Careers in the Golf Industry

Careers in the Golf Industry
Many beginner and recreational golfers start out learning the game of golf with dreams and aspirations of becoming a golf professional. Unfortunately only the top fraction of the top 1% of elite athletes will achieve those goals. Once you accept the reality that you will not become a professional golfer, but you still love the game, the next best thing might be to find a different career in the golfing industry.

There are a number of viable options to explore if you are interested in a golf career, some are on the course and others are supporting the industry. Many professional golfers started out as young kids caddying for their parents, and later at local tournaments. Caddying is one of the on-course jobs in the golf industry that is always in demand.

Here are some great career ideas if you are looking to work in the golf industry:

Pro Shop
Interact with golfers as they make tee times and check them in when they arrive at the course. Other jobs in the Pro Shop include sales and stocking of merchandise.

Golf Course Management
They actually have a college degree available for those who are serious about a management career in the golf industry. The degree may lead up to overall responsibility for running a golf course, and may include learning how to do all of the jobs at the golf course, such as groundskeeper and golf cart mechanic.

Sales or Account Rep
If you are great at building relationships and love to sell, then you may want to consider selling golf balls, golf clubs, golf apparel, etc. Sales Rep job may also involve travel to different golf courses, and the potential perks are very attractive.

A Golf Instructor, or Golf Pro, isn’t necessary a professional golfer, though there are professional designations, but rather this person is a great coach or teacher who is familiar with stroke mechanics and rules of the game. This could also include high school and collegiate coaching.

This is the perfect jobs for someone who wants to come out to the course and actively participate every day. It is nearly ideal for retired folks who love golf and interacting with the golfers, working a part time schedule to leave enough time for an afternoon round of discounted golf.

Country Club Staff
Those golf courses that are part of a private country club may have additional job opportunities off the golf course including kitchen staff, locker room attendant, event planning and office work. It’s a great way to stay involved in the golf industry if you have average skills.

The above gives you an idea about a variety of different job opportunities in the golf industry. Good like on getting that job!

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