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I’ve wanted to see every job related to golf, and a simple google search did not make that possible, so I’l do it myself.
I have considered all of these jobs at one point, because I simply love the golf industry. I want to make a living in golf. I think I would be good for the game of golf.
If you think the same about yourself, consider some of these jobs. Hopefully you will find one that sticks out to you.
To make this article as helpful as possible, I am going to list the following about each job:
- requirements: you can’t just jump into any job that interests you. You might need a degree, previous experience, a lot of capital to invest, or more.
- what they do on a daily basis: many jobs tend to vary day by day. However, we are going to go in depth about what activities you will be doing throughout the year.
- the starting pay (entry job): this is the average salary that can be expected in an entry level position in the field. Pay can vary depending on location, experience, responsibilities, and more. I stopped doing this halfway though the article because it didn’t provide a lot of value.
- the average pay: I will do my best to find the average pay for that position throughout the US. One thing that I want to note: these do not include the general benefits of free or heavily reduced prices of actually playing golf. If factored in, could be a huge monetary benefit depending on how much you play.
- pros and cons: no job is perfect. Let’s talk about the benefits and the drawbacks that come with each title.
- the very first step: this will be the FIRST thing that you will need to do to get this job. It will be something that you can actually do today. It’s up to you to make the first step happen.
- how to get the job: after the very first step, various other steps will have to be taken depending on the job. Follow them to a tee (golf joke), and you just might end up in your dream job.
I want to talk about a few things that you might want to consider before determining which job is perfect for you.
Before I get into this, I want to say congrats to you. Congrats on deciding that you want a job or a career in golf. Many people don’t see golf at a profitable industry. At times, it is a rough industry. But, if you get in the right spot, you make make a lot of money doing something that you truly enjoy. So congrats on stepping out from the normal office jobs and deciding that those aren’t for you. Let’s have some fun, and not hate those things that we spend all of our time doing for the next 20, 30, 40, 50+ years. What do you call them again? Oh yeah, jobs and careers.
To start off with, pick something that you are passionate about and preferably pretty good at already. For example, I love teaching golf to kids. I think I am pretty good at it too, as I’ve taught kids at a local club for many years now. For me, a job as a Director of Golf at a club is not a good fit. I don’t like setting up events or handling lots of different coordinations within organizations. I like teaching. I like working with kids. I like being on the range and on the course. So, consider your passions and your strengths. Now, I’m not saying that you should pick whatever you are passionate about, because passions don’t always pay bills. Heck, I’m passionate about chocolate cake but I don’t want to open a bakery. Passions and strengths are a good place to start, though.
After that, consider your connections; consider your network. Are you close with anyone that has a job related to your strengths and weaknesses? As much as I hate networking, “who you know” truly is one of the most important things, ESPECIALLY in golf. If you are interested in the management side of golf, do you know any one that is high up at a golf club? Do you know any directors or managers? If you are interested in the instruction side of golf, are you close with many PGA professionals? If you are looking for a job within the landscaping side of golf, do you know anyone on golf course maintenance crews? The more people you know surrounding your ideal job, the better. Consider reaching out to local workers in your field to introduce yourself and attempt to build a relationship with them.
Next, consider the upward mobility of your job. First decide if this is a temporary job or the first step in a career. If it is a temporary job, then just try to get the best one that you are qualified to do. If you are looking for a career in golf, though, you should probably look for a job where you know that you can build your way up. I know one guy who started out as a outside attendant of a golf course, and he is now a manager at a club, managing around 20 workers every day. You don’t want to be working on a landscape crew for the rest of your life. You don’t want to be a bag drop guy for the rest of your life. However, these jobs are great ones to have if you are (semi) retired and you are simply looking for something to keep you busy and keep some money coming in.
Lastly, my best advice to you would be to just take the first step. Often times, the first step is the hardest one to take. However, depending on what job you are after, there is ALWAYS something that you can do today that will increase your odds of getting the golf-related job that you want.
Ah, the job we (probably) all dream about so often. The tour pro life might not be as glorious as you might imagine, though, unless you are actualling “making it”. Only the top 100 or so golfers in the world are truly making a good living doing what they do. For the rest of them? Well, there is roughly 2,000 other professional golfers that have small to no endorsements and have to travel all across the nation and/or world, depending on what tour they chose to go after. Paying the bills can be difficult when you have to take into account so many things like hotel costs, gas and other travel costs, golf instructors, equipment, tournament entry fees, insurance, supporting families, food, etc.
It can be a very stressful job that will lead to many rough times in your career. However, if you make it to the big leagues, you can be rewarded greatly both financially and socially.
- Requirements: hmm, where to get started? You’ll need tens of thousands of hours of focused practice. If you want to follow the path of most pros, you will have to start very young, excel in junior golf, play college golf, get some exemptions, play in mini tour events, qualify for Web.com tour, excel there, and then make it to the PGA tour ideally. You’ll have to have a rather large budget upfront (or have a sponsor) to afford the golf instructors, equipment costs, tournaments, and traveling costs. You’ll have to be extremely self motivated and borderline selfish, as you need to spend more time than you imagine on the course. You’ll need to be very determined, as professional golf is sure to beat you up throughout your career. You’ll need to be frugal when starting out, or you will run out of cash and have to get a “real” job.
- What they do on a daily basis: I think we can all imagine what they do. They practice all the time: on the range, on the short game practice green, on the putting green, on the course, etc. Most of them today hit the gym to work on golf specific exercises. They might meet with their instructors to work on something. Their day is filled with practice, playing, eating, and repeating. They schedule traveling, which tournaments they are going to play, try to keep a somewhat active social media presence, will make sure they keep up with their assistant if they have one. They might have to appear for a photo shoot or commercial video for their endorsements. During tournament time, they all know what they need to do to be best prepared to play their best game each round.
- Starting pay: this is a tough one, as there are plenty of “professional golfers” that play on mini tours and make nothing to hardly anything at all. For that reason, I am going to say that the starting yearly INCOME (not profit) is roughly $10,000 in a year, which would be a very modest income for a mini tour player trying to make it in the big leagues. I’ll use the GolfSlinger.com Golf Tour as an example. If you played in 20 events in a year, including one win, 1 top 5, 3 top 10’s, made the cut 8 times, and missed the cut 7 times, you’d make roughly $10k, depending on which tournaments you are playing. Take into account equipment, traveling, tournament costs, and caddy fees, and you are probably losing money overall.
