In just about any industry where interpersonal relationships matter, (and, really, in what industry don't they matter?) golf can be an extremely effective networking tool. It has long been said, "it's not what you know, but who you know," and simply put, a golf course is a great place to get to know someone. Even if you don’t play a full round or just nine holes, you are guaranteed at least a couple hours with those in your golf group. Golf is a game that involves a lot of downtime so it affords plenty of opportunity for quality conversation. Take advantage!