What Golf Can Teach You About Life

For many, golf is more than a sport or a pastime; it’s practice for life, a place to learn lessons useful in all aspects of business, relationships, and navigating the adult world. There is a reason many successful people play golf – it teaches a number of important life lessons. Some of these include:

  • Patience: Golf is often derided by non-fans as a slow, boring sport. However, this pacing means golfers learn to be patient on the course, which later feeds into all aspects of life. The golfer must not only think about and visualize every shot, but allow their competitors or companions time to do the same.
  • Problem Solving: A golfer must visualize his shot and account for every factor that might influence that shot. Wind speed and direction, topography, landscape features, humidity, precipitation; these all have an effect on the path of a golf ball.

When the hole is on the other side of a stand of trees or the ball falls into a sand trap, the player must calculate the best course of action. There are an infinite number of ways the ball can be hit, but only a few will have the best results. By learning to solve problems encountered on the course, a golfer becomes better at solving problems in all aspects of life.

  • Learning to Adapt: Once the ball is hit, a golfer can’t change its trajectory or influence where it will land. It is required to move forward and make the best of the situation. In golf, as in life, anger and frustration occur, but getting back in the game is most important. A bad shot can’t be changed, but what can be changed is how the player moves forward after a poor swing. Learn from mistakes, and use them in a positive way.
  • Staying Calm: The potential frustrations in golf are endless. Whether from a poorly hit ball or an unexpected gust of wind, a golfer faces obstacles throughout the course of his game. Learning to handle those calmly, to see the affects and what is needed overcome them, is important not only for golf but for life as well.
  • Practice: As in every sport, the path to improvement is through consistent practice. Golfers must continually look for flaws in their game and practice repeatedly until those flaws are corrected. Persistence and continual practice are lessons that translate well from golf to life.
  • Integrity: Most people who follow golf are aware of the story of Bobby Jones’ integrity. He was tied with another golfer, and as he was setting up to swing, his club tapped the ball. No one but Bobby saw the ball move, and all of the officials as well as his opponent told him so. But Bobby Jones, knowing that he had caused the ball to move, called the obligatory one stroke penalty on himself.

Golf remains a sport in which honor and integrity can make a difference in the outcome of the game, and fair play and good sportsmanship are valued highly. Having integrity in all of life will not only set you apart from most, but leads to respect and success.

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Use Confidence to Enhance Your Golf Skills

In the words of Howie Day in his song Collide, “Even the best fall down sometimes, even the wrong words seem to rhyme.”  This saying applies to the game of golf quite well. The best get frustrated at times and feel like giving in to their negative feelings, yet they don’t. This is what makes them the best. It is important to remember this and not let your confidence waver on the course.

Confidence is just as important as proper swing and having the right golf clubs. It is what makes or breaks you on the course and defines you as a golfer. Golf professionals have gotten to where they are because they have confidence. Over time, they have learned to shut out negativity and only focus on the positive. They are able to learn from their mistakes and control frustrations, and as a result, they come out on top.

What are some ways to build confidence that will enhance your golf skills in the process? Here are a couple of tips:

Let Go of Bad Shots: Don’t stress out over poor shots. This will only lead to frustration and a destruction of confidence. Let go of the past, even if that was five minutes ago, and focus on the future. A small trick is focusing on something else after a bad shot. Look at the sky or the scenery; anything that will distract you from the current situation.

Visualize Your Shot: Visualization is important and often leads to success. By focusing on where you want the ball to go, your aim won’t be far behind. Imagine a successful result and set your mind it. Confidence will build as you visualize positive results and begin to achieve them.

Focus on Your Strengths: As with anything, it is better to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. Concentrate on what you did well rather than where you failed. By continuing to think about how you did poorly, you will continue to do poorly. Focus on what you did well, grow confident, and your golf score will begin to improve.

Be Your Own Competitor: Compete against yourself and not against other golfers. If you compare yourself to others, you are missing the bigger picture! Look at improvements in your own game and how far you have come. Compare your golf score at this time last year to now, two years ago until now, even from last week until now! Confidence will come from realizing and acknowledging this progress.

Don’t forget to control your nerves, take deep, breaths, and avoid rushing into shots. Keep in mind that the game of golf is supposed to be fun and that no one was born a perfect golfer. Other sports capitalize on natural ability, but golf is a game of skill, dedication, and patience. The best started at the bottom, just like you, and gradually grew to become successful golfers. If you keep working on your confidence, success will follow.

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10 Easy Tips for Proper Banquet Etiquette

Since many of us don’t attend elegant banquets frequently, the thought of behaving properly in such a situation can be intimidating. However, with a bit of planning, you can become thoroughly prepared to meet the expectations of any formal banquet in Los Angeles. If you are preparing to attend a sophisticated affair, remember the following tips to avoid making a faux pas.