- Average pay: The midpoint salary of a PGA tour golfer is about $628k, according to GolfWeek. If you included ALL professional golfers, including mini tour golfers, I would guess that the number would be closer to $60k, but that is simply an estimated guess. That includes the guys making millions and the guys making nothing.
- Pros: Highest income potential in all of golf, no doubt about it. You can live your dream by making a living playing the game you love. People look up to you. People admire you. Free equipment as part of sponsorships/endorsements. You have a team that is all working for you to succeed.
- Cons: A lot of pressure to make enough money to survive and possibly support a family. Hard to make it. Very small odds. Need a large capital investment or an angel investor. Requires many years of practice and tournaments. Can be at the center of attention if you make a mistake (see Tiger Woods). Many responsibilities besides just playing golf. A lot of traveling and being away from family. No benefits and you have to pay self employment taxes of 15%.
- The very first step: I would say get out there, practice your short game some more, and sign up for a tournament if you are not already. You need to learn to score and play well in tournaments.
- How to get the job: practice, play well in junior and then college/amateur tournaments, turn pro, do well in pro tournaments, take advantage of good opportunities.
Henry Longhurst once said “A good caddie is more than a mere assistant. He is a guide, philosopher, and friend.” Nearly all caddies are exceptional golfers in their own rights, or at least have had so much experience caddying that they have made it their career. You’ll be in a lot of lime light, but you don’t have to deal with all of the pressures and stresses of the golfer. Instead, you will have your own stresses to worry about! For 10% of the income of the pro golfer, you’ll have to weight the pros and cons to determine if this is something that you could make a living on.
- requirements: there is no formal training for professional caddies. They just need to have great golf etiquette, an excellent golf understanding and background, typically experience in the golf industry in some way, an analytical and intuitive mind, a great network among pro golfers and other caddies. They need to be able to read other golfers, to determine what their player truly needs to play their best round.
- what they do on a daily basis: if during a tournament week, they will do the following at some point: map and walk the course, chart the greens, double check yardages, determine game plans, caddy in practice rounds, pro ams, range sessions, and finally tournament rounds. They will go through repetitive pre-round routines to double check no mistakes are being made (example: extra clubs), and to make sure they have everything in the bag beforehand (example: rain gear and umbrella).
- the starting pay (entry job): Free at the lowest level or if you are a bro. $50ish bucks per round and maybe a snack/drink/meal on average for amateur caddies.
- the average pay: 10% of the average earnings of pro golfers, so let’s say $62.8k (10% of the average PGA golf pro income) plus tips, travel, meals, etc.
- pros: lots of experiences and travel, lower stress compared to the golfer. If no tournament that week, you might have entire week off. Typically have meals and entertainment paid for by golfer.
- cons: have to miss your home and family for extended periods. Only 10% of income (plus tips) of golfer. Your income is based on someone else’s actions. You have little control (some, but not much). Not always a long term job. If your player has a bad stretch, he could fire you. A lot of pressure to provide the right advice and correct distances. If anything goes wrong, it might be your fault. No benefits and you have to pay self employment taxes of 15%, as you are an independent contractor.
- the very first step: widen your network, and study the game of golf and pyschology to get a better understanding of how to read people.
- how to get the job: Caddies are independent contractors, so any pro can choose to have someone caddy for them if the relationship is right. You have to be in the right place at the right time with the right pro golfer. The wider your network, the better odds of success, especially because you probably won’t be caddying for one golfer forever.
If you love teaching and you love the game of golf, consider becoming a PGA certified golf instructor. They are needed at nearly every country club and golf course across the nation, and it leaves a lot of room for creativity and entrepreneurship in the golf industry. You can have a mix of individual lesson and group lessons. You can teach kids and senior. You can teach men and women. You can run golf related events at your club. You can be a club fitter on the side. In general, there are lot of possibilities when you become a PGA professional instructor,
- requirements: complete a background check, be able to pass the PAT (playing ability test) by shooting a 36 hole score under 15 shots of the course rating. So, if the course rating is 70, the target score for the 36 holes would be 155 (70 x 2 = 140 + 15 = 155). This would be an average of a 77.5 score among the two days. You must be great at teaching and explaining concepts to all audiences. The easier you can explain it, the better. Pay fees, successfully complete different levels of progress in respectable timeline. Need to build a good network in golf if you want to be able to move around.
- what they do on a daily basis: run pro shops, run practice ranges, in charge of setting up, planning, and running lessons. In charge of many club events. Expected to speak at many or all golf events at their place of work. Be on top of the budget for golf related activities. Make sure the maintenance staff is on top of their work. Open and close the pro shop and practice facilities.
- the starting pay (entry job): being the head pro at a local muni golf course with a small membership base and little responsibilities will probably net around $35-50k a year starting out. Keep in mind this is for a head pro, not an assistant pro (listed below).
- the average pay: At higher end private clubs, golf head pro’s can really bring in some money. The average, considering all pros at muni courses and the top courses in the world is around $60k. This is very dependent on where you are at an how much effort you put into getting a lot of lessons. Their pay is split between their salary and additional lessons that they teach and charge for. Golf lessons can cost around $50 per hour on average, so there is a lot of variance depending on how many students an instructor has.
- pros: Not an office job. A lot of flexibility with how much you make and teach. Good hourly wage when actually teaching. Lots of things to keep you busy. Get to interact with all of the members.
- cons: have lots of responsibilities. Members can be very demanding. Have to plan and run many events. Have to work long days and weekends. Not many days off. Not many chances to actually play golf yourself. A lot of operations to be in charge of and make sure are running properly (pro shop, range, maintenance crew, etc).
- the very first step: work on your game, learn about the golf swing, and get started on the steps necessary to join the PGA Professional Golf Management program or university program.
- how to get the job: The two most common ways to become a PGA profession is to 1) complete the PGA Professional Golf Management program or 2) complete a Golf Management University/College Program at a qualifying school. The 1st choice is the more common and more accessible way to do it. Go to this website and determine what you need to do to become a certified PGA pro.
According to PGA.com, “an assistant golf professional refers to an individual who is primarily employed at a PGA Recognized Golf Facility and spends at least 50% of the time working on club repair, merchandising, handicapping records, inventory control, bookkeeping and tournament operations.”
Assistant pros do the more repetitive and monotonous activities needed for a country club or golf course to function properly. They are typically in the process of completing their golf management program, and needed experience in the golf industry. Depending on what club you are at and what head pro you work under, it can either be a very fun or very unpleasant experience.
- requirements: be working on your PGA certification, have a positive attitude no matter what you are doing, be open to learning as much as you can about the industry.
