by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2007

Before golfing with clients for the first time, brush up on these tips on golf etiquette from Suzanne Woo, speaker and the founder of BizGolf Dynamics (

Don’t rush it. Wait for a cue from your playing partner before discussing business. If he doesn’t bring it up, focus on building the relationship. In general, wait until the 6th or 7th hole, and stop talking business by the 13th or 14th hole.

Play to win. Play your game to the best of your ability. As long as you behave graciously, it won’t matter whether you win or lose.

Be courteous. During the day’s play, don’t drink alcohol excessively, use foul language or tell inappropriate jokes. And don’t answer phone calls in the middle of a game.