Your Physical Presentation

Although you may primarily be focused on deciding what to wear to a formal event, it is also important to consider how you will handle yourself once you arrive at the banquet. For instance, remember the following rules:

  • Elbows off the table during dinner. During the meal, it is absolutely true that your elbows should stay off the table, but once your plate has been cleared, it is permissible to rest them there.
  • Resist the urge to fidget. Even if you have to wait a while for the food to come, control the urge to drum your fingers on the table or to jiggle your knee.
  • Be mindful of your posture. Don’t worry about staying ramrod straight for the whole evening, but avoid slouching or leaning back in your chair.

Time to Eat!

Once the meal is served, the following rules will help you politely enjoy your dinner:

  • Cut your food slowly. Cut off only one or two bites of food at a time – unless you are helping a child.
  • Have a plan for dealing with unfamiliar food. If you encounter a dish that you don’t recognize, there are two options. You can either observe how other guests eat the dish or you can ask the waiter how it should be eaten.
  • Avoid using your fingers. Although some dishes should be eaten with your fingers, most should be consumed using utensils. Use a knife to control difficult food rather than using your hands.

Interacting With Other Guests

Even if you are a social butterfly, it’s smart to have a strategic plan for dealing with other guests.

  • Use your manners. Being polite may seem like an obvious requirement at a formal engagement, but some practices are often neglected. Say “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me,” for instance, and cough or sneeze into a napkin.
  • Introduce people to one another. If you realize that someone at the table doesn’t know anyone, take the time to introduce him or her to your acquaintances. This will make the evening more pleasant and comfortable for everyone.
  • Engage in small talk. In most circumstances, you should keep up the conversation without turning to polarizing topics, such as religion or politics. If small talk is a challenge for you, think about a few topics that could be pulled out if the conversation lags.
  • Don’t use your phone. Your focus should be on the people you are dining with – not those that can be reached through your phone. Leave your phone off and enjoy the company of the people in your presence.

By following these guidelines, you will avoid many common mistakes guests sometimes make at banquets. Even if you’re worried about maintaining proper manners, don’t forget to relax and have fun!

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How to Plan a Corporate Golf Event


If you are looking into holding a corporate event for your company, you have likely stumbled across the idea of a golf outing. Corporate golf events are one of the most popular choices for companies looking to connect with their employees, clients, and board members, and rightly so. A golf event allows you to raise money, network with different people, and entertain and reward groups of people all at the same time.

Where Do I Start?

Much like hosting a charity golf tournament, a great deal of time, effort, and planning goes into holding a corporate golf event. You will want to start by developing a team of people you believe can effectively help you plan and prepare for all areas of the event. If possible, you want to develop a well-rounded group of people with different talents and abilities. Specific roles and duties should be assigned, with the understanding that things will change as the process moves along.

As a group, your first task will be to develop a clear understanding of the events mission, purpose, and goals. This doesn’t have to be as time consuming and painstaking as developing a corporate mission statement, but it should get everyone on the same page and make sure the end goal is clearly understood.

Choosing a Course Partner

Ideally you will already have a list of golf courses in mind before starting the process, but now is the ideal time to nail down a venue for your corporate golf event. Be careful about what course you choose, because golfers often associate particular things with different courses. You want to choose a course that will work in your financial budget and also provide a quality experience. Be sure to put everything in writing when developing a contract with your course partner. Remember to include things like dates and tee times, number of spots available, total breakdown of costs, penalties, weather restrictions, etc.

Pick a Tournament Format

Once you have the logistics squared away, you will want to choose the type of tournament format your golf event will be following. The most popular is the “scramble” format.

The scramble is ideal for corporate events because it allows groups of four to all hit and then choose one ball location to hit from on the next shot. This format is great for networking because it keeps the entire group close together for the entire golf outing. The group then enters their score against the scores of the other foursomes from the day. Winners are usually rewarded with some sort of cash or donation prize.

The Prizes

The awards and prizes are your chance to market your corporate brand or company products. Reach out to the community and get donations to help fund these prizes. Popular awards for corporate golf events include longest drive, closest to the pin, and lowest score.

A tremendous amount of detail goes into planning a corporate golf event, and following these simple steps can help get you started. If you have built a good team of people around you, you will be more likely to remember all the details and host an event that everyone will remember for years to come!

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Improve Your Driving Distance With These Great Tips

Whether you are an expert golfer or simply an amateur enthusiast, improving your driving skills is a continual art. Even if you’ve been golfing for years, sometimes the most basic tips can make a big difference in your driving distance. If you’re trying to improve your driving distance, think about these tips next time you visit the golf course at your country club.

1. Focus on Ball Contact

How your club connects with the ball is one of the most important factors in your driving distance. Don’t squander your great stance and perfect swing by hitting the ball with a closed clubface trying to get more roll! Open and closed clubfaces won’t consistently achieve longer distances. Instead, practice hitting the ball with a square clubface in order to lengthen your driving distance and improve your consistency.

