Golf isn't merely a leisure sport. It's the sales call of the modern workforce, the buoyant venue where business gets done. Intriguingly, a recent study found that executives who don't play golf are paid 17% less on average than those who do. Could this be because the qualities that make a good golfer—a mixture of hyper-competitiveness with strategic thinking and coolness under fire—also make for a good chief executive?
But there’s no denying that the hospitality and tourism business is relationship driven, and there’s no better way to get to know someone than a round of golf. You only spend a small portion of a four-hour game actually hitting the ball, so there is plenty of time to talk shop. And you’re going to want to have a conversation with the person trying to help you find your ball in the woods right?
On top of that, golf is a fine test of character. When you do business with people, trust is critical. Golf rewards players who remain calm under pressure, never lose their temper and think strategically. These are all virtues in business, too.
So have a thorough read of The Ten Commandments of Business Golf, and get yourself signed up for the Destination & Travel Foundation Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will take place on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the world-class Barton Creek Golf Club set in the Texas Hill Country. Team up with colleagues and friends for an early morning tee time to beat the summer heat, followed by a relaxing lunch and auction benefiting industry research and professionals through the Destination & Travel Foundation.
If you’re looking for players to team up with, tips from colleagues, or just want to poke fun at your fellow players, we have created a Facebook group for tournament players to connect prior to the event. But be sure you follow one of the Ten Commandments in the group and “Observe the Etiquette of the Game”.