- what they do on a daily basis: A wide variety of things like regripping clubs, running the pro shop, checking inventory, inputting handicap data, helping run golf events, planning and scheduling lessons, watching and learning from the head pro, running a few lessons by themselves, and teaching kids. Along side these responsibilities, they should be available to help the head pro in whatever he needs that day.
- the average pay: the starting and average pay are very similar, as it is a temporary job, so I combined the two categories. Roughly, the average assistant pro makes around $25-30k in a year. This varies greatly depending on location and type of club/course.
- pros: get to learn a lot about the golf industry. Gets to teach some, mostly to younger students. Can start building a network. Gets to play more often than the head pro. Learns a wide array of skills. Gets to interact with members. Can get overtime hours if paid hourly. Free golf at the course.
- cons: low pay for the hours worked. Lots of responsibilities. Won’t be able to play golf as much as you might think. Can be demeaning job at times.
- the very first step: same as above. Work on your golf game, learn about the golf swing, and follow the steps necessary to join the PGA Professional Golf Management program or university program.
- how to get the job: figure out which path to the PGA is best for you. Meet all the requirements. Apply to many courses. Build your network.
Golf Mental Coach or Psychologist
Not many people are good enough or confident enough in their abilities to make a living doing this. However, it is possible. If you love the mental side of golf, and think you can teach your skillset to aspiring golfers, then give it a shot. You will definitely need to develop a big enough audience and customer base as soon as possible though. And you can’t do it without a degree in psychology, as well as a lot of experience with competitive golf.
- requirements: either a degree in physcology and/or lots of experience in competitive golf
- what they do on a daily basis: develop content about the mental side of golf, whether that be articles, social media posts, podcasts, audio tapes, videos, books, etc. Use their knowledge to help golfers overcome mental barriers and improve their mindset on and off the course. They might incorporate other improvements like mental health, physical health, better diets, etc.
- the starting pay (entry job): If they are not solely a golf psychology, as in they have a job outside of golf-only psychology, the starting pay is roughly $40k with a masters degree in phycology
- the average pay: The average pay for a physcologist in the US is about $66k.
- pros: can truly make a difference in someone’s golf game, can make it big with a audiobook, book, podcast, etc that goes viral among all golfers. Can build a good network of client if you provide enough value.
- cons: hard to compete against the top mental coaches in golf; most golfers can’t afford or don’t find your work necessary.
- the very first step: learn more about the phycology behind golf and about how you think you could help golfers.
- how to get the job: Find the best value masters degree in physcology that you can get. Consider community college for your first two years. Playing golf there would be a plus. Put a lot of time and effort into some sort of content related to the golf mental game. Start a website for your services. Spread by word of mouth.
Golf Course Superintendent
The golf course superintendent is the manager of the game’s most valuable resource: the golf course.
The career has many aspects. It entails turf management, environmental awareness, research, employee management, budget control, accounting, event planning, inventory control, communications and many other tasks. Being a golf course superintendent is not for the weak hearted. You will be working in often times very hot conditions outside for long periods of time, and you must have a wide array of knowledge about how golf courses function and are maintained.
- requirements: Certification by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), 2-year Degree or Certificate in Turf Management, experience on a groundskeeping crew; great communication, recruiting, and leadership skills. Must be very skilled with large machines and equipment related to maintaining the course.
- what they do on a daily basis: turf maintenance programs, property management, personnel management, budgettting, financial management, member relations, scheduling and maintenance for irrigation systems, chemical applications, and compliance of regulations. The Golf Course Superintendent works to create an environment where workers are involved and enthusiastic, with clear communications and respect for the property.
- the average pay: according to the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), the average golf course superintendent in the US makes around $80k annually. The top 10 percent earned over $128,000 per year.
- pros: great pay if you can get in at the right club, allows you to work with your hands, allows you to lead a team all striving for the same goal
- cons: can be grueling work in the sun, requires a college education, must be great at managing people and keeping them motivated.
- the very first step: Find the best turf management program around you. Weigh all of your options. Play golf at the community college if you can.
- how to get the job: Complete the turf management program. Start working on a maintenance staff. Apply to many jobs. Join the GCSAA. Work your way up to become the golf course superintendent.
General Managers or VP / Director of Golf
Large golf clubs, especially private ones, often have GM’s who are in charge of running all sorts of operations, such as: maintenance, pro shop, food/beverage, membership. They are typically in charge of overseeing many employees and making sure the club is in good financial health. They make sure all members and customers are treated correctly and that all employees are doing exceptional work around the club.
- requirements: management college degree, great leadership and communication skills, solid understanding of all operations of the golf course, financial knowledge on how to run a profitable club and accurately budget; leadership experience and/or golf related job experience
- what they do on a daily basis: check up on many different operation heads to ensure everything is running smoothly, keep accurate financial info, schedule and help set up large club-wide events, coordinate with all parts of the club (tennis, swimming, etc), perform budget presentations, encourage a tight knit team approach within the golf club.
- the average pay: The national average salary for a Golf Course General Manager is $63,618 in United States. The upper 10% easily make 100k, as they are in high dollar, private golf clubs with large membership bases.
- pros: get to keep in touch with all aspects of the club; always doing something different; never staying in the same place; golf benefits
- cons: Have to be self motivated, as it might be the case that no one else will be telling you what to do
- the very first step: get a job at a golf course and/or find the best value college that you can go to to get a management degree.
- how to get the job: Get a golf job, graduate with management degree, work your way up, apply to many locations, develop a great network, obtain leadership experience, improve your communication skills, develop good relationships with all members, understand the financial workings of your club.
If you love planning events and making sure everything goes just as planned, event planning within a large golf organization could be perfect for you. I know that many large golf clubs around me have one lady that is in charge of all events that the club puts on throughout the year. Whether it be demo days, tournaments, charity events, PGA play ability tests, junior events, etc, this lady is the one to go to.
- requirements: no formal training of college education needed. Need to be very detail-oriented and great with working with other departments of the club. Needs to have great communication skills to make all of the calls and emails necessary to get events planned far in advance and make sure everything will run smoothly. Must have experience of some sort in event planning.
- what they do on a daily basis: plan event, send emails and make calls, determine the best route for t-shirts, determine food options, pick prizes, manage volunteers, coordinate with all other aspects of the club to make sure nothing is conflicting
- the average pay: According to Glassdoor.com, the salary for event coordinators ranges from $23,000 to $43,000 with a national average of $35,000, This is not specific to golf clubs, though, so results will vary.
