Let me set the stage: I do not golf. I run, and play tennis, and will play soccer when forced to, but I do not golf. So when a fellow Magnet member and friend asked me to join a golf foursome at last year’s Magnet golf outing, I politely declined. However, this friend is quite persistent and convinced me that it would be a great way to meet new people, learn some golf and get some sun on a Friday. So I signed up.
We arrived at Bridges Golf Course around 11:30 a.m., and it was a beautiful day. With coffee in hand, we registered and chatted with the gentleman from the Little Green Pencil who created a live scoring system via texting that we could use to track the other foursomes.
With a shotgun start (which means that everyone starts on a different hole) we were off at 12:30 p.m. Thanks to my patient foursome, they were very forgiving with my driving (I’m just terrible) and they were impressed with my putting (I sank a 20-foot putt on the eighth hole!).
At every other hole, we had a surprise waiting for us to sip and nosh on. Food Fight restaurants featured a drink and appetizer to refuel all of the golfers. We indulged in margaritas, Old Fashioneds, chips and salsa, and even apple pie at one hole. We talked work and even talked through some challenges we were experiencing, as well as best practices. Outside perspective is always helpful.
Not only did I get to know my foursome well, but I also met many new people as they caught up with us (I’m also a slow golfer) and afterward at the clubhouse and the Karben4 after party.
At the end of the day, my winter skin was sun kissed, my network expanded and my golf game…stayed terrible. But, if you’re looking for a judgment-free zone to try golf, meet new people and take a Friday off work, this is a great opportunity.
The Eighth Annual Magnet Golf Outing is Friday, June 13th. Members get special pricing (sign up to be a Magnet member here). If you sign up before May 17th, you’ll also receive an early bird discount.
This year’s event is expected to sell out, so sign up today!