There’s nothing that says work can’t be fun. In fact, considering how much time you spend working it should be fun. If you love golf, there’s no reason why you can’t turn your adoration of the sport into a professional golf career, the sooner you do the sooner you’re going to find yourself looking forward to reporting for work.
If you have a gift for the game and enjoy working with a wide variety of people, you should give some serious consideration to becoming a golf instructor. This is an excellent opportunity to spend all day outside on the course. You’ll be the envy of all your friends who are stuck in boring office jobs. In order to be a successful golf instructor you need a solid understanding of the game as well as an ability to explain what works and what doesn’t and why, enjoy working with a wide variety of people, and a great deal of patience. The owners/managers of golf courses often encourage their instructors to compete; each win attracts more clients.
Just because you love the game of golf, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have the talent needed to instruct. Don’t assume a professional golf career won’t be for you, you can still turn your love of the sport into a lucrative career. If you’re organized, personable, and don’t mind handling a wide variety of tasks and can delegate responsibilities to other people, you should look into becoming a golf course manager/supervisor. You’ll be in charge of everyone working for the course, help plan promotions, creating clubs, and making sure everything runs smoothly.
If you enjoy working outdoors and dread the idea of having to deal with paperwork, you should think about becoming a grounds keeper. Your exact duties will vary depending on the size of the course you work for. Some grounds keepers have large crews they oversee, while others double as horticulturists, irrigation specialists, and equipment managers. You will need to learn how to run equipment, including tractors, as well getting certified to use some pesticides and fertilizers.
Most golf courses are constantly looking for great caddies. This can be a brilliant job for anyone looking for a fun job, and it can also lead to another potential professional golf career if the course finds itself with a full-time position they need to fill. In order to be a good golf caddy you need to love the sport, have strong technical knowledge, and be able to offer sound advice. Good caddies often get hired by golfers who tour the world.
If you’re personable, like meeting a wide variety of people, have an energetic personality, and strong organizational skills, you should look into jobs handling public relations. Big courses need good people to handle photography, event planning, and promotional events.
The best way to get start a professional golf career will be taking the time to earn an Associate’s Degree in golf management. It will only take 16 months and increase your chances of getting hired significantly.
Bernard Kramer is a freelance writer and blogger who focuses on golf, golf history, golf education, sports history and other related areas.