I suspect that many of you have been told that golf is a great way to network, and it definitely is. An average game is about four hours, in which you will have a lot of face time with your fellow players and opportunity to get to know people. In addition, it’s a great way to enjoy some fresh air and time out of the office.
I know that many women who have never golfed before are intimidated by the game. Don’t be! All it takes is a bit of knowledge about the basics and some practice. In my experience, even new golfers are welcomed on the course and other players go out of their way to be courteous.
Though we are an organization primarily made up of women, the vast majority of players in the annual Lawyers Club Golf Tournament have been men. In 2013, in an effort to encourage more women to play, the golf tournament committee came up with the great idea to schedule golf lessons for Lawyers Club members. The lessons were at Riverwalk Golf Club, and there were weekly group lessons during the four weeks leading up to the tournament. The lessons were a big hit, and many of the participants ended up playing in that year’s tournament. For some, it was the start of their path toward being regular golfers.
I was part of the first group that participated in the lessons in 2013 and I had a great time and connected with so many people. The lessons were geared for beginners. The first lesson actually began with how to hold a golf club; it was that basic. The instructors really strived to make us feel comfortable.
Each lesson was the same format: after giving a brief lesson about some golf fundamentals, the instructors would demonstrate the techniques and then put us into groups of three or four. We took turns hitting the balls with the instructors circulating around giving pointers. There was a lot of opportunity to hit balls and get helpful hints from the instructors. When it wasn’t your turn at the mat, there was time to visit and get to know the other participants. After each lesson, there was a fun happy hour hosted by one of our sponsors.
Though I signed up for the lessons with two other women from my own firm, we met so many new people. We hooked up with one woman who was new to town and the four of us ended up playing in the tournament together that year. We had a blast! The connections I made with some of the people at those lessons in 2013 have continued to this day.
If you have been wanting to learn more about the great game of golf and to give it a try, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the group golf lessons that will begin on May 23rd at Riverwalk Golf Club. And, if you find you like it, sign up for the 26th annual Lawyers Club Golf Tournament, to be held on June 29th at Riverwalk.
Anne Rudolph is a shareholder at Hughes and Pizzuto, specializing in trust and probate administration and related litigation.