- pros: Can express a lot of creativity, can make a lot of the decisions, can lead large teams, will be very fulfilling if everything works as planned
- cons: Can be a lot of pressure. If it goes bad, blame will be put on you, can lead to a lot of boring down time if no major events are coming up. Must coordinate with so many people. Volunteers are liable to drop out and unexpected things happen, so you need to be flexible in every way possible.
- the very first step: Apply to golf courses and showcase your planning experience.
- how to get the job: Have great planning experience, apply to as many places as possible, be positive and upbeat.
Golf Course Maintenance/Greenskeeper
If you want a physical job, a golf course maintenance job could be perfect for you. It will allow you to work very early in the morning and then have some time to play golf later if that is what you are looking for. If you are good with your hands or good at operating landscaping equipment, that is an additional plus, but by no means necessary. You’ll learn a lot of what you will do on the job anyway.
- requirements: nothing formal, just the ability to be out in the sun and heat all day at times
- what they do on a daily basis: get the course ready in the morning, rake bunkers, mow greens, mow fairways and rough, mow tee boxes, make sure the course is in great aesthetic condition, check drainage to make sure water is flowing correctly, blow away leaves and debris, fill up water jugs, do semiannual maintenance of trees, shrubbery, pine straw. Put holes in the greens and cover up old ones. Aerate the greens seasonally. Make sure the greens are rolling smoothly and at the intended speed.
- the average pay: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean salary groundskeepers could expect as of May 2011 was $25,650 per year or $12.50 per hour.
- pros: get to work outside and early in the morning (I think it is a plus, at least) so you can play golf later. Free golf benefits. Learn how to correctly landscape, which could come in handy in life. Great upward mobility to golf course superintendent if motivated and well liked.
- cons: Can be tedious, mundane work. Can be grueling work. Not paid enough for how much work you do.
- the very first step: Start applying and learning how to edge and mow with a zero turn.
- how to get the job: Apply at local courses.
Golf Brand & Product Salesman
Brands and products don’t always sell themselves. And even when they do, they still need salesmen to make contacts with courses and other companies that could benefit from their product. For that reason, salesmen are always needed. If you are likable and knowledgeable about your golf product, you can make your company a lot of money, while taking a decent cut of the proceeds for your self. When it comes to earning potential, this is about as high as it gets.
When it comes to sales rep, there are two different types. Indpendent sales reps are more like independent contractors. They are free to work for many different companies if they would like, and they are not an employee of any of them. As long as their sales doesn’t overlap or contradict or go against another company they work for, they can sell as many products and brands as they would like. On the other hand, company employee sales reps work only for that one company, and they get better benefits as a result.
Independent Sales Rep
An example of this would be someone who sells different types of golf related software to golf courses and clubs to help them manage meberships. They could sell many different softwares from different companies.
- requirements: Must be very social, likable, and self motivated. Huge plus if you are a great golfer or at least super knowledgable about your product, no formal training needed.
- what they do on a daily basis: determine which products are hot, communicate with those companies to sell their goods, bargain commission rates with those companies, research products, communicate with their clients, go on social outings and events, network heavily, try to make large deals with customers
- the average pay: The average pay for an Independent Sales Representative is $48,592 per year, but this obviously depends solely on how good you are and how much you sell. One good deal could land you far more than that if you are in the right place at the right time.
- pros: how much you make is solely dependent on your actions, huge income potential
- cons: must be very self motivated, have to do a lot of product research, hard to manage so many different relationships with customers and businesses. No benefits. Will probably have to set up own LLC. No one is there to hold your hand.
- the very first step: Research golf products. Determine what you could sell to many different golf companies. Make a website and set up an LLC to protect yourself. Use your network to the best of your ability to determine what exactly these courses need or how they can save money or provide a better service.
- how to get the job: Start it yourself. You are not an employee! You are your own business, and you will act as a sole proprietor or LLC.
Golf Company Employee – Sales Rep
- requirements: work your way up in sales, have previous experience, be very likable and social, know your products like the back of your hand
- what they do on a daily basis: work with customers to determine what they need and how they can improve sales of their products. They might coordinate marketing efforts with golf companies. They will make pitches to country clubs for new products and why they should include them in their pro shop.
- the average pay: The national average salary for a Sales Representative is $39,300 in United States, but how much commission you bring in will be the only factor in this.
- pros: huge income potential, great benefits, can go on many company paid trips, will get to play a lot of golf; you can learn from someone in the company.
- cons: can be difficult to make many true connections when everyone knows you are trying to sell to them something; will have to keep up with a lot of connections and decision makers
- the very first step: Watch youtube videos on sales techniques. Sign up for the Toastmasters to improve your communication skills.
- how to get the job: Apply to as many golf related sales companies as you can. You will have to work your way up the chain to be able to have access to high dollar contacts.
Golf Merchandise Coordinator
If you love a retail setting and making sure everything is perfectly displayed, a golf merchandize coordinator job might be the one for you. Likely, the only golf related ones will be at very large golf proshops and retail locations like PGA Tour SuperStore. This job can be very fun and interesting if you love the equipment and apparel side of golf.
- requirements: retail experience, and very detail oriented
- what they do on a daily basis: determine what is low in the store, fix or set up store displays, decide what new items to have in stores, taking products from warehouse to store, tracking sales records, assessing trends and demands, doing data entry work.
- the average pay: According to payscale, an entry-level Merchandise Coordinator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000.
- pros: fun and interesting work, get to deal with all sorts of golf related inventory and equipment
- cons: very repetitive work at times, especially when it comes to inventory and data entry work
- the very first step: get a job at a retail golf location
- how to get the job: Do a good job at whatever golf retail job you start in. Work your way up and express your desire to work more on the inventory side of operations.
Pro Shop Attendent
If you are looking for a pretty basic job at a golf course, then a pro ship attendent might be a good fit for you.
- requirements: just a decent understanding of golf and golf equipment
- what they do on a daily basis: schedule tee times using a tee time sheet, answer phone calls, run the cash register, answer questions about golf equipment and anything related to the course, might have to open and close the pro shop, might even regrip clubs, depending on the size of the shop.
- the average pay: Minimum wage
- pros: No stress at all. Very easy job. Get to see a wide range of golf course activities. Can watch golf while you work, and can play for free when off work.
- cons: A lot of down time if it’s a slow day or if there is bad weather. Not fulfilling in the slightest. Low pay. A lot of sitting down.
- the very first step: Learn about golf equipment and just the basics of how golf tee times work.
- how to get the job: Apply to as many local courses as you can.
