In the Hudson Valley region, recreational opportunities abound. Although there are myriad options, the choice is always an easy one for Nicholas Tarkazikis, Associate at McCabe and Mack LLP: golf! We asked Nick to share more about his love for the game, and here is what we discovered:
When I started living with my college roommate, he invited me to go golfing one day. I had never golfed before. I borrowed his father’s clubs, and we went to play at Vassar golf course. I loved it, and after that first day, we began playing consistently – often 2-3 times a week! That was about 12 or 13 years ago now.
Dustin Johnson – and I have no specific reason, except to say that I really respect his game.
Patience – without question! Golf can be a VERY frustrating game. It takes a long time and a great deal of practice to develop strength and precision in your swing – and confidence in your ability to compete. The irony is that when I was a high school and college athlete, I never considered golf a “real sport.” My perception, however, quickly changed once I hit the links myself! It requires the same kind of persistence, practice, and patience that other sports do, which are the same qualities you need to practice law. I always go out there knowing that there are good days and tough days, but I show up ready to give it my best and persevere through any challenges, just like I do at work.
Playing sports throughout my childhood always gave me an outlet to relax. When I went to law school, that was gone for some time, and I definitely felt the void. Golf has provided a way for me to enjoy better health – not just from the physical standpoint of getting exercise, but also because I can enjoy hours of friendship, relaxation, and fresh air. (Of course, my wife might disagree on the amount of time I actually need out there to achieve all of that!) I believe we all need to make time in our lives for healthy activities that we enjoy, and I am really glad I discovered golf.
My mind is clearer after a day on the course, so I feel more focused at work, which is an obvious benefit. I also get to enjoy golfing “for” work attending charitable outings on behalf of McCabe and Mack when our firm sponsors events. This is very rewarding and allows me to meet new people and gain a greater understanding of our community.
I would defend that point! I have personally witnessed my cousin (who is in finance) close many deals on the course. Being together for several hours at a time in a relaxed environment gives people plenty of time to connect, talk, and decide to do business together!
Oh, there are so many great courses out there that I’d love to see. Augusta would be great since the Masters take place there – but I have also seen some beautiful courses that overlook the water in Ireland – so one of those would probably be my top choice.
Nicholas Tarkazikis, Associate at McCabe and Mack LLP, specializes in insurance/litigation defense, appellate practice, and civil rights/police liability. Learn more at https://mccm.com/nicholas-tarkazikis/.