Business Golf Outing Do's and Don'ts

Part of the Golf Rules & Etiquette For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Golf outings are an increasingly popular way of conducting business while having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes people invited to these outings don't know the rules for conducting themselves on the course. To avoid an embarrassing situation — or even on that could harm potential business — be aware of these business golf outing rules:

Do:

  • Respect the course you are playing and leave it in as good shape as you found it — or better.

  • Act like a guest and adhere to all rules and regulations of the venue.

  • Buy something from the pro shop as a gesture of support for the pro.

  • Thank the staff and whoever else has taken care of you that day.

  • Keep bad language and a fierce temper in check.

  • Write a thank-you note to your host.

Don't:

  • Use an out-of-date handicap, especially if yours is higher than it should be.

  • Play slowly. Outing golf can take forever as it is, so do what you can to speed things along.

  • Show up late.

  • Drink too much.

  • Keep playing if you are out of a hole.

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