N is for New year, Networking and Now – 5 business benefits of networking

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Every business owner understands that if you want to increase your contacts, get your business known and ultimately increase your opportunities, then you’ve got to get yourself out there. But let’s face it, to most of us networking can seem like a bit of a chore – we know we should do it but we often have to drag ourselves there. This is where the South Coast Golf Tour is different. Instead of the forced environment of your everyday networking event, with the South Coast Golf Tour you get to network and build relationships all while playing a round of golf on some of the finest courses on the South Coast.

Why networking works

  1. New opportunities – networking generates higher quality leads than any other form of marketingand should definitely be a significant part of your plans for 2015. It provides the chance to meet new business contacts and potential prospects, who you may want to do business with or who have contacts that you would like to meet.
  2. Surrounding yourself with the right people – ever heard the saying ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’? While knowledge is important, surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded and driven people can do wonders for the success of your business. Networking events are one of the best places to find such people, business owners like you who are passionate about making the most out of their opportunities.
  3. Raising your profile – regularly attending networking events will increase the amount of new people you meet and therefore increase the amount of people who have heard of you and your business. Regularly attending networking events will also give you the chance to build your reputation. If you are always providing reliable and supportive advice then you will be seen as trustworthy and knowledgeable, and your business will be more highly regarded.
  4. Confidence building – confidence is important for business owners because growing your business involves communicating with other people to form connections and build relationships, which is best done face-to-face. Networking on the South Coast Golf Tour provides a casual, laidback environment to chat to like-minded people, all the while growing your confidence levels
  5. Support – networking events provide business owners with the chance to seek advice and discuss any challenges they are experiencing. If you help and support others then they are likely to reciprocate, which in turn helps to form lasting business relationships and friendships. Being a business owner can be lonely at times and regular networking can provide you with help and support from positive, confident and successful people.
Join the South Coast Golf Tour and see where it will take you in 2015. Get involved – contact us now on 08453 628543 or info@sc-golf.co.uk.

Should The South Coast Golf Tour go to Kiawah Island?

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On his latest adventure, South Coast Golf Tour Director Dave Fluke has been stateside to South Carolina, USA where he was lucky enough to play on the famous Ocean Course at none other than The Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Having played host to some of the biggest championships in the world and many golfing legends, it is one of the most renowned courses in the world. Built to expose golfers to the area’s strong winds, the sheer amount of slopes and bunkers mean that this course is hugely challenging even for elite golfers…So would it prove too much for our very own Dave? Here he weighs up the pros and cons of bringing The South Coast Golf Tour to Kiawah Island. Pros
  • Famous Championships – this course has hosted both 2012 PGA and the 2007 Senior PGA championships, making it one of only four courses to have hosted each of the PGA of America’s major Championships.  It really is where the best of the best have played.
  • Huge variety – the course measures a 7320 yards off the back tee and is just out of this world. It challenges you both mentally and physically; every hole being so different from the last. With rough and marshland everywhere it is certainly a testing round of golf, not to mention the incredibly strong winds, oh, and a few gators along the way.
  • Stunning views – the course landscapes and the sea views across the Atlantic Ocean are simply breathtaking, with 10 holes right alongside the sea – you can even sunbathe next to the 18th green.
  • Tip top customer service – from arrival to departure the customer service is second to none. I was treated like a champion – it was as if I were Rory Mcllroy, 2012 PGA Champion. I could get used to that!
Cons
  • It’s a very long way to go…
Find out where the South Coast Golf Tour could take you by calling 0845 362 8543 or via info@sc-golf.co.uk

