Who Urban Golfs?: Profile of a Typical Swinger

An overVIEW of whose playing lesser golf (complete with shameless caption wording to show off my new ball graphics)

An article in the Chronicle Herald came out todayon urban golf (it was a very good piece which I will comment on later).  I did want to send props to my best golfing buddy Beau “BBRoskeworth” Cleeton whose name didn’t make the interview (as it was done on an hour’s notice).  He was the first friend to take up the game with me and together we have nurtured it into the game it is becoming.  Props to Beau he deserves every bit of credit for spreading the game as I do.

Back to the game…

When we tell people about this little past time of ours they usually asks who plays with us.  Many people think that it would be students (who number in the 10’s of thousands in our downtown core) but it has rarely been undergrads students who have joined us though we have had a number of Master’s and PhD students.  Other people think it would be grass bags (of both types) this is also true.  However the profile of the contemporary urban golfer looks like so:

Usually mid to late 20’s (although our crew rolls from 18 to about 50 years of age)

Entrepreneurial (most of our crew are self-employed, own small businesses or are in the process of side hustles to their regular jobs that they hope to make their primary income)

Creative sorts: lots of graphic designers, photographers, planners, architects, writers, journalist, an artist in residence, people who work in the environmental field or performing arts (models, actors, dancers and singers), lawyers,  a medical doctor and a polar bear hunter.

Most have not seriously golfed before in anyway whether on grass or the concrete links

Well educated : almost everyone we roll with has at least one degree, many have more

Reasonably successful:  Our ranks include a former Minister on the Status of Women, Minister on Environment, Natural Resources and Land Use, one of Nova Scotia’s top 20 under 20, the Founder of an International NGO, the local Curator of TEDx (www.TED.com), published authors, 3 people who has addressed United Nations bodies and emerging political leaders.

Leaders in Social Media : this is a consequence of organizing games on Twitter I think so it is naturally correlative but it has added a lot to dimensions and ease of gameplay

The result of these sort of people hanging out with lots of time means that people have begun collaborating in the daytime hours.  I am helping one swinger get organized with his NGO, others have talked about setting up a barbershop quartet and people are going to be brought on board for TEDxHalifax from this group.

I understand why people say that “more business is done on the golf course than in the Board room”: you get to know people beyond the facade of business, to socialize with them to build deeper relationships through common endeavour and connection building… better than business is that community is built one connection at a time.

See you on the links.

Peace: P

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