Oh golf dates. They’re sound like a good idea at first but can easily fall apart! There are a few key do’s and don’ts to setting up the perfect golf date, trust me, it’s not easy.

First the do’s since those are easier to follow:

  • Do ask if your date would even like to go in the first place – this seems obvious but if you have to force somebody out on the course, they’re never going to have a good time.
  • Do pick the right course – none of this 7200 yards from the tips stuff. Pick a course that’s intended to be fun to play. An executive, a ‘tweener course or just something close by that’s a fun, quick round.
  • Do encourage and compliment your date’s game – but be careful not to lay it on too thick. If your date tops one 25 yards directly into the creek, don’t say, “Nice shot babe, almost.” They’ll know you’re pandering and will take it as an insult.

Now for the don’ts:

  • Don’t over teach – this is the ultimate bad move! Of course if your date asks for a pointer you can help out, but don’t get crazy. Nobody wants to be told what to do and you’re really just out there to have fun. Give a tip and if it doesn’t work out for them right away, make sure they know this game is tough and it takes time and practice…and not to worry about bad shots.
  • Don’t let an ounce of anger creep on the course – save the club slamming and f-bombs for another day. Actually, lose it altogether, but certainly don’t do it on a date! Keep it light, keep it fun and your date will have a great time. And don’t, under any circumstances, show frustration at your date if they’re not playing well or taking long. That’s an immediate fight!
  • Don’t walk the first time out – let’s be honest, the cart is one of the most fun parts. Let your date drive if they want and get the cart loaded up with everything you’ll need: snacks, drinks, extra tees, extra balls, some music if it’s OK at your course. The idea is to make the cart a safe, comfortable place for you both, especially when other players are around. It’ll make your date feel more at ease.

Just remember to focus on having fun. This is the time when you’re trying to get them hooked on the game so that they’ll come back out with you another time. A bad first experience can thwart a golf career before it even gets started.

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