It’s a trope so classic it’s almost cliché—if not for being so fun. What is it about networking that goes so well with golf? It seems like a random combination, but if you’re anything like me, the answer to this question might make you wonder why it was ever asked in the first place.
To quote Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make people happy! Golfing is a social sport by nature. The exercise you gain from it allows your brain to destress, let go of anxiety, and send out some smiles. When you’re relaxed, it’s way easier to make connections with the people in your group. The tension of sterile, white walls and fluorescent lights melts away when you’re under the sun putting around with new friends.
In the same vein, golfing takes time, which helps people to bond with one another. Through the highs and lows of the game, the group can part ways having experienced something exciting together, which strengthens your relationship. Even if you don’t win, you can look back and appreciate particular shots or tricky holes. As a matter of fact, engaging in competition causes the brain to release dopamine, another happy-hormone. You might associate that good feeling you had during the game with the person you played with, making for an even more successful networking-sesh.
Golf is also a low-impact sport, which means it’s easy on the joints. So, almost anybody of any age or athletic ability can play golf and network without a problem. That same opportunity might not be possible if, say, networking was paired with football or boxing. As an added bonus, players can choose to use a cart if walking around the course isn’t their bag.
These three benefits all add up to one final advantage: humanizing the face of your business. In the modern, corporate world, it’s so important to continue making connections with each other and participate in the community. This perk goes both ways as your business builds relationships with other local companies. It would surely be harder to do that without an opportunity to meet other leaders and like-minded individuals who show up with the same goal: to help one another advance.
With all this in mind, I have to ask you, why haven’t you joined our Tales of Two Cities—Charity Golf Tournament to benefit New Hope for Kids yet? In this annual event, the City and Chamber of Maitland will be competing against the City and Chamber of Casselberry to win back the trophy which was won last year by only five strokes! It’s on March 5th by the way. You’re free that day, trust me; I checked your calendar. The price for an individual golfer is $65 and for a foursome is $260. Come out, make connections, and have a little fun while benefiting a great cause.