Accountant at a Golf Club
I am an accounting student in grad school right now, so I had to include this. For very large golf clubs or golf holding companies, they all need accountants to manage the day to day activities. They need someone that is able to manage the books, produce relevant information about how the clubs are doing financially, and communicate this info to descision makers and owners of the company.
- requirements: a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy
- what they do on a daily basis: manage the books, book transactions and adjusting entries, might produce financial reports and presentations, will handle accounts payable and accounts receivable. Will work with membership often to make sure new members and current members are being charged correctly.
- the average pay: The average pay for accountants in the US is about $67k, but at a small private club with much less work and responsilbity than a public accountant, I would expect closer to $60k.
- pros: essential to the operations of the golf club, easy work after you get the hang of it
- cons: can be repetitive work
- the very first step: determine which school you should get your degree from. If I had to do it over again, I would go to a community college (play golf there if you can), and then transfer to a bigger school. Learn about non-profit accounting, as that is what most golf clubs use. Learn about bookkeeping software like QuickBooks.
- how to get the job: Apply to as many golf courses as you can, tell them how you can improve their bookkeeping and save them money in the end.
Golf Club Fitters and Tour Van Workers
If you are like me, you love researching golf clubs and seeing how they impact golf shots. I love looking at different statistics that are affected by a different golf club head or shaft. Maximizing performance on the course is essential to so many golfers, and people pay for it. I got fitted for my irons many years back, and I think I paid around $120 for the one hour. It seems like a very interesting career, and it is definitely a possibility for me personally. The cream of the crop of this job would be to work in a tour van, traveling to professional golf tournaments to make any adjustments needed for pro’s clubs.
- requirements: upfront capital to afford a good launch monitor, good relationships with golf manufacturers, good relationships with courses so that you can use their driving range, a great network of golfers to start as customers; need a lot of demand in your area for this service
- what they do on a daily basis: market their services, contact tournaments and golf events to be able to set up at their events, set up at ranges, help people determine the best shaft and shaft flex for them, along with golf club heads and even grips. Many perform golf ball fittings as well.
- the average pay: Depends on how much you work. Roughly $100 an hour
- pros: Can make a lot of money and provide a lot of value to customers if you are good at what you do.
- cons: Requires a lot of capital and a solid network from the very beginning.
- the very first step: Learn as much as you can about golf equipment. Research all you can about shafts, club types, materials, and about all of the stats that launch monitors determine.
- how to get the job: Buy a launch monitor. Create a website and facebook page. Market your services. Always keep learning.
Membership and Marketing Coordinator
At large golf clubs, there will always be someone in charge of memberships. Often time, they will be in charge of the club’s marketing efforts as well. Large clubs can have hundreds of members. Making sure they are charged correctly, and making sure they pay (more importantly), is no easy task.
- requirements: No formal requirements. Very organized and detail oriented. Great communicator, as they will need to be in touch with all of the members, the GM, and the accountant often.
- what they do on a daily basis: Walk through potential members on why they should join, make sure everyone is being billed correctly, implement systems so that members can pay automatically or at least very easily. Determine membership prices and deals/promotions that they can use to get more members. Make sure members are very pleased and making the most out of their memberships. Coordinate with other club operations that are included in the membership deals.
- the average pay: The national average salary for a Member Specialist is $30,740 in United States.
- pros: Relatively easy job if solid processes are put into place
- cons: Can make you feel like you are bugging members for them to pay. Monotonous tasks. Not a lot of money. Limited opportunities.
- the very first step: Research different payment systems. See how golf courses typically bill members.
- how to get the job: Apply to as many country clubs as possible.
Golf Fitness Trainer/Instructor
We have all seen those Joey D golf fitness training videos on TV before. He was the first person that I can remember seeing that started a business based around golf fitness. I thought it was very intriguing, because I was very interested in fitness at the time. If you have a passion for fitness, or if you are already a personal trainer, consider getting into the golf fitness industry. Many juniors and aspiring pros will be willing to use your services if fairly priced.
- requirements: accredited personal trainer, good background in golf (or else people will see you as less accredited), good understanding of the motions of the golf swing and how to improve swing speed.
- what they do on a daily basis: Produce content (books, audiobooks, videos, exercise plans, etc) for potential customers to see. Work with golfers to improve their efficiency and speed in the golf swing. Researching different studies and methods to improve speed. Prevent injuries in athletes.
- the average pay: the average salary for personal fitness instructors is about $40k, but golf specialists can earn more than that depending on how big their customer base is.
- pros: Get to work with two of your passions: golf and fitness. Can see considerable improvement in your students, and they will be thrilled.
- cons: Hard to find enough customers; don’t get to work at a golf course (no benefits).
- the very first step: Learn about the mechanics of the golf swing. Study up on golf strengthening exercises and routines.
- how to get the job: Start your own golf personal training business. Market it with facebook and around golf courses. Make deals with instructors to provide them a % of the sales that they bring you.
Golf Tournament Tour Employee
All golf tours, from the PGA Golf Tour to mini tours to to college club golf tours to junior golf tours, need lots of employees to make sure everything runs smoothly. Otherwise, tournaments would be an absolute mess and golfers would stop paying money to play in them. The bigger golf tours need hundreds of employees to cover marketing, television, fan experience, volunteer management, course operations, course setup, golfer/player contacts, etc.
If you are very interested in the competitive side of golf, consider applying for different entry level jobs or internships at golf tournament tours. Many provide incredible benefits and lead to a lot of incredible opportunities for you to see beautiful golf courses and great golfers up close.
- requirements: good background in golf, previous tournament experience, good understanding of large golf tournaments
- what they do on a daily basis: There is an insanely huge number of activities that you might be doing. Depending on the crew that you are on, you will start out with learning about videography, score keeping, social media, statistics, course set up, fan experience, or any of the other large departments within a golf tour.
- the average pay: Depends on if you are working at a junior golf tour or the PGA tour or somewhere in between. Varies too much depending on your role. I tried to list a wide number of jobs throughout this article though, so keep reading!
- pros: Great experience, lots of benefits and perks, access to great people and courses
- cons: can be overwhelming at first, will take some time to find your perfect fit
- the very first step: apply for a junior golf tour job
- how to get the job: Work your way up, first working with junior golf tours, then college tournaments, then pro tours if you so wish.
Golf Organization Employee
If you simply want to work in the golf industry, the PGA and USGA offer many job opportunities. There is a wide number of initiatives and organizations affiliated with these companies, and they all need people to manage the day to day operations to make sure the organization keeps its great reputation.
- requirements: previous leadership role, golf experience preferred
- what they do on a daily basis: Wide variety of different jobs, most of which involve coordinating events or managing different subsidiaries and organizations that fall under these large golf organizations.
