Use the Outdoors as a Backdrop For Your Next Meeting
Women golfers who are also executives know that a golf course is a place that is conducive for doing business. The informal but competitive experience of a round of golf sets the mood for sharing confidences, building relationships, and firming up the details of a deal without the stuffy constraints and posturing of the conference room meeting. But did you know that golfing also offers you and your organization an excellent vehicle for team building?
Playing and learning off-site, usually in beautiful surroundings, provides an environment for testing new skills, helping one another, and struggling through adversity. All these elements of golf, when shared, create bonds that extend beyond the course into the boardroom.
Golfing schools that specialize in providing training to corporate citizens have the experience to help you organize a business day-out or an off-site training for your team. A comprehensive list of golf schools organized by state is provided by Golf Link . A golf school is often associated with a golf course and provides individual and group instruction in golf fundamentals and advanced classes. For example, Corporate Golf Schools offers a 3-Day course for up to 20 participants that include instruction, swing analysis, and a business personality assessment that is used to construct golf teams during the training course. But perhaps you prefer a corporate golf school with a focus on women golfers.
Corporate Golf Services, a regional organization based in Minnesota, offers golf instruction for small groups that is tailored for women golfers. Their Golf Schools provide fast track training geared to executive women. They will work with your organization to set up local, regional and national activities.
The John Jacobs/Shelby Futch Golf Academy has a special class for business women called the Business Women’s challenge. Their classes can be set up for your group at one of these courses with which they maintain an arrangement for time and facilities: Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Hillcrest Golf Club in Sun City, Arizona or the Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club in HIlton Head, South Carolina.
A third excellent option for an off-site golf education course is the Sycuan Resort in San Diego, California. Their School of Golf Exclusively for Women has focused on women golfers for over 25 years. The School of Golf is exclusively taught by women professionals and is available for women of all ages and skill levels. Golf for Women Magazine awarded Sycuan in their prestigious “Top Fairways” list as one of the nation’s most “women-friendly” golf facilities. Their schools are staffed with LPGA and PGA Instructors. They offer small classes with individualized instruction geared to the women golfer.
If you want to set up a corporate golf event for the women in your organization, here are a few questions you should ask to make sure that the event meets your goals:
Do they have an event planner at the site whom will work with you?
What is their experience in hosting women-only events, how are they special?
Are their classes small enough for good interaction to occur and do they have women instructors available for coaching?
Do they have corporate discounts?
What other activities do they offer that support the women in your group and your training goals including meeting facilities, dining, and after-hours activities?