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5 Exciting Careers in Golf That Pay Good Money

by Bethany Beckwith

You don’t have to be the next Tiger Woods to make a living in the golf world. But we understand why you’d want to. Golf is one of the most popular sports around the world.

The golf industry is said to net $70 billion in the U.S. and $176 billion globally. And while professional tour players are a highly coveted role, there are over 2 million jobs within the industry.

Let’s have a look at five careers in golf you may not have considered.

  1. Club Manager or Director of Golf

There are several careers in golf management. Director of Golf is one of them. Most private golf courses employ someone to manage the club.

A Director of Golf will oversee all the goings-on of the club. You’ll manage staff, the clubhouse, course maintenance, and any hospitality offered on-site.

  1. Club Professional

This is a good job if you really wanted to be a tour player. A Club Professional helps to set the tone of a club. The duties involved will vary depending on the size of the club and what it offers.

Club Professionals are very hands-on. They give private lessons, repair clubs, or help with club fitting sessions, generally help with the pro-shop. They also help with marketing the club to recruit and maintain new members.

Fun, fast-paced, and connected capture the essence of a Club Professional.

  1. Teaching Professional

There are many golf colleges where golf lovers can go to teach. You would be a professor showing students all the ins and outs of careers in the golf industry.

Many times golf teachers are also able to offer lessons at local golf clubs or secondary schools that have golf programs.

  1. Golf Writer

People love to read about golf almost as much as they love to play. They want to keep up to date with the top players, gameplay tips, and golf events.

As a Golf Writer, you will immerse yourself in the world of golf. You get to travel and write about what you love, golf. If you carve a niche for yourself you can make a pretty penny too.

  1. Tour Operations

If you just have your heart set on touring you might consider careers in golf management. Tours like the PGA employ thousands of people. Many of the positions are full-time.

If you can snag a position in PGA tour management it’s like the pinnacle of golf tour operations. You will still get to participate in the tournament, just in a different way than you may have imagined.

Be ready for long days, headaches from troublesome weather, and managing thousands of people through this golf career.

The Wide World Of Golf Careers

As you can see, even if you don’t make it as a golf pro you can still find great careers in golf. This is just a shortlist of options. There are many, many more.

If you don’t see something here you like, don’t fret. You can be assured there are careers in the golf industry that would be a good fit for your skillset and desires.

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