Teeing off together

Golf is not just a sport to be played on acres of undulating green but is also touted as the crown jewel of business networking, enjoyed by power brokers and Presidents alike

With an aim to take the golfing camaraderie on the course to the next level, Indur Hirani, South India head of Rishi Narain Golf Management, in association with a City hotel, conceived of an evening centred around the live screening of the British Open on giant screens. The event was accompanied by golf-related contests and mini-games of skill.
All togged up in their spiffy best, Bangalore’s golf enthusiasts gathered to watch the world’s most important golf event. The British Open, live on screens. “Although such a dinner has been staged in Delhi on several occasions, this is the first time we are bringing it to Bangalore. In order to make an evening of wining and dining more golf-related, we have conceived of a theme event that not only centres around the sport but also allows newcomers to try their skill and develop a feel of the game,” said Hirani.

The entertainment options were many. For those who were glued to the on-screen action, there were different viewing areas where they could relax and watch the live telecast on giant screens of the oldest golfing tournament in the world. People also enjoyed taking turns at the indoor electronic golf simulator game during which contestants hits real balls with real clubs and competed in a ‘closest to pin contest’ while they picked up golfing tips by well-known KGA Golf Course instructor Gaurav Diwan.
The ladies, on their part, thronged to the artificial putting course, where they were first given brief golfing lessons in putting by a lady instructor.

There were several attractive prizes to be won and the competing went on well into the evening. Golfers with a gaming penchant also tried their hand at the Nintendo Wii golf game, which was prominently displayed.

“Golf is a multi-faceted game. Besides being out there amid nature, there is the constant challenge and humility of play, the creativity to dig yourself out of a bad hole and the bonding with buddies over flubbed shots. As far as the networking aspect goes, there is the potential of getting to know people, with the goal of doing business together.
After all, we golfers believe that 18 holes of golf will teach you more about someone than 18 years of business dealings,” said Ramesh, an avid golfer.

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