Modified from an August 19, 2016 - Connecticut (http://nerej.com/section/CT)
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” – Arnold Palmer
As golf season approaches, it is time to reflect on the parallels between golf and construction.
Both require mental preparation. Some of the best golfing minds have said, golf is 80-90% mental. In this respect, golf is not unlike design and construction, where mental preparation translates into advanced planning, including detailed drawings and specifications, and the greater the emphasis on completeness before breaking ground, in other words the better the “mental preparation” the more successful the process.
Both involve simplicity and complexity. Hitting a golf ball may seem like a simple act, but it involves complex input, for example, calculating distance, taking wind into account, mastering your physical stance and balance, and transferring energy from your swing to drive the ball in the right direction for the right distance. Similarly, the simple beauty of a completed building, bridge, or other structure, does not reveal the underlying complexity of the design and construction process. As in golf, no one thing makes a system complicated. In a construction project, it’s an accumulation of thousands of small details and actions over time that form a complex system.
Experience matters in both. On the golf channel they claim that an average proficient golfer takes about 300 weekly lessons while playing at least 32 holes per week over a period of many years. When each construction project involves a unique design, tailored to meet the owner’s needs, zoning and environmental requirements, and involves unique field conditions, a depth of experience is invaluable.
Relationships matter on the green and on the job. Good business relationships depend upon experiences shared and connections forged. This happens over time in construction as companies work together successfully on projects. Shared experiences and connections are forged as well on and around the golf course as players support each other’s efforts and enjoy each other’s successes. Our mission at the Construction Institute is to promote cross-industry collaboration - on the job and during our Spring Golf Tour and Annual Golf Classic, on the course!
Combining golf and construction. Golf is a game that involves a lot of downtime, so it affords plenty of opportunity for quality conversation. Join us for the 2022 Golf Tour and the Golf Classic. The Golf Tour will take you to 5 of Connecticut’s finest courses, for an afternoon nine-hole event followed by a networking reception. This event is limited to 40 players and spots are going fast. Review the schedule and courses here. Registration is already open for the Annual Golf Classic. We will see you on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at Lyman Orchards. Not a golfer? Join us for mini-golf and dinner. This is a great event to increase your company’s visibility! Sponsor and register here.