I was interested to read the exchange of views (NCE 27 July) on the extent to which skill at golf can accelerate the career of a civil engineer. I have come to the conclusion that since golf is, after all, a silly game, played by old ladies and people who are useless at real sports, the game itself is of no consequence.
It is the social life surrounding golf which can aid promotion and a golf clubhouse is not the only environment for assisting career progression. Off the course is where the important 'brownie points' are scored.
Anyone seeking employment in my organisation and listing golf as a pastime was shown the door if he boasted a single figure handicap, since dedication of that sort merely indicated that he would be polishing his handicap in my time.
Jeffrey Stansfield OBE (F), 22, Badgers Bank, Ipswich IP2 9EN