- the average pay: Interns make minimum wage, higher up managers make around $80-100k.
- pros: Wide variety of different jobs and opportunities
- cons: Hard to get in without relevant experience in management and golf
- the very first step: Make contacts with your regional career services
- how to get the job: Widen your network, reach out to regional coordinators (above), make your desire to work for them clear, see what jobs are available.
Golf Media/TV Company Employee
The Golf Channel and all networks that broadcast professional golf tournaments need lots of workers to make their network successful. They will need marketers, software engineers, videographers, reporters, hosts, content creators, audio experts, and more. If you have any of these skills, or think you would want to learn more about them, consider trying to get a job with one of these large media companies.
- requirements: blessed with one of the skills or interests listed in the introduction above; willing to learn
- what they do on a daily basis: Wide variety of activities. All of them related to broadcasting golf information or coverage in the best way possible for the viewers.
- the average pay: Varies widely, but average seems to be about $70k according to payscale.com
- pros: Very interesting work, great benefits, overall very cool jobs
- cons: Very hard to get, a lot of golf experience is typically recommended and necessary
- the very first step: Apply to be an intern
- how to get the job: Do a great job at your internship and work your way up. Specialize in one thing: whatever you enjoy and are very good at.
Golf Company Social Media Manager
All large golf companies are extremely active on social media. They know that these social accounts bring them a lot of their revenue, so they try to take full advantage by producing the most unique interesting content that they can. Not everyone is set out for this, though. It can be a lot of pressure to consistently put out unique content and images multiple times a day and to respond to comments that could damage your brand image.
- requirements: have a great social media presence already, and a full understanding on how to convert sales by using social media; preferable have a degree in marketing, but not required
- what they do on a daily basis: Take great pictures, travel to different events to get the best content, interact with followers, write unique descriptions that ideally will somehow link to more sales for the company.
- the average pay: For social media manager salaries, Glassdoor’s national average was $54,238, while Indeed’s was $50,489.
- pros: Can lead to a lot of awesome experiences with traveling and seeing famous golfers. Often times deals with brand new golf equipment that hasn’t been released yet, so you will be one of the first to see it.
- cons: A lot of pressure to put out new content everyday. Could risk the company’s image with a controversial post.
- the very first step: Build your own social media account that revolves around golf.
- how to get the job: Apply and show them your knowledge when it comes to branding and social media.
R&D – Golf Product Designer or Engineer
Think about the latest golf product that you bought. How about that new Callaway driver you bought with the Jailbreak technology? Yep, someone came up with that and put it into action. The marketing team did a great job of getting the news out to the public, but it never would have happened if not for the product development team.
- requirements: degree in engineering; great knowledge of materials that are involved with golf clubs and other equipment
- what they do on a daily basis: Work with R&D and the design team to develop new golf products.
- the average pay: the average salary for a golf club engineer is about $75k.
- pros: Very fulfilling to work on a new golf product from start to finish.
- cons: Possible that you could put a lot of work into a product only to change paths completely. Any imperfections in the product will be seen as your mistake.
- the very first step: apply to a college where you can get a 4 year degree, most likely in some sort of material engineering.
- how to get the job: apply as an intern at a golf club manufacturing company after completing your degree
“Jason Day’s scoring average on Sundays this year has been 68.22.” WHO CAME UP WITH THAT?
Well, the golf statistician did. Golf media companies and tournament committees hire golf statisticians to keep track of many different stats. Consumers can then go online and see them, and many of them are sent over to the broadcasters to be reported directly during TV coverage.
If you love working with numbers and statistics, this could be the perfect way to pair that with a golf career.
- requirements: a degree in math or stats or actuarial sciences.
- what they do on a daily basis: keep records of golf stats, working with software to make sure all number are correct and accurate, keep the stats organized, communicate to people that want them, report them in spreasheets, etc.
- the average pay: the median salary for a statistician is about $80k.
- pros: working with cool stats and information; fun use of your expertise
- cons: very few jobs available; will likely have to work many other jobs to gain enough experience to seem hirable.
- the very first step: Find the best value college where you can get a degree in math, stats, or actuarial sciences.
- how to get the job: Get many years of experience, wait for an opening to appear, keep making good contacts within golf industry
Golf Product Inventor
I can think of about 50 golf inventions off the top of my head. Most of them are training aids, and some are related to golf cart alternatives (boards, bikes, etc). If you have a great idea, or if you are always trying to think of different/better ways to do something, consider inventing a new golf product.
- requirements: a unique idea that will gain traction among golf fanatics; capital to invest in production of prototype and marketing
- what they do on a daily basis: think of ideas, make a prototype, test the market, put them into production, market them, continue to innovate, repeat.
- the average pay: Not Available. Hit or miss, big time!
- pros: huge income potential
- cons: large investment cost, large odds of failure or not making enough money to cover your initial investment
- the very first step: come up with a unique idea that golfers would want
- how to get the job: Start it yourself!
Golf Course Mapper/Videographer
Drone technology and golf course mapping software are both entering the golf industry with the goal to create more efficient and attractive courses. If you are interested in these types of services, this a great way to tie your interests with golf. You’ll get a lot of time with working on different golf courses and designs, which would be a lot of fun to work with.
- requirements: drone certification, being able to work with different mapping softwares, upfront investment in software and drones. Degree or experience in software related field would be highly beneficial.
- what they do on a daily basis: provide relevant information for golf course management, determine elevation and flood risk areas, provide the club with a promotional video and aerial photographs, help make yardage books and course overviews (on scorecards) for new courses, improve the functionality of GPS rangefinder technology gadgets and apps
- the average pay: Videographers make about $60k a year. If you provide more specific golf related services, you can make even more than that.
- pros: Get to see and create a lot of cool images and videos for courses. Needed for every new golf course. Can specialize and charge a premium for your hard to find services. Your images can get featured on a lot of different publications or websites.
- cons: Will have to seek out customers on your own, unless you have a good internet presence.
- the very first step: Look into purchasing the best value drone that you can afford. Determine what types of services you are going to provide.
- how to get the job: Start a website, practice with the drone, get drone certified, seek out (cold call or visit) to get your first customers. Start an LLC.
Golf Ball Diver
This profession has always intrigued me. I love finding golf balls in woods and in the water. If I wasn’t so afraid of crocodiles and snakes, I’d probably be diving somewhere right now. If you love the thrill of finding golf balls, this is a great career for you.
