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Golf Lesson No. 1: Turf Advantage

When it comes to cutting business deals, not all golf courses are created equal. Experts say some greens have a reputation for being very green indeed--they're the hot spots that industry moguls and high-level executives choose for closing important business deals. William Hallberg, a Golf Digest course evaluator and author of The Rub of the Green (Ballantine Books), suggests you consider the plentiful business opportunities at the nation's five most high-powered courses:

  • Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland. This is the course of choice for politicians and deal makers from the nation's capitol.
  • Olympic Club, San Francisco. Local business executives enjoy its beautiful views and excellent club house and restaurant.
  • New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans. This is a favorite among this region's oldest families and wealthiest residents.
  • Bethpage State Park Golf Course (Black), Bethpage, New York. High-rollers from the city flock to the area's most magnificent golf course.
  • Bel Air Country Club, Los Angeles. This is the place to be seen for movie industry execs and business heavyweights.

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This article was originally published in the June 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Tee Time.

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