Golf is a unique game in the world of competitive sports. Every player must contend with new challenges, stay focused and calm under pressure and continue to hone their skills. Sounds a lot like business, doesn't it? The similarities between golf and business are easy to grasp, and that's just one of the reasons the game's challenges and rewards can benefit your organization. At Kiawah Island, conference guests find many advantages when they integrate golf with events. Here are five compelling reasons why this game means business:
One of golf's many virtues is that people of all ages can play. Also, thanks to the handicap system, players of all skill levels and athletic abilities can compete against each other and have fun. On the course, corporate formalities tend to diminish, creating an atmosphere or camaraderie where everyone feels at ease and ready to enjoy the golf experience together.
During those few hours on the course, you spend a relatively small amount of time actually hitting the ball. That leaves lots of time for relaxed conversation, gaining fresh perspectives and getting to know your fellow players - all without the stress and demands of everyday business. This is the time to build associations based on rapport and connection, and a great opportunity to strengthen business relationships, friendships and collaborations.
Golf has a long tradition of being a fine test of character. It's a game of discipline that rewards players with certain qualities: playing with integrity, remaining calm under pressure, thinking strategically and never losing their cool. (Again, just like business.) Playing a round not only reveals the qualities that make a good golfer, it gives you insights that help you better understand your fellow players as colleagues and business partners.
Many companies find that the spirit and values of golf help build teams and strengthen their organization. Today, with many employees working remotely, companies know that getting their team together is more important than ever. Adding golf to those meetings brings an enjoyable competitive element that encourages teams to network and socialize. Choosing a relaxing resort environment for your event increases meeting participation, rewards your team and creates an experience that everyone will value.
At Kiawah, we've been privileged to host world-class golf events and see the game's great players in action. Memorable moments include Rory McIlroy's victory at the 2012 PGA Championship and the electrifying Ryder Cup matches in 1991. It's a thrill for everyone to play The Ocean Course, relive those events and play where champions triumphed. In fact, many corporate groups recreate a Ryder Cup-style tournament, dividing into blue and red teams (U.S. vs. Europe) for an exciting event that gives everyone the experience of playing like the pros.
Kiawah Island can help you plan a golf outing to develop your business, build your team or thank your clients and employees. You'll have a choice of five championship courses:
The Ocean Course | Your group can boast about playing this world-renowned Pete Dye design ahead of the 2021 PGA Championship. It's 10 oceanside holes, panoramic views and storied past have earned this high-profile course a place on most golfer's bucket lists.
Turtle Point | Your team will find a true test of their accuracy on Jack Nicklaus' Turtle Point. They'll need to keep a sharp focus to excel on its narrow fairways, with greens surrounded by thoughtfully placed water hazards and out-of-bounds.
Osprey Point | This Tom Fazio design underwent sweeping improvements in 2014, resulting in a complete rejuvenation of the course that returned it to the gem so many golfers have enjoyed over the years. Built amid the maritime forest and four large natural ponds on the eastern side of the island, Osprey Point provides a scenic backdrop to a great test of a player's skills.
Cougar Point | Players can mix things up on Gary Player's Cougar Point with its fantastic variety of short and long par-4s, great risk/reward par-5s and extremely scenic and challenging par-3s.
Oak Point | Keep your eye on this Clyde Johnston design to re-open in Fall 2015 after an extensive six-month renovation. Improvements will include regressing the tees, fairways and greens with Paspalum Platinum, returning the greens and tees to their original sizes and shapes and recontouring all of the bunkers as well as some of the fairways.
Kiawah's premium golf experience extends to its beautiful clubhouses and talented staff of 14 PGA Certified Class A Professionals with 25 certifications between them. Add to this the support of Kiawah's dedicated conference team — all on the destination voted the #1 Island in North America by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler— and you've found a winning venue. To learn more about hosting a golf event at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, contact our Director of Group Sales Marty Couch and his team at (800) 576-1585.