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EXECUTIVE women are taking to the golf course in a concerted effort to go stroke for stroke with their networking male colleagues.
Golf coaches report that corporate women fear they will miss out on promotion opportunities if they can't swing with the best.

Brisbane BMW and Westside BMW marketing co-ordinator Alicia Grant said teeing off with the bosses could lead to a workplace boost, The Sunday Mail reports.

She recently organised a charity golf day, her first golfing experience.

"It's great for women to build contacts in an informal environment," Ms Grant said.

"I do think it can help your career based on the fact it's a networking opportunity outside the normal work environment.

"Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know."

Property developer Raynuha Sinnathamby was so into golf, her company constructed their own course, Brookwater, at Springfield west of Brisbane.

She said plenty of business was done on the green. "It brings the business to us. If there's a golf course there's a good excuse for (business leaders) to come here," she said.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said women represented 22 per cent of players.

He said some of the changes mooted to boost women's participation included unification of amateur golf, more PGA role models and more user-friendly and accessible golf clubs.

Pro coach Bronwyn Russell said about 70 per cent of women learning were executives. Learners often started at the public Victoria Park Golf Complex and then joined the more exclusive clubs.

"There's certainly a trend of women being in higher workplace positions ... and women feel they will miss the boat if they can't compete in corporate days and mix with the clients and partners they aspire to," Ms Russell said.

But not everyone wants to join the club. KDPR director Kristin Devitt (inset) believes if you can't beat them, ignore them.

"I think there's still an amount of business done on the golf course, but I just don't worry about it - it's a bit like Tatts (Tattersalls Club where women are barred from being members)," Ms Devitt said.

Some women have decided cycling is the best way to get ahead.

Consulting psychologist Jo Karabitsios took up pedalling a year ago and said it had given her a common "language" to talk to colleagues.

She said it was an introduction into the boardroom for an increasing number of women.
 
PHOTO INSERT: Property developer Raynuha Sinnathamby, whose company built Brookwater Golf Course in Springfield, says a lot of business is done on the green.