2. Make a Triangle

Before you even begin hitting balls, you can work on correcting your stance for driving. Jim McLean recommends thinking about a triangle when you set up your stance. That triangle is formed by your arms in connection with your chest. As you take a swing, your goal should be to preserve that triangle for as long as possible. The idea is that imagining a tangible shape like a triangle allows you to develop a more repeatable swing.

3. Streamline Your Swing Path

Your swing path has a huge impact on your driving distance. If you swing from outside-to-in, you’ll lose distance because you’ll create a sidespin when you make contact with the ball. Instead, work on coming from the inside as you swing in order to produce a top-spin. With a top-spin, the ball will roll for as much as an extra 30 yards after it hits the ground.

4.  Faster ball speed

Ball speed is crucial if you want to gain a longer driving distance, and faster ball speed is the most important factor to achieve this. Try to increase your speed through the ball, accelerating your club head through contact increases compression to the ball, forcing the ball to travel farther. However, don’t expect to increase your driving distance by simply swinging as fast as possible. The speed of your swing is also influenced by how you turn, the path of your swing, and how your club strikes the ball.

5. Improve Your Backswing

A wider, bigger backswing is another important component for achieving a greater driving distance. Take time to stretch and work on your flexibility before you work on your driving distance, because you need to be able to reach the full height of your backswing. Strengthening your core can also improve your backswing because it allows you to twist,  turn and rotate down more efficiently. When you’re ready to practice your backswing, focus on twisting your torso in order to allow your arms to freely extend into your backswing.

Throughout your time on the golf course, make sure to keep your body relaxed. If you tense up, you won’t be able to achieve the flexibility and strength that is necessary for improving your driving distance. If you’re still having problems with achieving a longer drive after practicing these tips, you might consider getting private lessons from one of the golf experts at your country club.

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Friendly Hills Women’s Golf Association Meeting Day

Tuesday, December 17th

Friendly Hills Women’s Golf Association Meeting Day

Christmas Boutique

8:30AM Shotgun

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Breakfast with Santa


Saturday, December 14th Breakfast with Santa


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Holiday Lunch Buffet with Carolers

Join us for a Holiday Lunch Buffet with Carolers

11:30AM – 2PM

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Upper Dining Creations – December the 12th & 13th

Join us December the 12th & 13th

Sun Dried Tomato & Brussel Sprout Risotto

with Maine Diver Scallops & Vegetable Nage – $27

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Host a Holiday Banquet at Friendly Hills Country Club

The holiday season is upon us once again and for many people that means hosting parties and banquets. Although many people would prefer to host their holiday gatherings in their home, the fact of the matter is that for groups of a certain size, it is far easier and more enjoyable to host your gatherings at a banquet facility like the one at Friendly Hills Country Club.

Why Choose a Banquet Hall at Friendly Hills Country Club?

If you are throwing a party or other gathering this holiday season, you should consider choosing the Friendly Hills Country Club banquet facility as your venue. For parties and gatherings that will have many people in attendance, a banquet facility is the way to go because it can hold more people than a private home.

Additionally, a banquet facility like the one at Friendly Hills Country Club comes complete with a catering staff that prepares and serves all the food (in a safe manner) and will also handle the cleanup. Furthermore, the event planning staff at Friendly Hills Country Club can handle the décor and lighting so that your next holiday gathering or party has the exact atmosphere that you desire.

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The Benefits of Hosting Holiday Gatherings at Friendly Hills Country Club

There are many benefits to hosting your next party or holiday gathering at the banquet facility at Friendly Hills Country Club. Here is a quick overview of the many benefits to choosing us for your next holiday party or gathering:

  • The expert catering staff at the Friendly Hills Country Club can pull off any menu with ease and flavor. From continental breakfast buffets to formal plated dinners, our caterers ensure that you get a delicious meal that has been prepared in a health code compliant kitchen.
  • Choosing to host your party or event at the banquet facility at Friendly Hills Country Club takes most of the hard work out of your event. Our event planning staff will help bring your vision to life with decorations and lighting. Additionally, we will set up and tear down all of the tables, chairs, and dance spaces for you. As an added bonus, clean-up is always our responsibility!
  • Hosting a party or event at the banquet facility at Friendly Hills Country Club provides you with an endlessly customizable venue. While hosting parties in private homes or office buildings means that there will be natural limitations placed on the types of party that you can host, working with a banquet facility like the one at Friendly Hills Country Club means that you can make your holiday gathering or party into whatever you want it to be.

As we get closer to the holiday season, many people will be planning holiday gatherings or parties. Whether you are hoping for a small and sedate brunch or an extravagant dance party in the evening, the banquet facility at Friendly Hills Country Club has what you will need to plan a great holiday party. If you are interested in more information, please get in touch! Happy Holidays!

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