- requirements: nerves of steel and scuba diving experience
- what they do on a daily basis: set up contracts with courses, dive for golf balls, sell golf balls on ebay, amazon, or other platform.
- the average pay: I would say the average picker ends up making around $50k after everything is all said and done. It all depends on how many contracts they can get and how many balls they can find, though.
- pros: Super fun job; big adrenaline rush. Can find some very expensive golf balls if diving at an expensive club. Hourly wage could be very large. If you find 5,000 balls that sell for .20 on average, that’s $1,000 in a roughly 5 hour stretch. After expenses and contracts are being considered, you are still left with a huge profit.
- cons: can be very dangerous. I’ve heard some horror stories about crocodile encounters. Plus, sometimes there aren’t as many balls as you might think. Selling them can be tough too, as many times the balls are not as usable after being underwater so long. Also, it is very hard to see when underwater and it all relies on feeling deep in the mud. Balls don’t sit on the very top of the ground.
- the very first step: get scuba certified and buy a scuba suit.
- how to get the job: Pitch to local golf courses why they should use your service. Set up contracts with as many courses as you can.
Golf Construction Architect or Designer
If you are destined to get a architecture job, but love golf courses and the idea of designing one, then you were meant for a golf construction architecture job. Planning out the golf course is a daunting task, and I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Many people feel the same way, so a proficient golf course designer is highly sought after for each new golf course being built. Plus, many golf courses undergo large renovations, which would require your expertise as well.
- requirements: although not necessarily required, it is often times expected that you have a degree in architecture, ideally landscape architecture. However, you could also work your way up within a architecture company and learn as you go.
- what they do on a daily basis: design blueprints and layouts for the course, balance the needs of golf course owners regarding their budgets, coordinate with the coure decision makers and surveyors, lead major renovations of golf courses, implement different types of grass and manmade structures to golf courses, leading construction teams and large machinery to make progress.
- the average pay: The 2015 wage statistics reported by the BLS showed the mean annual wage for landscape architects was $68,600.
- pros: get to be outside; have some leeway to express some creativity and your expertise; can end up with a famous course, therefore making you famous as well
- cons: very difficult and intellectual work, have to deal with large machinery, have to coordinate and lead large teams of physical laborers, have to make sure everything is within budget and up to the golf course owner’s expectations.
- the very first step: familiarize yourself with the work of famous architects – many have written biographies or descriptive books on course design – to increase your understanding of what being a golf course architect is all about
- how to get the job: complete your degree, start working for a golf construction company, learn as much as you can about the industry
Retail Sales Associate/Manager
Golf retail stores need lots of workers to stock shelves, help customers with selections, and check customers out at the register. If you love being around golf equipment, see if your local golf stores are hiring. You can help customers pick the best items for them personally, considering their skill level and budget.
- requirements: nothing, just be open to learning how retail stores function, and stay calm when working with difficult customers
- what they do on a daily basis: stock shelves, check out customers, recommend products, help people find where things are, help people with returns
- the average pay: Minimum wage, or higher for a manager
- pros: little stress, relaxed environment
- cons: little pay, not very exciting or rewarding
- the very first step: learn about the golf equipment; make sure you know all golf terms
- how to get the job: apply to as many sports retail stores as possible
Dang, writing about golf seems miserable. I’d hate to do that. This article is now 10,000 words deep, and I am ready to keep chugging along! If you are like me, and can talk all day about golf, consider starting a blog. You can even transition into a golf writer for a major magazine if you want to. The better a writer you are, the better your odds are. Just make sure you are writing either relevant, interesting, or informational articles.
- requirements: self motivation, decent writing skills, knowledge about the game, interesting viewpoints or opinions
- what they do on a daily basis: write, write, and write. Talk to editors, keep in touch with recent news. Form opinions on different topics.
- the average pay: the average pay for an editor/writer seems to be right around $50k. If you are getting paid that much just to write about your opinins or hot topics, I’d say that’s a pretty fair deal.
- pros: Get to form your own opinions and express them openly. Can help others improve their game. Get to be around golf all day.
- cons: Can be hard to break out in the writing/publication industry. You will more likely be seen as very controversial in some way.
- the very first step: Start writing. Start a blog today and get your name out there.
- how to get the job: Get your name out to enough people, and eventually the big companies will want you writing for them.
Golf App Creator
If you have experience with apps, or if you have a great idea for a golf related app that you think could take off, consider jumping into the role of an app creator. There are lots of golf related apps that are used everyday, like GPS’s or shot trackers or golf related games.
- requirements: experience creating apps or enough capital to pay a software developer to do it
- what they do on a daily basis: think of creative business ideas, put them into action with coding/programming, or coordinate with someone (for a hefty fee) to meet your demands and expectations
- the average pay: N/A, can range from zero – tens of thousands
- pros: Can take off big time if it fixes a problem or intrigues golfers in general
- cons: very hard to take off, probably not going to be profitable or popular.
- the very first step: Get the ideas flowing and into action ASAP. Learn from your mistakes.
- how to get the job: Do it yourself or pay a developer.
YouTube Golf Star
There are lots of youtube golf stars, most of which are from the UK. If you think you have a very outgoing personality and aren’t shy of the camera at all, consider starting your own Youtube Golf channel. It can be entertainment related, which might involve a lot of funny golf videos or course vlogs. Or it could be instruction related, as golfers are always looking to improve their golf game.
- requirements: must be able to provide enough relevant, informational, or entertaining content to get a good following
- what they do on a daily basis: create content, plan new videos, reseearch equipment to improve viewer experience
- the average pay: N/A, from zero to hundreds of thousands in ad revenue for the top golf youtubers
- pros: Can be viewed by golfers worldwide, can make a lot of ad revenue, even when you sleep
- cons: Very difficult to become well known, have to spend a decent bit on equipment like mics and cameras. Very hard to stand out when the top guys have gotten so good at what they do. Might have to stay on it for years before you will become profitable.
- the very first step: Plan content, research the top golf youtubers and see what you can do better; find a good niche within golf that is relatively untapped.
- how to get the job: Start the channel. Plan the content. Create the content. Sleep. Repeat.
Golf Related Website Creator
Hey, that’s me!! Yes, there are lots of ways to make money online, even when it comes to golf. If you enjoy writing about golf or think that you can contribute some great online content for the entire country to see (hopefully), then give it a try. I have been running my website for about 3 years now, and I am finally starting to be profitable. It took a while, but the ride was worth it! If you don’t enjoy writing, definitely don’t do this!!!!
