Business Golf Etiquette

February 27, 2013

ldp-golfThe business of business golf etiquette is a delicate one. Whether you’re playing with a co-worker who is a good friend or an intimidating boss, you want to enjoy the experience while still maintaining a relaxed and professional relationship.

Invitation
Whether you extend the invitation or are the invited, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your tee time so you can get settled by checking in with the pro shop and maybe purchasing some practice balls  for yourself and your partner.

Getting to the Course
If you are doing the inviting, make sure your partner knows how to get to the course and understands any fee structures if you are requiring him to pay. If you have not been to the course before, call the pro shop and ask what clothing options are acceptable and get a rundown of amenities such as locker rooms.

Courtesy First
Be sure to extend every courtesy to your partner. Insist on buying the first round of drinks and snacks from the beverage cart. Always compliment your partner on a good shot and offer a brief consolation or none at all after a poor shot from your partner.

Benefit of the Doubt
Never question your partner’s integrity on the course. If he is blatantly cheating, let him have his way. If he is particularly slow, do not hurry him. If he offers unsolicited advice, accept it graciously.

The Bet
If your partner wants to place a wager on your round, accept it and do not get into an intense discussion about the rules of the contest. To put yourself at ease, consider it money that is being spent as an investment in strengthening a business relationship.

19th hole
If you and your partner decide to enjoy a beverage after the round, be sure to buy the first round, and be careful to not drink too much or to discuss your workplace or coworkers too much.

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Business Golf Etiquette

January 11, 2012

The business of business golf etiquette is a delicate one. Whether you’re playing with a coworker who is a good friend or an intimidating boss, you want to enjoy the experience while still maintaining a relaxed and professional relationship.

Invitation
Whether you extend the invitation or are the invited, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your tee time so you can get settled by checking in with the pro shop and maybe purchasing some practice balls  for yourself and your partner.

Getting to the Course
If you are doing the inviting, make sure your partner knows how to get to the course and understands any fee structures if you are requiring him to pay. If you have not been to the course before, call the pro shop and ask what clothing options are acceptable and get a rundown of amenities such as locker rooms.

Courtesy First
Be sure to extend every courtesy to your partner. Insist on buying the first round of drinks and snacks from the beverage cart. Always compliment your partner on a good shot and offer a brief consolation or none at all after a poor shot from your partner.

Benefit of the Doubt
Never question your partner’s integrity on the course. If he is blatantly cheating, let him have his way. If he is particularly slow, do not hurry him. If he offers unsolicited advice, accept it graciously.

The Bet
If your partner wants to place a wager on your round, accept it and do not get into an intense discussion about the rules of the contest. To put yourself at ease, consider it money that is being spent as an investment in strengthening a business relationship.

19th hole
If you and your partner decide to enjoy a beverage after the round, be sure to buy the first round, and be careful to not drink too much or to discuss your workplace or coworkers too much.

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Great Golf Quotes

December 19, 2011

Here are a few quotes on the great game of golf.

* These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow. ~ Sam Snead
* You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen.~ Lee Trevino
* I was three over. One over a house, one over a patio, and one over a swimming pool.~ George Brett
* Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to kill a tarantula. And I took a 7 to do that. ~ Jim Murray
* The only sure rule in golf is – he who has the fastest cart never has to play the bad lie.~ Mickey Mantle
* Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them. ~ Kevin Costner
* I don’t fear death, but I sure don’t like those three-footers for par. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez
* After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie f or a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez
* The ball retriever is not long enough to get my putter out of the tree. ~ Brian Weis
* Swing hard in case you hit it. ~ Dan Marino
* My favorite shots are the practice swing and the conceded putt. The rest can never be mastered. ~ Lord Robertson Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~ Jack Benny
* I’m not saying my golf game went bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they’d come up sliced. ~ Lee Trevino
* There is no similarity between golf and putting; they are two different games, one played in the air, and the other on the ground.~ Ben Hogan
* Professional golf is the only sport where, if you win 20% of the time, you’re the best ~ Jack Nicklaus
* The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf. It’s almost a law. ~ H G Wells
* If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf. ~ Bob Hope
* While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake. ~ Henny Youngman
* If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. ~ Jack Lemmon
* You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work. ~ Lee Trevino

Source: greatgamesforgolf.com


The Simple Rules of Business Golf

November 25, 2011

Golf isn’t merely a leisure sport. It’s the martini lunch of the modern workforce, the buoyant venue where business gets done.

Business gold has been described as a ‘Six-hour sales call’ or a “Relaxing networking catalyst”. According to Bill Storer, the president of Business Golf Strategies, if done properly and by following these simple rules everyone wins.

1. Pick Your Partners Wisely
This isn’t the Ryder Cup. You want to play with decision-makers, not the golfers who can shoot the lowest scores.

2. Don’t Sandbag or Tank It
It’s the most common question, Storer says: to win, or not to win. The answer is: play to your ability, fair and square. Gauge the personality of your partner and determine how intense he or she is about the game. If you decide to play a match, use the handicap system to establish even ground. An intentional “tank job” can be insulting to a potential client. But a flagrant sandbagging can be even worse.

3. Patience is a Virtue
Don’t discuss business before the 5th hole or after the 15th hole. Like golf itself, you’re in this for the long haul.

4. Play Ready Golf
Par is less important than pace of play. When Storer says that business golf is like a “six-hour sales call,” that includes post-round drinks or dinner. Six hours on the course is way too long.