2014 Tour Championship Final at East Sussex National – A Fitting Finish to a Fantastic Year

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On the 10th October the finale to this year’s South Coast Golf Tour Championship finally arrived and it certainly lived up to every expectation we had for a great end to another fantastic year on the tour. Golfers at Tour Championship FinalFollowing a buzzing 6th round at Mannings Heath, the stunning East Sussex National Golf Course and Hotel was a perfect finish to such a great and varied course line-up. The West Course, which measures over 6200 yards, was no match for our superb event winner Ian Mackendrick from Towry. He took it all in his stride and delivered a great round. Congratulations also to Kevin Murphy from Kevin Murphy Garden Design, who only missed out as the event winner on the last 9 count back. An impressive 96 Stableford points led Adam Westwood, British Army, Keir McCarthy from HRS Recruitment Force, Stuart Jones from Westminster Property Services and Steve Jeffery from SJD Mechanical Services to the team prize. Meanwhile Steve Maton from 5 Rings Telecom was nearest the pin and Mark Hynes from Wealth Strategies was our best guest – great to have you with us Mark! Dominating our charity competitions was Peter Raynsford from 5 Rings Telecom, not only winning the hugely popular putting contest but also correctly guessing the Clear Computing “Lost Ball Charity Sweepstake” – and promptly donated his £70 winnings back to dizzy: support for diabetes – thanks for being such a good sport, Peter. Finishing the round just in the nick of time before the thunderstorms really hit, it was time to crown the Order of Merit Winner of the 2014 season, which this year went to Ian MacKendrick, who was 4 points clear of runner-up Steve Maton. Congratulations Ian, great job. Well done to Peter Raynsford who is this year’s Charity putting Order of Merit winner, and a big thanks to Barny Hall at Clear Computing for sponsoring and providing wonderful trophies and winners shields throughout the season. But the day didn’t finish there; the fun was only just beginning. It was time for everyone to get on their glad rags for the Tour Final Party with great food, great company and some interesting shapes being thrown on the dance floor. Another successful year on this networking tour was marked by celebrating old and new friendships and fruitful business relationships in an evening full of laughter and enjoyment. We can’t wait to see what next year will bring! Take a look at where the 2014 tour took us and find out more about securing your place on next year’s tour by contacting us on 0845 362 8543  or via info@southcoastbusinessgolf.co.uk.   Charity winner Tour Championship Final Winner

The Penultimate Round – Mannings Heath

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We thought that Round 5’s scorching day at Gatton Manor would be a tough act to follow but the 2014 Tour momentum was running high at Mannings Heath Golf Club last Friday, making the penultimate round another day to remember. Mannings Heath This Horsham hot spot provided an exciting course where the 72 par combination of heathland, downland and parkland proved quite a challenge for our players. The testing waterfall course winner was Geoff Raynsford from 5 Rings Telecom, with an impressive 40 points, closely followed by runner-up Jason Harfield from Orion Lightning Protection, who certainly gave him a run for his money. Current tour championship leader, Charlie Eve from Carpenter Box, couldn’t quite keep up with the pace of the winners in this round but showed why he is Mr Consistent and currently leading the Order of Merit. View the Order of Merit results to see the top 10 Players from Round 6. With 101 Stableford points, Geoff Raynsford, Charlie Eve, Derek Steele from Jacobs Steel Estate Agents and Steve Hollamby from Bennett Griffin made up the winning team and they really showed the rest how it’s done. Kevin Murphy from Kevin Murphy Garden Design also picked up a prize for being nearest the Pin. As always it is great to see new faces on the tour and congratulations to Nigel Coppen from Vantage Insurance for being our 1st place guest. The Clear Computing charity putting competition, which raises money for dizzy:Support for Diabetes, is always a highlight, and the Round 6 winner was Steve Hollamby with just 16 putts. Well done to Lost Ball Count winner Charlie Eve, who kindly donated the £107 prize money to dizzy:support for diabetes. And a big thank you to SJA International who were our ‘prize sponsor’ and helped to make the day such a success. We have loved every minute of the 2014 South Coast Golf Tour so far but the best is still to come. We can’t wait for the Championship Final and Tour Final Party on the 10th October 2014 at the stunning East Sussex National Golf Club and Hotel. If you haven’t done so yet, book your place now and join us in celebrating the fantastic business relationships we have built on the golf course this year. For more information contact us on 0845 362 8543 or via info@sc-golf.co.uk

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