Keep it friendly, Keep it happy!
Some of you may have guessed by now that I enjoy a game of golf since picking up the sport as a business hobby last year. I’m not very good at it, I play off a 28 handicap on a good day and on a bad day I even struggle to hit the ball. That doesn’t mean that I get annoyed when playing a round of golf with people though.
I was playing at Mentmore yesterday afternoon with two clients and an associate when we noticed on a nearby tee three business men teeing off. The first two men teeing off we didn’t realise notice or pay any attention to, when the third guy played his shot we simply couldn’t help but notice. Not because he played a bad shot, because we call play bad shots, but because he threw his club at his bag, shouted out calling himself an effing c word, then picked his club back up and rammed it into his golf bag. His playing partners continued to walk ahead of him to continue their game.
You can’t help but realise that these other two gentlemen were really not enjoying their game, because the company was obviously appalling and I bet they were counting the holes until the game was over and they could go into the clubhouse.
One of my clients turned to me and said “That’s way I really enjoy playing golf with you, you don’t take it too seriously and you never get angry if you play a bad shot”. This to me was a fantastic compliment, but also makes perfect sense. If you are out socialising with suppliers, customers, prospects or associates you are there to enjoy each others company. In this instance the golf is just a means to by with them, and if you play well or bad that isn’t important. What is important is that you enjoy each others company, and they want to come out with you again.
If you are someone who throws a paddy each time you make a bad shot in golf then perhaps you should pack the golf clubs away and try something else, because very soon you’ll have no-one to play golf with.