OK … I will start by stating my position. I do not golf and have no desire to play the game. I am continually asked to reevaluate this position and always come to the same conclusion … it takes way too much time, and I don’t have any to spare! However … I do fully understand why people love the game and certainly don’t begrudge them their passion. I just think it is a personal choice and should remain a personal pastime.
Now to my beef … golf takes a lot of time, so how did it ever become a business tool? It’s the people who can afford golf, the most highly paid employees that choose to use it as a business tool. Companies pay these people a lot of money to do their jobs … what is the ROI on a day at the course?
How much does it really cost a company when their executive golf? Could the discussions not be achieved over coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks after work? A game of golf takes a minimum 4 hours (maybe 6 hours in a tournament) once you are there, plus travel time, plus post golf socializing etc.
What if the union shop stewards made the case that they would need to go golfing … to build deeper relationships? Maybe the apprentices could all go … its tough to beat 4 quality hours of undivided attention to really build a relationship! Perhaps all of the company staff could go to play in the charity golf tournament, it is such a great way to support charities (or so say golfers)!
Speaking of charity golf tournaments …just how much goes to the charities? The golf course does very well, the individuals get a vacation day, the charity gets something, but probably not as much as if the company just donated directly to the charity.
Maybe this is heresy to some … but I think the ROI on golf is very suspect!