Skip to main content
Beedie School of Business › Marketing

Natalie playing golf.

Natalie  shares how to network during golf events.  This article was originally published on "Experience Beedie" on September 25, 2014.

In early September, I got the chance to attend the 14th annual Camp Goodtimes Charity Golf Classic on behalf of Ryan Beedie and the Beedie Foundation. Camp Goodtimes is a summer camp hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society and is designed for children and teens with cancer and their families. The golf tournament raises money for Camp Goodtimes and was held at the Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver. I found it so inspirational to see top executives from all sorts of companies come together for such a worthy cause.

In preparation for the tournament, I knew I had a number of things to do in order to represent the Beedie Foundation well. This was my first full 18-hole golf game, so I took the advice from a number of people to make sure I was ready. Here are my top five tips on how to make the most of your networking golf event: 

  1. Practice before you go – Go to the driving range before the tournament and work on your swing. You do not need to be the best golfer to make a good impression. There is no need to apologize for mistakes, be confident regardless of your skill level just like you would in a business scenario.
  2. Research golf etiquette – It is important to understand the rules and traditions of the sport. For example, if your group is holding up another group, it is good etiquette to let the faster group go ahead of you.
  3. Learn the lingo – Like any sport, golf has special jargon specific to the game. Learn some of the key terms and when to use them. It might even be in your best interest to read up on the past week’s highlights to know what is going on in the golf world. You never know when this information could come up in conversation.
  4. Dress the part – Be sure to know what is appropriate to wear on the course. Just as if you were going to a standard networking event it is important to respect the dress code. This can go beyond the golf course and can give people a positive first impression of you. 
  5. Enjoy yourself – Do not forget to enjoy your day! Golf is supposed to be fun. Think of it as networking with the added bonus of a beautiful course and a fun game to accompany it. 

Now that I have experienced my first networking golf game, I feel more confident for future golf tournament events. I learnt a great deal about the game of golf and how it plays a role in the business world. Some people say that the best business relationships are built on the golf course. At the end of the day, being prepared pays off both on and off the fairway. 

Beyond the Blog

Natalie is in her fourth year at the Beedie School of Business pursuing a BBA with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resource Management. 
visibility  48
Nov 23, 2014

You Might Like These... Networking, Professional Development

Peeriodical: Harness the Power of Networking at SFU

In today’s competitive job market, no matter what field or industry you are in, the key to discovering the hidden job market is through networking.  It’s all about “who knows you”.  Networking involves mutually connecting and building a relationship with others at a personal and professional level as sources of information and support.

Working on campus
The 10 Minute Commute – Resources and Useful Information for Working on Campus

Have you ever thought about working in a place that you are familiar with?  Perhaps a Tim Horton’s close by? For many students the idea of working at SFU might be a great option, if you prefer a 10 minute jaunt to work after class or an opportunity to learn more about how a university operates.

a flatlay of a person using an ipad to browse images
Can Blogging Help You Land a Job?

Some job seekers looking for possible ways to edge out competition are using weblogs (or blogs) to create and maintain a positive online presence. Blogging might help you land a job – but before you open a blog, we offer some information about blogging and a few tips on what you can do if blogging intimidates you.

You Might Like These... Personal Development

Join Co-op: Your Future Self Will Thank You

Have you found yourself thinking about joining the co-op program but aren’t yet sure if it’s worth your time or the best bang for your buck? Let Jaclyn help you get off that fence and convince you why the co-op program is worth your while. 

Pat Chaisang standing in front of SAP's sign
Five Easy Hacks to Excel at your Co-op!

When it comes to an experience of a lifetime like an internship, the one question we ask ourselves over and over again is “how do I make the most out of this experience?” In this blog, I would like to share with you five game-changing strategies that you can start implementing at work!

A group of students sitting around a desk with laptops
How to Leverage Linked-In to Make Connections and Gain Experience

In university, it is important for students to initiate connections with individuals around them to make the best of their opportunities. However, networking is hard and is not taught as a skill.  Networking is something that must be practiced to be perfected. Luckily, there are tools that make it easier for individuals to connect with others, which leads to greater opportunities in their careers.