A golf club professional is an expert golfer who teaches others how to
play the game and also manages a golf club.
"I essentially manage the facility -- staff, membership relations, press
communications, playing and organizing tournaments and developing tourism
and marketing strategies," says golf pro Terry Graham. He's so busy with these
duties that he doesn't get out on the course as much as he'd like to!
A pro wears many hats in their daily routine. Regular duties include:
In addition to being an excellent golfer, a pro also has to be a good manager,
administrator and public relations representative for the course or country
club where they work.
"I deal with the public a lot. Keeping the customer happy is a big part
of my job," says Jane Rosen, a golf club pro in New Orleans.
Business skills are increasingly important. "A golf pro is in more of a
management- and business-level position rather than a club professional who
is just in charge of running the golf course and pro shop," says Ryan Webber,
a golf club pro.
"Our industry is really changing as far as that aspect of it." That's because
the people who own the golf clubs want pros who can make decisions on a management
level when it comes to the budget and other fiscal matters.
There are as many as 29 million golfers in North America. That means lots
of courses and a variety of settings for golf pros to enjoy. Some may work
year-round in a golf mecca like Florida, while those in the northern United
States can expect to work seasonally.
You should also be prepared to move around. Golf club pros will change
jobs every six to eight years.
Pros are expected to work long hours, especially during the golfing season.
Working 14 to 17 hours a day isn't unusual. Not surprisingly, there's high
a burnout rate in this profession, with many club pros retiring by the age
Don't be surprised if you see new golf courses springing up where you live.
Golf is a fast-growing industry with many new courses and facilities being
developed every year.
Golf is also becoming an increasingly popular sport as our society ages
and enjoys more leisure time, and as competition among courses keeps green
"When I started 20 years ago, golf was a very white-collar sport. Now you
see lots of different people getting into it," says Rosen.
To prepare for this career, get out there and golf as much as you can.
Get a feel for the industry and make as many contacts as you can. "If you
want to be a golf pro, one of the best things you can do is just get out there
and golf -- a lot," says Rosen.
Teach others how to play golf