Do I really have to learn how to play golf in business?

I received one of the most dreaded calls yesterday. A call to network that I could not fulfil.

“Hey Patrick. Thanks for exchanging cards and emails with me the other day. I am calling see if you’d like to come out with a group of us for a golf charity tournament?”

I hemmed and hawed but the end result was I could not do it. My best golfing tool is a baseball bat.

My wife had pointed out at least a decade ago that this was a skill I needed. “A good chunk of business gets done on the golf course” she said. And I have put it off and put it off.

Now that my business circle is expanding rapidly I am curious if it may be time to invest in lessons.

What do you think?