The Business Golf Invitation
Spoken or written, formal or
informal unless you are planning a match with family or friends there is a lot
more to the golfing invitation then "Hey, you want slap it around next
Saturday ?" or my favorite "Balls in the Air at 7 you in ?"
The first and often forgotten
thing to know about your prospective golfing guest is what type of golfer is he
or she ? A serious 18 handicap ? A devil may care "15" who has not
lost a ball in ten years ? A five outings per year golfer that has never
broken 100 ? A scratch player that competes at a very high level ? There
is nothing wrong with asking "What's you handicap ?" The "the
fact that I can only play on days that end in y" is just a revealing as the
"I don't have a formal handicap but I would guess around 20".
Think about it, do you really want
to invite the scratch player when you know you'll be playing from the
"executive tees" ? Or worse yet do you want your five outings per year
prospect trying to reach the fairway from the championship tees ? This step may
not seem important, but be assured it is.
So once you've determined the type
of golfer and it's time to extend the invitation; Be specific with day, time and
place and type of event. By the type of event is it a tournament of some kind,
or a friendly foursome.
|If a tournament, what kind and is
anything expected of your guest. I was once invited to play in "trade
association tournament". Well in truth it was a charity tournament,
sponsored by a trade association and I was asked to cough up $500 at the gate.
granted it "wasn't required" but a quick scan of the registration
sheet let me know it was expected. Don't get me wrong charity tournaments are
great, I have played in plenty, but I had always known up front so this was quite
If a friendly foursome, who will
the others be ? Think about it.
Once the invitation is accepted it
is time to let your guest know the rest of the details.
A good place to start
is to offer directions, if they are "not needed" it does no harm to
mention that your guest should use the "Maple Ave entrance". He or she
may know where your club is having driven by the green keepers entrance on North
St a hundred times and have no idea that the "members entrance" is
around the corner. (Myself I have "accidentally" used the green keepers
entrance more than once, I just love to see "back room"
operations. How they are equipped and maintained tells a lot more about the
membership then most will ever admit.)
Let your guest know of your
club's dress code, and make it clear. You don't want to be scurrying down to
the pro shop to buy your guest a collared shirt or a pair of slacks that
don't fit because you forgot to mention no jeans.
Will a locker be available or
should your guest be come dressed to play ?
Do you have a practice range ?
Will your guest want to warm up before playing ?
How about the putting green ?
Next you want to let your guest
know what to expect when they arrive at your club.
Where is the bag drop located,
if you know the attendants names pass those along.
After leaving the clubs let
them know where
to park, even if it is obvious. A simple "you'll see the parking area
straight ahead" will do..
And last but not least where
will you meet ? The putting green ?The grill room ? The practice
range ? Where ever it is let your guest know. Even the Most seasoned
business golfer will appreciate this.
Now a few things you can do that
can put your guests arrival experience over the top.
Let the bag drop attendant
know you have a guest coming, give the attendant his or her name and any
details you can like car type and color, or brief description so your guest
will be recognized upon arrival. Leave a
little "pre-tip". Even or should I say especially in a tournament,
setting your guest up to be greeted by name will go a long way. If you feel
it's appropriate have the bag drop attendant set your guest up with a sleeve
of Titlists. There really is nothing like opening a new sleeve on the first
Now go to the grill room and
do the same thing with the steward or bartender or whomever else your guest
may encounter along the way.
Don't be the second to arrive
! Be there to greet your guest, no ifs ands or buts.
These may seem like trivial little
details but be assured if you take the time to do them by the time Mr. or Ms.
Guest meet you they will very pleased with the way they have been treated and
much more relaxed.
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