major championships and some that are so exclusive that few outsiders get the chance to play.

I’m not bragging I promise just setting the table for this installment of the BGG. The reason I have been privileged to play these coveted places is because many of the executives I have worked with over the years are members and use these venues to mix business and pleasure. Now I’m not saying that you need to go out and get yourself a membership at a top 100 club to be able to play the game of business golf effectively but you can certainly look to what they offer from amenities to service for examples of what are the essentials.

What Makes A Good Business Golf Venue?

The real answer to this question may not be the most obvious one but the answer is…YOU! That’s right YOU make the venue. What I mean by this is almost any venue will work if you know how to work the venue. It should be a place that you are very familiar with, and is familiar with you. After all if someone came to your office and the receptionist didn’t know who you were how would that reflect on you? Get to know the staff at your club of choice and incentivize to take care of you and your guests from the time you pull into the parking lot until you drive away.

Know your golf course. Every course has it’s own subtle design features like greens that tend to break towards (you fill in the blank), or yardages to hazards and doglegs. Better yet recruit a caddy to go along if you can.

The Devil Is In The Details

Pay attention to the details… provide a yardage book for your guests. A day locker and a bag tag will leave a good impression. Make sure you have been clear about who is picking up the tab ( it really should be you). Know your guests level of skill and try to accommodate this by playing the appropriate tees. Even though you might play the back tees your guest may be totally intimidated playing the tips. It is also a good idea to keep a couple of extra sleeves of balls in your bag just in case your playing partners lose more than they bring… trust me I’ve seen it happen.

The Round Isn’t Over On The 18th Green

A good 19th hole is also an integral part of a good business golf venue. It doesn’t need to be opulent but it does need to be comfortable and afford enough privacy to relax and converse with a cool beverage after the round. I have been in some really great ones and I’m sure you have too. Just keep your head in the game. Even though the 19th hole isn’t on the golf course you can still make a double bogey. Keep it professional and make sure you put a perfect end to a great day of business golf.

I could continue on about this topic for several more pages…and will in future articles, but you get the drift. I would love to hear some feedback and examples of what you think makes a great business golf venue, as well as some experiences good or bad that you have had in this pursuit. See you next time.    

Dave Bisbee

Dave Bisbee has been around the golf business for 30 years and brings to Biz Golf Guru his experience as both a business owner and golf professional. Dave will serve as the anchor for the Biz Golf Guru team of contributors by offering his unique insights of business golf as seen through the eyes of someone who has managed golf courses, golf companies and as a golf teaching professional.

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