Up Your Networking Game By Playing Golf and Squash

 Aside from hockey, the game of golf can be the most expensive sport to play. You have to purchase golf clubs, shoes, gloves and other golf apparel.  There are also green fees to pay. Some golf courses require you to rent a golf cart. Let’s not forget the social aspect of golf, so you may end up adding alcohol to the list of expenses.

I have played a round of golf once in my life and gone to the driving range twice.  Due to my lack of patience and abundance of frustration, I never bothered to try the sport again.  I felt I was this close to pulling a Happy Gilmore. Like all sports, it’s all about technique, but I wasn’t willing to try to learn the technique. I found golf rather boring. It amazes me even more that people can actually watch golf on television.

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I think I’ll stick to miniature golf instead.

What amazes me even more is the amount of people play who play golf. Quite a few people at work, including my boss, play golf. So there is a lot of golf talk around the office.

Golf is a Networking Sport

An ex-boyfriend of mine once told me that I should learn to how to play golf. I just gave him this weird look and asked, “WHY?!?!” He told me that the golf course is where connections are made and that it is a good place to network.

Initially I didn’t give his advice much thought, but thinking about it now, it makes perfect sense.

As I mentioned before, golf can be a rather expensive sport to play, thus people with higher incomes are likely to take up the sport.  The town I live in is considered one of the most affluent communities in Canada. Interestingly enough, it is also home to several golf courses/clubs.

There does seem to be somewhat of a link (no pun intended for all you avid golfers) between wealth and golfing.  However, that’s not to say that people with less than six-figure salaries can’t play the game either. There are both private and public courses available.

Golf Provides a Relaxed Networking Environment

According to Mike Moran, from Life on the Buy Side, “Golf is by far and away the most common sport played by anyone is the business world.”  Unlike formal business events where networking can be a little more awkward and somewhat forced, golf provides a more relaxed environment. I’m not aware of other sports in which you can drink while playing. The fact that it’s a slower paced game than most sports may help. You never hear of people making business deals on the soccer field or on the sidelines of the basketball court.

Squash is Also a Networking Sport

Although it may not be as obvious to some, but based on my observations at the gym, it seems like squash is also a business game.

For one thing, squash may be a slightly cheaper business game to play because you only have to get a squash bag, racquet, ball and a pair of squash shoes.

I have noticed a lot of men (and a few women) walk into the gym with their business suits and giant squash bags. There are several armchairs in front of the courts in which players and non-players alike can chat and watch the game in action, therefor giving ample opportunity to network and make that connection.

It’s one of those games where single players can find other players looking for a game. Sometimes I’ll see three guys playing in the same court, taking turns hitting the ball throughout the game.

Since it’s a game played indoors and can be played year round, perhaps a lot of golfers are squash players as well? And maybe vice versa.

Do you play squash or golf? If so, have you been able to make any connections from it?


7 thoughts on “Up Your Networking Game By Playing Golf and Squash

  1. I play a lot of golf and it really is great for networking. If you do a little bit of work, you can find courses that aren’t outrageously expensive to play either. Plus, you don’t have to have the most expensive, latest and greatest gear either.

    • A lot of the guys at my work and a couple of girls play golf, so there is a lot of golf talk and golf magazines in the office. However, neither me nor my partner play golf. I do see the usefulness in it, but I can’t be bothered. I would still probably get frustrated right away and give up. I guess I’ll have to find other places to network. 🙂

  2. We were just talking about squash the other day… the guy at our workout facility told us it was like racquetball, but the ball was less bouncy… so it was harder for the older, intense guys (picture short shorts, big glasses, and a headband) to embarrass you out there if you’re inexperienced! Ha!

    • Funny you mention that about the older guys. My partner plays with a lot of older guys and apparently they’re really good for their age. I’ve played squash once with my partner. It’s quite an intense workout. All that running, lunging, reaching, etc.

  3. I’ve never played golf a day in my entire life but I have seen how much it costs to play which is why I probably never will. With that said I believe with the internet and social media we can accomplish the same thing at the fraction of a price.

    • That’s a good point you made with your last statement. I guess back in the day, before the internet existed, golf was one of the major networking tools.

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