Golf and Business

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There are many great combinations in Michigan sports; such as hot dogs and baseball, Trammel and Whitaker, Izzo and Cleaves.

In many circles, golf and business are also used synonymously, and for good reason.

Golf’s logistics puts current or potential business associates in close proximity for several hours, typically in a fun and relaxed environment. It’s also a sport with business characteristics like structure, strategy, etiquette, and tradition.

Golf Business magazine publisher Joe Rice told me a few months ago he’s always trying to get his own son and other young people involved in the game as early as possible because it’s a fun, wholesome activity. You also can reap business benefits in life, as well. “I tell him running cross country and playing soccer are nice, but it’s not very likely that’s something you’ll end up doing with your boss, or your clients,” Rice said.

Rice and I couldn’t agree more. My own daughter is a high school senior ready to head off to college. I haven’t pushed golf hard on her, but have provided her with clubs, a couple professional lessons, and an open invitation to play. If she’s heard me say it once she heard it a few dozen times, “as a young woman you have to learn golf. You don’t have to be a great player, but at least enjoy it and play decently with a good attitude, because it will get you further ahead in the business world someday. That might not sound fair, but it’s true.”

Most of the readers at this site also want to get further ahead in the business world. Now, I’m not promising that this new golf blog will help you succeed at that goal, but who knows? Along the way we’ll discover tips for better scoring, ideas on places to play, how others like us mix golf and business – and many other topics.

Hit ’em straight.

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