5. Know Thy Partner
Storer calls this the “platinum rule.” Don’t do unto others as they would do unto you. Treat people as they want to be treated. Pay attention to the personality. If your playing partner is solemn and serious, act accordingly. The same goes if he’s a garrulous goofball. Remember: though the course isn’t a stage, you’re still performing. Just as you get to see them in an informal setting, they get to see you too.

6. Don’t Drink
Save the six-packs for weekend outings with your buddies. This is business. Storer tells the story of a sales executive who had a few too many, lost control of his cart and sent his partner from the passenger seat. The potential client soon became a hospital patient, treated for a serious head injury. Long before the bandages came off, a business relationship had been undone.

7. Focus on Results
And by results, we don’t mean score. Before the round, think about what you hope to get out of the day, outlining your goals and how you plan to meet them. It’s a vital component to business golf, as key to good performance as a pre-shot routine.

8. Play for the 20th Hole
Don’t feel like you have to have everything wrapped up by the end of the round. Sign your scorecard before you worry about signing a deal. Your first priority is making sure your playing partner has fun. Spare the formalities, unless they’re called for. Storer recommends following up afterward with a thank you letter, a souvenir or other appropriate correspondence that will get you back in front of your customer.

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Hosting Business Golf: Tips on etiquette

August 10, 2011

Here are a few tips for business golf hosts.

  1. Inquire about any time constraints before choosing a venue. Proximity may be more important than beauty of a course.
  2. When choosing foursomes, carefully consider the skill levels, compatibility and networking opportunities for the players.
  3. Pay for your guests ahead of time. Make sure everything is arranged for your guest such as lockers and meal reservations.
  4. Confirm the tee-off time.
  5. Send confirmation to guest with directions and contact information for the course.
  6. Be the cart driver.
  7. Focus on your guest, not on improving your game.
  8. Play the same tee as your guest.
  9. Invite your guest to play first at the first hole.
  10. Know enough of the client’s business or business environment

Remember the round of golf is finished after the first round of post golf drinks. Budget this into your time schedule and allow at least 30 min longer than anticipated.

If done correctly business golf hosting can open doors and create new business relationships.


Business Golf Etiquette

July 25, 2011

The business of business golf etiquette is a delicate one. Whether you’re playing with a co-worker who is a good friend or an intimidating boss, you want to enjoy the experience while still maintaining a relaxed and professional relationship.

Invitation
Whether you extend the invitation or are the invited, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before your tee time so you can get settled by checking in with the pro shop and maybe purchasing some practice balls  for yourself and your partner.

Getting to the Course
If you are doing the inviting, make sure your partner knows how to get to the course and understands any fee structures if you are requiring him to pay. If you have not been to the course before, call the pro shop and ask what clothing options are acceptable and get a rundown of amenities such as locker rooms.

Courtesy First
Be sure to extend every courtesy to your partner. Insist on buying the first round of drinks and snacks from the beverage cart. Always compliment your partner on a good shot and offer a brief consolation or none at all after a poor shot from your partner.

Benefit of the Doubt
Never question your partner’s integrity on the course. If he is blatantly cheating, let him have his way. If he is particularly slow, do not hurry him. If he offers unsolicited advice, accept it graciously.

The Bet
If your partner wants to place a wager on your round, accept it and do not get into an intense discussion about the rules of the contest. To put yourself at ease, consider it money that is being spent as an investment in strengthening a business relationship.

19th hole
If you and your partner decide to enjoy a beverage after the round, be sure to buy the first round, and be careful to not drink too much or to discuss your workplace or coworkers too much.

Source: articlesbase.com

 


How do I invest in gold ?

July 20, 2011

Here are key facts about the market and different ways to invest in the precious metal.

  • Spot markets

Large buyers and institutional investors generally buy the metal from big banks. London is the hub of the global spot gold market, with more than $33bn in trades passing through the city’s clearing system each day. To avoid cost and security risks, bullion is not usually physically moved and deals are cleared through paper transfers.

Other significant markets for physical gold are India, China, the Middle East, Singapore, Turkey, Italy and the United States.

  • Futures markets

Investors can also enter the market via futures exchanges, where people trade in contracts to buy or sell a particular commodity at a fixed price on a certain future date.

The COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange is the world’s largest gold futures market in terms of trading volume. The Tokyo Commodity exchange, popularly known as TOCOM, is the most important futures market in Asia.

China launched its first gold futures contract on January 9 2008. Several other countries, including India, Dubai and Turkey, have also launched futures exchanges.

  • Exchange-traded funds

Media coverage of high gold prices has also attracted investments into exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which issue securities backed by physical metal and allow people to gain exposure to the underlying gold prices without taking delivery of the metal itself.

Gold held in New York’s SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed ETF, rose to a record high of 1 320.436 tonnes in June 2010. The ETF’s holdings are equivalent to nearly half of global annual mine supply and are worth about $62bn at today’s prices.

Other gold ETFs include iShares COMEX Gold Trust , ETF Securities’ Gold Bullion Securities and ETFS Physical Gold, and Zurich Cantonal Bank’s Physical Gold.

  • Bars and coins

Retail investors can buy gold from metals traders selling bars and coins in specialist shops or on the internet. They pay a premium for investment products of 5% to 20% above spot prices, depending on the size of the product and the weight of demand.

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