Maintaining And Establishing Relationships On The Golf Course
To outsiders, golf can seem like a very lonely sport. Even when you are playing with a group, everyone scatters out after their drives to their individual shots. But, perhaps surprisingly, women golfers find they form lasting relationships—both on and off the course—because of the sport.
In fact, many women enjoy golf simply for the social aspect. Where else can you spend two to four hours (or more) of your day outside playing a game you love with friends and family? In addition, if you have the time, you get to sit around with refreshing beverages after the round and recap the highlights and lowlights, bonding over the drive that split the fairway or the putt that went all the way around but then lipped out.
Golf affords women the chance to spend quality time with their families. With families increasingly stuck inside with TVs, video games, and computers, golf gives the family a reason to unplug and get outside. With no technological interference, families can actually have conversations with each other on the golf course. A family dinner is nice to have, but a meal usually only lasts an hour. Families can spend four hours together if they play 18 holes. As families grow busier and more rushed because of schedules packed with meetings and extracurriculars, it’s nice to take a few hours to slow down and enjoy a nice round of golf together.
Friends, co-workers, and neighbors are also great companions on the golf course. Tell them you’d like to get to the course more often and see if they are willing to join you. You may be surprised to learn that some of them have played in the past. It’s more typical for women than men to stop playing golf at some point. Unlike men, who don’t mind picking up the clubs after any length of hiatus, women are sometimes too embarrassed to hit the course if they haven’t played in a few years. Trying to balance a career and raising the children sometimes leaves women with little time to head to the course. But that’s even more reason for women to band together and play a round. Give yourselves a day off and tee it up together. Launching the ball down the fairway can be great stress relief, too. If a friend or neighbor used to golf or is interested in starting, persuade her to join you at the course or on the range.
Some of the best golf relationships result from just hanging out at the course. The women who are just as passionate about the game as you are will probably be hanging out there, too. Look into the women’s leagues or any Ladies’ Day events your local course may host. If you can’t commit to league play, sign up as a sub. You’ll still get to play on a regular basis, and you’ll meet new people each time out. You will form a group of regular playing partners before you know it.
National and local golf associations, such as the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), also provide excellent opportunities for women golfers to meet up. EWGA has chapters across the country that offer league play, tournaments, educational seminars, and networking, volunteer, and socializing opportunities.
Whether you play with your family, friends, or strangers, golf allows you to get to know all kinds of people. You may have to play your own ball on the course, but that doesn’t mean you have to play alone.