Golf And Real Estate Are A Lot Alike

Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executive Midwest

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

Driving home from a listing appointment the other day in Lemont’s Ruffled Feathers subdivision I got to thinking about how Real Estate is much like a game of golf . The professionals hone their craft every day whether it’s a golfer getting up early to hit buckets of balls or a Realtor being in the office early and learning what the Real Estate Market looks like that day because the markets are always moving.

A pro golfer has to know how to play in all types of different climates, hot, rainy, windy and sometimes very cold conditions.  A Realtor has to know how to sell in different markets whether it be the fast moving markets we experienced in 2003 for the distressed markets in 2009.

What golf club a pro chooses for an approach shot today may be different than what he chooses for the same shot tomorrow.  What marketing pieces I used last month may and often are different than what I will use this month.

A good golfer makes adjustments when need be and Realtors need to make adjustments as well. Whatever the adjustments are just be sure to get out there and start swinging, it’s a good life.

Comments (41)

Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Lyn- Too busy to play today but maybe next week, are you going to join me?

Linda- Only if you promise to me my caddy so I can pick your brain with all of your knowledge. 

Gloria - You would definietly get peoples attention.

Anthony- Or right into my golf bag. 

Melissa- You are a short sale expert how can you not have patience for golf?

Connie- I'm terrible at golf but I love it anyway.  Hope your husbands family is doing better. 

Joy- Thank you.   It won't be my fault if they hit the links more than the office. 

Tammie- It couldn't hurt.

May 13, 2012 09:10 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Joe..... haven't seen you for a while.....I think you've been spending all your time on the golf course!!!!

May 13, 2012 09:29 AM
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

No Barb, between Lisa buying me a Kindle at Christmas and dealing with the loss of my Dad, I just felt today was the day to get back in the saddle.  What a nice welcome back gift with the gold star. 

May 13, 2012 09:42 AM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Joe, I love what Ron Barnes said in comment #4:

"With golf, you can't turn a Pinto into a Ferrari. No matter how hard I practice I'm never gonna' play in the PGA tour.

However, anyone with the interest, motivation, ethics, desire, work ethic, and so on can become a good Realtor."


May 13, 2012 10:47 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Welcome Back, Joe. It's a Great Life! Your analogy with golf and real estate in right on the money. Things can change in a hurry in this industry as well as on the golf course.

May 13, 2012 12:22 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

What a great analogy..  Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad and glad to see you back in the rain.

May 13, 2012 12:29 PM
Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor
Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty - Miami Beach, FL
CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436

Joe, I guess you were being a gentleman for not mentioning the potential to make lots of money in both the game of Golf and the game of Real Estate!

May 13, 2012 01:34 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Joe, Congratulations on the featured post. I enjoyed reading it.

May 13, 2012 09:03 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Good to see you here in the Rain again.  I believe I saw a comment that you lost your father.  My deepest regrets for you and your family.  I hope that you are doing well.

May 13, 2012 10:19 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

It is the hardest sport to master. .  .(like real estate). . hoping one day I get under 90

May 13, 2012 10:47 PM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

It's a great analogy but no matter what club I choose, no matter what weather I play in, and no matter what adjustments I make -  I will never be a good golfer!


May 14, 2012 12:53 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Great analogy!  FORE!!!!!!!!!!!                                                                                                                                        

May 14, 2012 02:22 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joe,  As I was reading this post, I kept thinking I need to suggest this and when I go up to the top of the post to click on suggest...hey it is featured...great analogy and congratulations on the feature.

May 14, 2012 02:26 AM
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Leilani- I Like it too.

Ericka- Frustrating but fun.

Jerry- Good to be back and yes just like the weather.

Joan- It's good to be back.

Kevin- Money??? I thought this was for fun only.

Valerie- Thanks me too.

Gita- Thanks I'm glad you did.

Paula- We are all good.

Fernando- Score or profit.

Margaret- Good is a relative term.

C- Team- Just yell " Hey you, look out!!!!"

Rebecca- Thanks for thinking of that.


It's a good life


May 14, 2012 07:39 AM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Hey, like seeing you around again.  And, your posts are as golden as ever.

May 14, 2012 11:11 AM
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Don- I'm at a loss for words, thank you.  It's a good life.

May 14, 2012 01:28 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Featured at ...


May 14, 2012 02:06 PM
Justin Dibbs
Fairway Independent Mortgage - Ashburn, VA
Mortgage Advisor

Great analogy!  I had never thought of that but it makes perfect sense.

May 14, 2012 10:33 PM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Well said.  It's the steady players who see all kinds of markets and have the experience to serve a client in any given circumstance.

May 15, 2012 01:42 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

well, my golf coach PinHi tells: I don't believe in 'practice makes perfect'

He adds: 'Perfect practice makes perfect'.


Yes, knowing what and when to adjust comes with experience, right?

Aug 28, 2012 02:00 PM