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Has conducting business on the golf course been replaced? Has the five-to-six hour round of golf become too long?

I’m seeing more and more where organizations are turning to something other than the annual golf tourney for their fundraising and networking.

They’re turning to, of all things, cornhole. If you’re unfamiliar with it, players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end.  Points are scored by bags going in the hole or staying on the platform, or board.

I first remember seeing cornhole at tailgating parties prior to sporting events.  The game has elevated its status to become almost mainstream – sort of an urban game of horseshoes, if you will.

The arguments for this as a new option for business networking events include:

  • With golf, you typically only get the chance to interact with those in your foursome. A cornhole tourney can feature both pool play and bracket championships.
  • It’s more inclusive, not limiting the participants to those who have some athletic ability.
  • It doesn’t have to be an all-day event.
  • There’s just as much opportunity for refreshments.
  • It’s something fun and different.

You never know how something as innocent as a backyard-barbeque-game might become a legitimate special event.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

1 Comment

  1. David Landis says:

    Scott: great post. In San Francisco, we do business development at the wine bar. But you knew that, right? Cheers, David

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