- requirements: have a good understanding at what other want to read about when it comes to golf, be open to learning a lot about SEO and web design (WordPress)
- what they do on a daily basis: write content, design the website layout
- the average pay: Hardly anything unless very popular (one day!)
- pros: A lot of fun, great learning experience, can work from anywhere
- cons: Hard to make money, takes a long time to build a gathering
- the very first step: Get a domain and hosting set up.
- how to get the job: After getting the domain/hosting, start writing!
The cart girl position is one that is very controversial. If you can deal with the awkward guys and their drunk friends, it can be very lucrative. If you decide it’s a good fit for you, try to work at the nicest and busiest golf course in your area.
- requirements: must be old enough to serve alcohol; must be female
- what they do on a daily basis: stock beverage cart, ride around the golf course, feel as if they are interrupting golfers, probably interrupt golfers a few times, have to deal with awkward interactions where drunks think they are attractive, confident, and funny. Sell drinks and snacks. Collect tips.
- the average pay: Minimum wage (or even less) plus tips. Could be very profitable if at the right place with the right members.
- pros: Can be fun. Heck, I just like riding a golf cart in general, let alone getting paid for it. Tips can be great. You might get some free snacks and drinks out of it.
- cons: Have to deal with weird, awkward comments and people; often times it seems like people don’t buy much
- the very first step: Start applying at golf courses near you.
- how to get the job: Have a fun, outgoing personality and great communication skills
Golf Rules Official
Can you think of a time where you saw a golf rules official have to interfere or answer a question during a pro tournament? It happens more often than you probably think, as one shot differences make a huge difference in payout for pro golfers. They want to take advantage of the rules as much as they can, but they don’t have time to memorize the entire rule book. That would take forever! Instead, they rely on these officials to answer questions when they get into unfamiliar circumstances.
I was surprised to learn that all rules officials are volunteers who serve on the USGA committee. They go to workshops to refine their knowledge.
- requirements: no certification necessary, just need an in depth understanding of the USGA rules of golf from the front cover to the back
- what they do on a daily basis: go to workshops, keep up with any changes in the rules, travel to tournaments where they are needed, follow groups and wait to get called on to step in
- the average pay: Free, they are volunteers!
- pros: Get to see top pros up close and get to travel + benefits
- cons: No pay, can be controversial, sometimes don’t know the exact rule, which can be a little embarrassing to them
- the very first step: search for local golf tournaments and tours that you can volunteer at
- how to get the job: volunteer at small tournaments and work your way up
Ah, my first golf job. I’ll never forget how loud it was when someone hit my cart with a golf ball while I was picking ball on the range. I thought a gunshot went off! In all actuality, though, I really liked that job. I’ll tell you more below.
- requirements: nothing, just be friendly members and stay on top of the practice green and range
- what they do on a daily basis: clean the chipping green, pick up balls on the driving range in the cart, unload balls into a ball washer, let the balls dry in large buckets, keep the golf ball pyramids full or the range ball-machine full (whichever the course uses). Open and close the range by placing everything in place and cleaning everything up at the end of the day.
- the average pay: Minimum wage
- pros: Golf benefits, a lot of down time (I would watch youtube videos and watch golf mostly), got to stay outside instead of an inside job, got to hit balls when no one else was there
- cons: almost never got tipped, people always stayed longer than the range was supposed to be open, will be pitch dark when you leave in the winter
- the very first step: apply at local courses
- how to get the job: show that you are hardworking and can complete the tasks that they want to you do
TopGolf is my favorite place on Earth. If I lived near one and was in high school or early on in college, I would definitely try to get a job there. I wouldn’t even care what I was doing. Just being around golf is great in my opinion.
- requirements: nothing, they don’t expect you to have previous experience
- what they do on a daily basis: Depends on the job. Make sure the bays are stocked with balls, make sure the scoring system is working for the users, get customer’s food and drink orders, make sure customers don’t need anything. Clean up spills, check people out at the register, deal with memberships, get clubs for lefties and kids, etc.
- the average pay: minimum wage or a little more based on how long you have been there.
- pros: A lot of fun; free TopGolf when you are off, food and drink discounts
- cons: Not a lot of money, have to deal with annoying customers at times
- the very first step: Apply at your local TopGolf
- how to get the job: demonstrate that you are a hard worker and really love the TopGolf environment
Golf Equipment Reseller
This is one of my favorite side gigs. Any time I find great deals online or locally, I take full advantage and try to buy the most that I can at a steep discount. I then sell them locally on facebook or craigslist for a profit. This way, I avoid eBay seller fees and shipping costs.
- requirements: need to be knowledgeable on golf equipment values; always be on the lookout for good deals, have to be very active on facebook to make sure you aren’t missing out on any buyers
- what they do on a daily basis: source out good deals online, usually using sales and discount codes, or simply looking for people selling golf equipment on facebook and craigslist. Clean clubs and other equipment. Take pictures and list on facebook and craigslist. Meet up and sell golf equipment. Develop networks of people that will be recurring customers.
- the average pay: All up to you.
- pros: a lot of fun, often results in you being able to try out new clubs for a while until you sell them, get to meet a lot of local golfers
- cons: have to deal with craigslist scammers and spam. Have to deal with annoying buyers on facebook. Oftentimes get stuck with something longer than you thought. Sometimes pay too much for things in hindsight. Have to drive a lot to meet up with people. People in general are unreliable.
- the very first step: Start looking for great deals online. See what sells well in your area.
- how to get the job: Start it yourself. You are your own boss.
Golf Course Marshal/ Starter/ Ranger
Every course marshal I have ever met has been so interesting and nice. I think that might be a requirement? Who knows, maybe I am just lucky. If you are looking for a way to save money on your golf, then becoming a marshal or a starter is a great idea. It just might result in a free or heavily discounted membership.
- requirements: be a veteran of the golf club typically; be old and friendly
- what they do on a daily basis: make sure all of the tee times go off in the right order and at the right time,;make sure no one is going on the course that shouldn’t be; drive around and offer a cold, scented towel (just at my club? dang I’m lucky); make sure no funny business is going on; making sure pace of play isn’t too slow
- the average pay: Minimum wage, just to keep the guy busy and give him something to do to get away from his old women for a while I think 🙂
- pros: very chill, get to talk to everyone and stay in the comfort of your shaded golf cart
- cons: Tee sheets don’t always line up, and customers might feel like you are unrightfully holding them up; players can goof of or play too slow, putting you in awkward situations
- the very first step: make a lot of friends at your golf course. Maybe you can be a marshal one day!
- how to get the job: be a veteran at your club and voice your desire to be a marshal/starter.