A Student of the Real Estate Game

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The Importance of Golf in Real Estate

Aug 15, 2009 | Career, Random

Most of my summer weekends are spent jet-skiing, water skiing, or lounging by the bay at my family’s beach house on the Jersey Shore. As much as I love the shore, it’s hard to give up summer weekends in New York City. I decided to stay in town this weekend and I spent the afternoon on the far west-side of Manhattan leisurely strolling the High-Line and taking in the unique architecture of the area such as the Nouvel Building, the Chelsea Modern, the Standard Hotel, Truffles, and Frank Gehry’s IAC Building.

I eventually made it over to Chelsea Piers to hit a few balls before I embarrass myself on the golf course tomorrow. For years, I’ve told myself I was going to invest the time and effort required to become a good golfer. For it’s golf, among all other sports, that remains the true hub of business networking, especially in real estate. Avid golfers will admit that the game has opened up countless opportunities. Golfers also say that the experience on the course with another person is very telling.

Almost all industry associations host regular golf outings and tournaments. The NYU Real Estate Institute periodically organizes alumni golfing events in the New York area. Given my ability, I would feel uncomfortable attending one of these valuable networking events.

Starting today, I am going to actively work to improve my game.